I’m going to start a new little series here on me blog: the Book Byte, where I briefly showcase writers or books I really like. I’ll cover my favorite mainstream ones, but especially ones published by personal author friends, because I believe we writer types should help each other out! So, in the words of Strong Bad: “Let’s take a look. A book-look.”
Chris Carlton Brown is a dear friend of my family. “Hoppergrass” is his debut book, and I was lucky enough to read it earlier this year.
FIRST LINE: “It’s always a clean, white car—this time a Ford.”
It’s a story about a teen juvie and his stint in a Southern all-boys correctional school.
Brown has experience teaching in inner-city schools, so he knows the challenges of teenagers pitting themselves against a hard world.
“Hoppergrass” really captures the hopelessness of being a teenager, especially ones people dismiss as criminals, at a place where most of the adults are little better than criminals themselves. Is it possible to find hope and redemption at such a dead-end place?
It’s an inspiring story of how friendship can grow in the most stifling of circumstances.