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Rooftop by Paul Volponi


by Paul Volponi

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This book was amazing. I really had doubts about it at first, but it just kept going. The description of the book was not all that great for the book. Though this is not a short read it is an easy read, and i really enjoyed what came from it. the story battled with so may things. I really enjoyed that the book was based in today. In our actual time. The struggle with racism was very interesting, and I really enjoyed the way the author wrote, and told the story!
  azjhajm | Oct 14, 2010 |
Clay and Addison are cousins. They both live in the projects. They are both in rehab. However, their path out of rehab will be quite different. Clay, who has been in the Daytop program for awhile has already sworn off drugs, forged friendships and is on the path to pass the GED and attend college. Addison is still dealing drugs and will never get a chance to take the GED. One night, up on a rooftop, he is shot by a police officer as Clay watches helplessly. The family and the community are outraged. But Clay knows Addison is not completely innocent. Does Clay dare say what he knows and risk the community's anger? This is a realistic story of the pressures placed on teens who grow up in the projects and provides a realistic if not wholly satisfying conclusion.
  elizabethholloway | Mar 1, 2010 |
Reviewed by Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

In ROOFTOP, Clay, arrested for drug possession, is enrolled in a special program called Daytop. It's for teens on parole. Kids report to the Daytop Center during the day where counselors (recovering drug offenders themselves) run a strict program complete with a philosophy statement, chores and responsibilities, study time for the GED, and a sense of family most of the kids are missing.

At Daytop, Clay runs into a cousin he hasn't seen in awhile. The two are happy to be back together, but there is tension because Addison still lives in the projects and is actively involved in some nasty stuff. Clay's goal is to get free of drugs and make something of himself. His father is his role-model. Clay's dad has been able to beat the odds and build a laundry business from scratch and move his family out of the housing projects to the other side of the street. His dream is to see Clay not only earn his GED, but also go on to college.

Even though Clay's home life is better than Addison's, he is still surrounded by less desirable elements on the streets and in school. He struggles to stay clean and pass his urine/drug tests. Another run-in for smoking pot and he'll be in jail for real.

Running with Addison one night, Clay ends up on a rooftop chasing Clorox, who owes Addison money. Clorox gets away, but when the two cousins try to follow him, they are met by the police. Thinking the cops are really Clorox and his gang, Addison grabs his wallet and fakes that it is a gun. The cops open fire, and Addison is hit by a fatal shot in the chest.

Having a seemingly innocent kid shot by the cops doesn't sit well in the projects. Family and friends are out to get the guilty cop sent to jail. The entire community becomes involved in trying to settle the score.

Volponi draws the reader into the tough lives of his characters. Vivid action and rough language paint a clear picture of life on the inner city streets. ( )
  GeniusJen | Oct 12, 2009 |
Volponi tells a powerful story of the pull of drugs and money on urban streets. Clay and Addison, cousins reunited by their journey through rehab, are torn apart by a violent act. The truth about that day will fester inside Clay until he ultimately decides how he can live with himself. The language is coarse, and the story will attract reluctant readers. ( )
  readerspeak | May 27, 2009 |
High interest view inside a daycare center for the ex-drug abuser. Students enjoy how real it feels and how so much is squeezed into so few pages. ( )
  GaylDasherSmith | Feb 12, 2009 |
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Cousins Clay and Addison were like brothers, growing up together in the projects, until they were ripped apart by a family argument. when they are reunited in a drug-treatment program, they try to work out their issues like a family. but one night, one wrong decision, leaves Clay shaken and Addison dead. And in the rash of events that follow, the truth of what actually happened on the rooftop of the apartment building is caught up in a clash of politics and racial issues. will Clay be able to rise above the lies and face the truth?

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Still reeling from seeing police shoot his unarmed cousin to death on the roof of a New York City housing project, seventeen-year-old Clay is dragged into the whirlwind of political manipulation that follows.

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