What I know about throwing a discus could fit on a baby’s fingernail, but you know what? It just doesn’t matter if Jason Reynolds is writing about it. I love Sunny as much I love Ghost and Patina and the rest of the team. They are everyboys and everygirls. We read about them and we know, deep inside, that while they look good on the outside — just like us– and can kick butt on the track –maybe not like us– they have problems, just like we all do, and they have the power to overcome them, especially if they’ve got a team, a family, some support.
And that’s the key for me and reading Jason Reynolds. He is not writing for me, but he’s really writing for all of us, because his stories are so universal. The representation he brings to and the light he shines on stories for kids is so important for kids who look like Sunny on the outside, and for kids who look like Sunny on the inside, and for kids who don’t look like Sunny at all inside or out, because these stories speak to us all.
Also, I feel like the beginning is very jazz and poetic and a little wacky. And I totally dig that.
If you haven’t read the other two in the series, don’t miss them, either:
Ghost — liowabrary review
Patina – liowabrary review
Sunny by Jason Reynolds