The Crossover (reread)

The Crossover (hardcover)

by Kwame Alexander

Yes, I read it again (see the original post here), because I am at a conference and this was my assigned book.  However, I picked up more this time than I did the first time I read it.  Before I tell you what I gained from it after my second read, I have to show you what blew my mind (because I just never noticed before):

If you take the cover off, it’s the color and texture of a basketball!!!  I discovered it after 4 hours of sleep and I was ecstatic (aka delirious).  I just had to share.  I love stuff like that.

What I loved about this book after reading it again… there are a few things.  First of all, I appreciated the language.  Alexander has such a way with words.  The part where they are playing basketball and he is describing his moves- it’s like a dance.  He is grooving.  The description shows how much skill he has.  It’s not just a game, it’s not just dribbling, it’s like a choreographed waltz across the court.

Another thing I didn’t catch the first time is how frequently “the crossover” came up in the story.  There was one that was especially meaningful, at a funeral.  I won’t spoil anything if you haven’t read it (although seriously, what are you waiting for?!).  The use of this basketball move as a metaphor is something that might need to be studied when speaking with students, and then they may catch on to how powerful it is!

I LOVE Kwame Alexander, and if you enjoyed The Crossover, definitely read Rebound, which is a prequel to this story.

Book 15 of 20 (summer goal)

(Book 61 of 2018)


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