A to Z, A to Z 2016, Book Reviews, Reviews

J: Just Another Hero by Sharon M. Draper

JustAnotherHeroThe description of Just Another Hero is what drew me in. I mean seriously, who wouldn’t it draw in?

This group of friends has been through so much after a deadly hazing ritual left friendships broken, hearts aching, and November pregnant with Josh’s baby. But senior year is going well, and when the fire alarm goes off, everyone assumes that crazy Jack is trying to get out of a quiz or a test. Then he shows up at the science lab wielding an AK-47, sputtering about the need to finally be taken seriously. There’s only a matter of seconds to stop a tragedy, and all eyes are searching for someone–anyone–to step up to be the hero.

Anyone who goes to public school has to wonder if some person is going to come in toting a gun at least once. And to have a story written about a hero! That means at that someone had to save someone else! Yay!

But I was disappointed once I cracked the book open. The dialog was somewhat lacking, and Arielle’s stepfather just seemed over the edge. Like as in ‘whaaaaat?’ It also took forever to get to the scene with ‘Crazy Jack’ and the AK-47 and then that scene was over with quickly.

Arielle is having troubles at home. Her stepfather is awful. He keeps track of every penny she spends and requires receipts for everything, just to make sure. He even punishes her mom if she goes over. Her mother puts up with it however, because this is much better than the women’s shelter. She’s hated by everyone at school and she’s lost her boyfriend to another girl.

Kofi has a hard time at home. His partying mother does little to help his family financially and whatever his father brings home he gambles away. Kofi is addicted to painkiller and his girlfriend Dana finds out. As he tries to stop, he receives word that he was accepted to MIT, although he’s not sure how on earth he’s going to get the money to go.

Those are the two main characters and issues of the book.

I don’t think I’d recommend this book unless I was a bit bored. If you do decide to read it though, I’d read The Battle of Jericho and November Blues first. If you jump straight into this story, which is the conclusion, you’ll be a little mixed up.

If any of you decide to read it, let me know what you think! I hope you enjoy it more than me. 😀

Anyways, Happy reading! And have a wonderful rest of the day.




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