By Meredith Maran
This gripping tale -a yr within the lives of 3 highschool seniors and their school-takes us deep into the hearts and minds of yank young ones, and American society, today.
The seniors of Berkeley excessive are the white, black, Latino, Asian, and multiracial childrens of judges and carpenters, software program experts and rubbish creditors, housewives and housekeepers. a few are Harvard certain; others are illiterate. they're the category of 2000, and during the lives of 3 of them Class brushed off brings us contained in the nation's so much different excessive school-where we glimpse the way forward for the nation.
Autumn used to be ten whilst her father deserted her relations; when you consider that then she's been aiding her mom elevate her little brothers and maintain foodstuff at the table-while preserving her grades up so she will visit collage. Her religion in God supplies Autumn energy, yet who will supply her the cash she wishes whilst she's provided the potential of a lifetime?
From the skin, Jordan's existence appears to be like ideal. He hangs out with the "rich white kids"; rows at the team workforce, has a funky mother, utilized early to an East Coast collage. yet Jordan's drug-addicted father died final 12 months, leaving Jordan reeling with grief and anger that makes his existence consider something yet perfect-and his destiny without notice look uncertain.
A third-generation Berkeley excessive scholar, Keith is vivid and well known, a skilled soccer participant who hopes to play university ball and at some point, pass professional. yet Keith has a examining challenge that threatens his NFL dream. And the Berkeley police have an issue with Keith that threatens his very freedom.
Looking into the lives of those kids, during this American city, at present in heritage, we see greater than what is true---and what is possible--for Berkeley excessive. We see what is precise and what is attainable for America.
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