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POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2021 Update: Week Five

Good morning, everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend so far, and that you are continuing to stay healthy.

It’s been a bit of a rough week for me, health-wise. I’ve been fighting a losing battle with my allergies since Monday, and it feels like I’ve spent the majority of the week sneezing, blowing my nose, and sleeping. My Benadryl-induced naps have definitely helped, and I am at least starting to feel a little better this morning.

This week’s POPSUGAR Reading Challenge update is about Ghost, by Jason Reynolds. A couple years ago, I actually had the opportunity to hear Reynolds and one of his best friends (who inspired the main character’s backstory) speak at a school where I was substitute teaching. I was really inspired by what they had to say to the kids, and I’ve wanted to read Ghost ever since.

A book found on a Black Lives Matter reading list…

Ghost tells the story of a boy named Castle “Ghost” Cranshaw, who has been running ever since the night his father attempted to shoot him and his mother. When Ghost stumbles upon a local track team practicing in the park, he crashes their private practice and catches the attention of their coach (a former Olympic gold medalist), who sees something special in him and talks him into joining the team…on one condition.

Ghost can only remain on the team if he can keep his grades up and stay out of trouble. It won’t be easy, because Ghost is carrying a lot of anger, and his “school rap sheet” is filled with examples of “altercations” with other students.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Ghost! It was a fantastic story, and had well-developed characters that you really come to care about throughout the course of the book. I ended up reading the entire book in a single afternoon because I just had to know how things would work out for the main character.

One of the things I liked most about the book was the fact that the story is told by Ghost himself. His voice echoes through every part of the story, and you really get a good sense of who he is and what he finds important.

It is important to mention that Ghost does include some content which may cause emotional distress for some readers. Specifically, it includes several references to past domestic violence experienced by the main character, which had a massive impact on his life.

Whether you are a fan of Jason Reynolds’s writing, interested in sports, or just looking for a really good story, I highly recommend reading Ghost. It’s a wonderful book that I’m sure you’ll enjoy! And, if you enjoy this book, there are three others in the series, including: Patina, Sunny, and Lu. I haven’t had the opportunity to read the rest of the series yet, but I definitely will as soon as possible.

Next week’s POPSUGAR Reading Challenge update will be posted on February 6th. In the meantime, I hope you will join me here on The Unapologetic Bookworm next week for book reviews and other new content. Also, please be sure to stop by tomorrow for an update on my Beat the Backlist progress!

Have a great weekend!

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