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When I was the greatest

by Reynolds, Jason,

Format: Print Book 2014
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Summary
In Bed Stuy, New York, a small misunderstanding can escalate into having a price on your head--even if you're totally clean. This gritty, triumphant debut that Publishers Weekly calls "a funny and rewarding read" captures the heart and the hardship of life for an urban teen.

A lot of the stuff that gives my neighborhood a bad name, I don't really mess with. The guns and drugs and all that, not really my thing.

Nah, not his thing. Ali's got enough going on, between school and boxing and helping out at home. His best friend Noodles, though. Now there's a dude looking for trouble--and, somehow, it's always Ali around to pick up the pieces. But, hey, a guy's gotta look out for his boys, right? Besides, it's all small potatoes; it's not like anyone's getting hurt.

And then there's Needles. Needles is Noodles's brother. He's got a syndrome, and gets these ticks and blurts out the wildest, craziest things. It's cool, though: everyone on their street knows he doesn't mean anything by it.

Yeah, it's cool...until Ali and Noodles and Needles find themselves somewhere they never expected to be...somewhere they never should've been--where the people aren't so friendly, and even less forgiving.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Sixteen-year-old Ali is a walking contradiction. He's a lauded boxer-in-training who's afraid of stepping into the ring; a straight-laced, head-down kind of kid on a bad block in Bed-Stuy, a neighborhood rife with drugs and violence. He's a pillar whose family structure has fractured only to create infrangible bonds of his own with friends and a little sister who rely on him alone for stability. But, most notably, he's a shockingly benevolent teenager who exudes ageless wit, charm, and grace among circumstances that seem like they wouldn't allow for such hope. With fresh, fast-paced dialogue, Reynolds' debut novel chronicles Ali's friendship with next-door brothers Needles and Noodles, flawed but unforgettable characters all their own, as the three prepare for the party of a lifetime and pay the consequences for thrusting themselves into a more sordid encounter than any of them could have envisioned. When I Was the Greatest is urban fiction with heart, a meditation on the meaning of family, the power of friendship, and the value of loyalty.--Walters Wright, Lexi Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "The "greatest" in the title doesn't just refer to the scene in which 15-year-old Ali defends a friend with Tourette syndrome by throwing a winning punch at a party-it also hints at what an accomplishment Reynolds's novel is. Set in the non-"Cosby" part of Brooklyn, in the neighborhood of Bed-Stuy, the story centers around the party incident and the evolving relationship between Ali, his best friend Noodles, and Noodles's brother Needles (the one with "the syndrome"). But Reynolds (half of the team behind 2009's My Name Is Jason. Mine Too.) thematically addresses much more-race and class divisions in New York, taking ownership of one's actions, and standing up for what's right-without ever sounding preachy. Reynolds also upends tired stereotypes-Ali lives with his sister and bighearted mother, but his sometimes-absentee father isn't a deadbeat, rather "a pretty good dude who just made some messed-up decisions"-while leaving in enough sass and grit to keep the story believable. Snappy descriptions (the barbershop is the "black man's country club") and a hard-won ending round out a funny and rewarding read. Ages 12-up. Agent: Elena Giovinazzo, Pippin Properties. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Additional Information
Subjects Conduct of life -- Fiction.
Families -- New York (State) -- Brooklyn -- Fiction.
Brothers and sisters -- Fiction.
Neighborhoods -- Fiction.
Violence -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) -- Fiction.
Young adult fiction.
Publisher New York :2014
Edition First edition.
Language English
Awards Coretta Scott King John Steptoe Award for New Talent, author, 2015
Description 231 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781442459489 (paperback)
1442459484 (paperback)
9781442459472 (hardcover)
1442459476 (hardcover)
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