Give A Boy A Gun by Todd Strasser

    Give A Boy A Gun by Todd Strasser, Simon and Schuster, 9781534464506, c2000, 2020

Format: First Edition Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre:  Realistic fiction

What did you like about the book?  With the society we live in today, Give A Boy A Gun hits close to home on a variety of levels. Todd Strasser does an excellent job of painting a picture of a high school experience that many others will be able to relate to. It shows how bullying and lack of support within schools can push students to their limits. It models how gun violence is something that should not be ignored and can affect anyone. 

One of the many reasons why I loved this book was due to its format. The book was interspersed with quotes, letters, text messages, etc. It made it interesting and immersed the reader in the events that were unfolding. Although it is a fictional story, all of the various writing elements made it very real. Another reason why I loved this book is the real quotes and statistics that were put at the bottom of different pages. Not only are you following a story, but also you are learning about gun violence in our country. 

Anything you didn’t like about it? No. 

To whom would you recommend this book? I would recommend this book to anyone who has read Todd Strasser books and found them enjoyable. I would also recommend this book to teachers and other school personnel who want to gain perspective on the lives of their students. I think students who have enjoyed other young adult fiction surrounding drama or real life events would also enjoy this as well. 

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries, High Schools

Where would you shelve it?  Fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Marisa Marion, Locke Middle School, Billerica MA

Date of review: 4/10/2021

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