created by two friends,
the other white,
one an artist
the other a poet.
by their brotherhood of friendship,
frequent nights of cereal for dinner,
struggles to make rent,
and big dreams.
I recently attended a book event at Literati Bookstore and had the privilege of listening to Jason Reynolds speak. He is currently on tour promoting his new novel When I Was the Greatest and if his reading a snippet of that novel weren't enough to convince me that I need to read that book RIGHT NOW, I also discovered this little-known gem after I went home and researched some of his previous work. What a wonderful premise for a book!
My Name is Jason has an almost multi-genre feel to it even though it is mostly a book of poetry. Jason Griffin's art is raw and confessional and Reynolds's writing has an equally confessional style, which is further evidenced by some poems that are handwritten and even have words crossed out in
|One of many confessional moments|
My Name is Jason. Mine Too. Our Story. Our Way. by Jason Reynolds and Jason Griffin
Published: April 21, 2009
Publisher: Harper Teen
Audience: Young Adult
Disclosure: Library Copy