Bookit Review: Playground by 50 Cent (with Laura Moser)

From Goodreads:

Thirteen-year-old Butterball doesn’t have much going for him. He’s teased mercilessly about his weight. He hates the Long Island suburb his mom moved them to and wishes he still lived with his dad in the city. And now he’s stuck talking to a totally out-of-touch therapist named Liz. Liz tries to uncover what happened that day on the playground—a day that landed one kid in the hospital and Butterball in detention. Butterball refuses to let her in on the truth, and while he evades her questions, he takes readers on a journey through the moments that made him into the playground bully he is today.

Coming from 50 Cent I was expecting a story more elicit with violence, gang peer pressure and hard to read content about abusive relationships. However, I found Butterball’s story in touch with the school peer pressure and bullying faced by many urban teens. Butterball is sent to see a therapist for a violent act he commits at school, but through his sessions with his therapists both the protagonist and the reader come to understand why he has acted out in certain ways and how he comes to make more thoughtful decisions about what is important to him in life.

This story offers teens who have been bullied, and more importantly teens who do bully, the chance to learn and be inspired by the life of an artist who has achieved the urban American Dream. The language of the book is street lit credible but with a light tone (i.e. the word ‘shit’ is as bad as it gets) and the story is aided with images that look they have been created in a spray paint caricature cartoon look.

Overall it was a 3 out of 5 book for me.

Happy reading,

Bookit

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