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Tyrell by Coe Booth


by Coe Booth

Series: Tyrell (1)

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Tyrell, his "moms" and little brother Troy are homeless and staying in a roach-infested hotel in the Bronx until social services finds a more permanent shelter for them. Since Tyrell's "pops" has been imprisoned (for the second time), the family has fallen on hard times. Tyrell's mother has no idea how to take care of her family without her man around and Tyrell feels the pressure to step up where his mother has failed. He decides to host a huge dance party to raise money for an apartment. While undergoing life's pressures, Tyrell finds some physical and emotional comfort with his virginal girlfriend Novisha, and Jasmine, a girl he meets at the roach hotel. A raw and graphic portrayal of a hardscrabble life told with an honest and realistic voice. Kids will feel Tyrell's world, especially those in similar situations.
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
A painful but honest and moving narrative that almost left me feeling broken but held out just enough hope to get by on. Tyrell himself is a fascinating character with real flaws and strengths. Too often characters have "flaws" that aren't really flaws, or else their flaws are real but make them inaccessible. I really cared about Tyrell even as I saw him making mistakes, and I cheered when he succeeded.

Note: Quite a lot of mature content. Appropriate for the story, but be warned.
  devafagan | Jan 2, 2015 |
I thought the writing style was unique and that it was an honest situation with honest characters. But the portrayal of females in the book really got to me and by the end I could barely handle it. I think I might have rated it higher, but I liked it in the beginning and had such issues at the end that it made it seem like I liked it even less. ( )
  leftik | Apr 3, 2013 |
Wow, what a fantastic read! I picked this up at work to give it a go and I was immediately sucked in. You really get the sense of desperation and struggle that Tyrell faces in his narration and how much he’s willing to do to stay out of the “system.” I was hooked from the first few pages and did not want to put it down. I loved the tension and how Tyrell finds another way to support his family financially without resorting to drugs or prostitution. I was expecting the ending to be more tragic, but it fit and gave me a sense of hope for all of the characters. Excellent modern YA! ( )
  princess-starr | Mar 31, 2013 |
Luis Torres Jr
Block D
March 8, 2013


When i started to read Tyrell by Coe Booth it was an 8th grade i was looking for a book so i found Tyrell and started to read it and it was so interesting to me and might be to you to. The main characters about this book Tyrell, his mother, younger brother, his girlfriend, and one friend that is a girl. The plot of this story is Tyrell is homeless and his mother is no help to him and they keep fighting and he is trying to make a party to make enough money to get him and his brother out of the shelter he i in and he is also fighting with his girlfriend. Well the pros of this book is realy realstic it makes you think a lot about how your relationships are going whether it is with family or other people. cons of this book beacuse it is the bomb.
I would recommened this book to anybody who loves to read drama and fighting. In conculsion you should read Tyrell beacuse it is one of the best drama books you can ever rad in your life. I like this book because it makes you think about your life that is why i like this book
  LUIS16 | Mar 11, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0439838800, Paperback)

An astonishing new voice in teen literature, writing what is sure to be one of the most talked-about debuts of the year.

Tyrell is a young African-American teen who can't get a break. He's living (for now) with his spaced-out mother and little brother in a homeless shelter. His father's in jail. His girlfriend supports him, but he doesn't feel good enough for her -- and seems to be always on the verge of doing the wrong thing around her. There's another girl at the homeless shelter who is also after him, although the desires there are complicated. Tyrell feels he needs to score some money to make things better. Will he end up following in his father's footsteps?

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Fifteen-year-old Tyrell, who is living in a Bronx homeless shelter with his spaced-out mother and his younger brother, tries to avoid temptation so he does not end up in jail like his father.

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