He Said / She Said by Kwame Alexander
This novel hooked me right away with it’s main character, Omar/T-Diddy. T-Diddy reminds me of more than one of my students with his verbal verbosity and athletic abilities. He is full of bravado and chauvinistic behavior, but he acts like this he is use to getting what he wants and no one says no to him. The supporting characters are also realistic, and their dialogue is full of comedic banter.
At this point in my reading, the plot is somewhat cliched. Smart girl vs. Athlete, School Board cutting the arts over athletics, urban school full of problems. The dialogue and character make-up are what is keeping me interested.