Books with the Boy: A review of Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Hello everyone and today mum and I are doing a review of Ghost by Jason Reynolds.

About the Book:

Running. That’s all that Ghost (real name Castle Cranshaw) has ever known. But never for a track team. Nope, his game has always been ball. But when Ghost impulsively challenges an elite sprinter to a race — and wins — the Olympic medalist track coach sees he has something: crazy natural talent. Thing is, Ghost has something else: a lot of anger, and a past that he is trying to outrun. Can Ghost harness his raw talent for speed and meld with the team, or will his past finally catch up to him?

My Review:

It is about a boy called Ghost who when he was very young had to leave his house because his father always went a bit grumpy from time to time then he went so grumpy he tried to shoot them with a pistol and then he got put in the cellar (mum note: he meant prison) and then he went to this running place and learned to run for the team. Then there’s a cliffhanger where it was a big race and the starting gun fired great and that was the ending! I liked that Ghost was able to go to the running club and be part of the team and run. Ghost was my favourite character, but I didn’t like it when he stole the shoes because that is naughty and he could have ended up in jail. I would give this book 9284 stars out of 10.

Mum’s Review:

Ghost is such a lovely book. Ghost (aka Castle) Cranshaw is from an impoverished background, and he’s been through something traumatic. He is still piecing things together and he carries a lot of anger, which leads him to challenge the fastest member of the track team and beat him in an unofficial race. He’s never thought about running, but he joins the track team and it gives him a focus and a way to work through his difficult feelings. He is bullied for not having the right kit and made to feel inferior to the other children on the team, and this leads him to make some poor choices. It gave us a chance to talk about managing difficult feelings, how to react to bullying, and the consequences of the choices that we make. Coach gives him some much needed direction, and helps to guide him, and he ends the book in a much more positive place than he started. S was furious that he didn’t get to find out the result, but again, we talked about why this was and what the focus of the story was. We both thoroughly enjoyed this one, and we will definitely be reading the rest of the series.

Thank you for reading my review. I will be back again soon with another post. Let me know if you have read this book and if you did what did you think of the ending?

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