Green by Sam Graham-Felsen


A novel of race and privilege in America that you haven't seen before: a coming-of-age story about a life-changing friendship, propelled by an exuberant, unforgettable voice."This isn't some Jedi bull****; the force I'm talking about is real, and its energies are everywhere, working on everyone."Boston, 1992. David Greenfeld is one of the few white kids at the Martin Luther King Middle School. Everybody clowns him, girls ignore him, and his hippi...

Details Green

Release DateJan 2nd, 2018
PublisherRandom House
GenreFiction, Young Adult, Coming Of Age

Reviews Green

  • Larry H
    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars."I am the white boy at the Martin Luther King Middle. Well, one of two. Kev, my oldest friend and the biggest dick I know, is the other. But if you had to pick just one, it'd be me. There are a few other white kids in the system (unless you count Boston Latin as a public school, which you shouldn't), and I pretty much know all of them."Dave Greenfeld (aka "Green") is starting the sixth grade in Boston in 1992. His "hip...
  • Esil
    Green is definitely going to elicit a broad range of reactions. It takes on a fraught topic, and does so without providing easy answers. But despite a few reservations, I found myself fully emotionally engaged -- even teary at times. David is 12 years old, describes his parents as old school hippies, and is one of the only white kids in his middle school in Boston in the early 1990s. He has a hard time finding his place, keeps begging his parents...
  • Liz
    3.5 stars, rounded upDavid Greenfeld is one of two white kids at MLK Middle School in 1992 Boston. Poor soul with his blond hair and blue eyes sticks out like a sore thumb. At least the other white kid is good at basketball. The beginning of the book threw me, with this white kid talking black kid lingo. It took me awhile to adjust to the language. He wants to fit in and that is just not going to happen. And his chances of getting into Boston Lat...
  • AnisaAnne
    You can also read my review on WP:****4.5 stars****This story made me laugh out loud but also broke my heart.Growing up in Boston, the year is 1992. David Alexander Greenfeld aka "Green" feels like the only white boy at Martin Luthar King Middle. That is not entirely accurate because there is Kev, the other one. Green is navigating his way through middle school with hippie parents, second rate shoes, and h...
  • Jill
    I’m not usually big on reading books that take on race issues because, you know. Some of them are truly appropriation – white guys acting like they know everything about the black experience. Others are cloyingly politically correct, or saccharine in their plot development.So it was an absolute surprise—and delight—to read Sam Graham-Felsen’s original take on race and privilege. The author actually grew up in Boston and was one of the f...
  • Jessica
    I received this book for free from Goodreads’ First Reads.I give this book 3.5 stars which rounds up to 4. This book tackled adolescence, race, and privilege in the 90’s in an interesting way. In a lot of ways this book reminded me of Fresh Off the Boat (both the book and the show based on the book) because of the 90’s rap/hip hop influence. Overall, I don’t quite know what to make of it. It offered a viewpoint you don’t hear about all ...
  • switterbug (Betsey)
    Sam Graham-Felsen explores fundamental racism, where each group is inflammatory to the others, in his adult book about middle-schoolers in a Boston public school. The author’s jumping off point in this coming-of age story is his own experience as one of few white boys in his school, and his imagination takes us to realist fiction in some funny, ironic, and painful ways. It is 1992, and Dave Greenwood is extra white with his curly blonde hair an...
  • Kathleen
    3.5 StarsGreen is a lot of things in this story. It's the nickname of the main character, 12-year-old Dave Greenfeld. Green is also the color of his (and his new bestie Mar's) favorite team, the Boston Celtics. Green is the color of the trees in the park that separates the rich people houses from the housing projects; it's the color associated with inexperience and envy. All of these things play a major role in the novel. I was engaged an enterta...
  • Jena
    “It seemed like the smoke of those riots spread all across the continent, all the way to Boston.”Green is a unique coming of age story, told from 12 year old David Greenfield, growing up in Boston in the early 90’s. The year Green focuses on for the entirety of the novel, is the year 92-93. We start when Dave is entering 6th grade, and the novel ends right before his 7th grade year begins.The year is significant, because this school year is...
  • Bruce Katz
    This really is a remarkable book --funny but also very serious, touching, and (to my mind) honest. "Green" is the nickname given to David Greenfield, one of the few white kids in a primarily black Boston school. He is blond, half-Jewish (though the word doesn't signify much to him), child of parents who would today be called "crunchy," grandson of a Holocaust survivor, brother to a "special needs" sibling who has stopped talking, and painfully de...