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

  • Navidad Thelamour
    See my EXCLUSIVE interview with the author, Sam Graham-Felsen here!I will be surrounded by dudes like this for the rest of my life. White boys and white girls who grew up behind whitewashed fences, who grew up with no idea, for the rest of my life. The force preordained it: Not only will I be surrounded by them, I will become one of them, the thing I hate and can’t escape. Not a white boy or a whitey or a white b*tch, but a white person.If youâ...
  • 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...
  • Trish
    One reason this debut novel succeeds so very well are the layers. It can be enjoyed by teens but just as well by adults. Race, religion, ethnicity, family dynamics, growing up, sexual awakenings, being harassed, winning admiration, feeling out of place, making friends and losing them…all these things are eloquently addressed in the hip hop slang of a white boy trying to fit in a primarily minority school in Boston. He is twelve and on the cusp....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Ken
    I read Green mostly because the setting was Boston in the 1990s. Didn't realize it was YA until I had it in my hands. It's another study on race (which have flourished under the Trump regime and because of it), with a white protagonist, David Greenfield (a.k.a. "Green") and his black best bud, Marlon Wellings (a.k.a. "Mar"). The conceit is that Green's parents, as former hippies and do-gooders and liberal sorts, send their son Dave to a 99% black...
  • Glitterbomb
    This book did absolutely nothing for me. Actually, I lie. It annoyed me. Quite a bit. Don't expect a well thought out review, because you're not going to get one. Much like this book, with its random mish-mash of themes and no clear plot, this review will also be disjointed and will probably contain made up words and copious eye rolling. Lets start with our main character Dave. Dave is in AP classes. I don't know what that means in this world, bu...
  • Char
    3.5/5 Stars!Every once in a while, I choose or wish for a book on NetGalley solely due to the description and GREEN was one of those books. 12 year old David Greenfeld, aka Green, is nearly the only white boy in Martin Luther King Middle School in the early 90's. As such, he is subject to harassment, and not only because of his color. He's Jewish, even though his family doesn't practice, he doesn't have the right clothes or shoes, and he has few ...
  • Faith
    Maybe it would have helped to have been a boy in order to appreciate this coming of age story. Set in Boston in 1992, this book is about David Greenfeld who is a 6th grader and one of only two white boys in a middle school where he is an uncool outsider with the wrong sneakers. He forms a friendship with Marlon Wellings who lives in the projects in David's neighborhood. David's parents are hippies who made professional decisions unlike those of t...
  • Jennifer Blankfein
    Follow my reviews on Book Nation by Jen is the 1990s and Dave, son of Harvard educated hippies, is one of only a few white kids in his Boston middle school. Having a difficult time connecting with the other students, he becomes drawn to Marlon, a black kid from the projects who seems to have similar interests; video games, the Boston Celtics and getting into the better high school. They become friendly but...
  • Jaclyn Crupi
    A reader I admire told me this is his favourite book of the year so far so therefore I must immediately read it. I love specificity in fiction and this book is so clearly and distinctly set in Boston 1992 that it’s almost a celebration of Boston in 1992. The details and voice are so perfect that I could almost understand a reader focusing on the coming-of-age aspect and missing the glorious exploration of race and friendship, transgenerational ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Jacqie
    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Green is set in the early 1990's. Green himself is a white middle-school kid in Boston whose parents have decided that it's good for him to go to one of the more gritty middle schools- they have hippie ideals and want their kids to be exposed to all walks of life. In fact, Green says that he's the whitest of the two white kids in his school, a first-page sentence that ...
  • Terri Jacobson
    Boston, 1992. Dave Greenfeld is 12 years old and in his last year at Martin Luther King Middle School, where he is one of only a few white students. His parents are Harvard-educated "hippies" who actively support liberal social causes. Dave ("Green") tries to fit in at school but just ends up getting bullied. Then he makes friends with a black classmate, Marlon ("Mar"), a studious, religious, focused young man. Mar lives in nearby public housing ...
  • Joy Clark
    3.5 stars... A solid book that explores racism and privilege. David ("Green") is one of the only white kids at his public junior high. He befriends Marlon ("Mar"), a black boy who lives in the low-rent high rise in the next neighborhood. Things are great for a while, but then the cracks start to form as the two undergo testing to enter a magnet school. There are any number of microaggressions that of course David doesn't realize, but the reader (...
  • Lindsey
    DNF at 50%. I tried to get through this but I just lost steam about halfway through. The story was okay but the character voice and narration were so ridiculous I had a hard time taking it seriously. I was a teenager in the 90s and NO ONE talked the way the main character talked in this book, except kids in after-school specials or dorky anti-drug PSAs that adults wrote with all the cool new slang in order to try to reach the "youths." It's like ...
  • Rachel Kulik
    *i got this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*I’ve been reading lots of books about race and class lately but this Okay so the main character is a white male with class privilege, and he goes to a school where he is basically the only white kid. The story seems to do a lot of telling and not showing, except for how mean the POC’s are to the white kid. Maybe this changes throughout the book but I can’t sit throu...
  • Lorilin
    David Greenfield is one of two white kids at his middle school. He gets picked on, made fun of, mocked, and harassed on a regular basis. So imagine his surprise when a black classmate, Mar, sticks up for him one day while David is getting bullied. The interaction marks the beginning of a friendship between the two boys, since both are loner-type nerds who don't quite fit in. Over the following school year, they hang out all the time and become cl...
  • Cynthia
    David Greenfeld is a sixth grader who’s the son of sixties radicals. His father is a non practicing Jew and his mom was raised Christian. Both his parents believe in equality and make little money so they live in an integrated neighborhood and David is one of few nonblack students at his local school. He’s heckled constantly and called whitey so he feels left out of social life and sometimes is physically afraid until he meets a new black stu...
  • Book Pairings (Laci Long)
    Loved it! Full review to come.
  • Kasa Cotugno
    In his own voice, we meet David Greenfeld, hero of Sam Graham-Felsen’s remarkable debut novel. Middle school is hard enough to negotiate under normal circumstances, but when you’re practically the only white 12-year-old in an intercity school in Boston, it’s even worse. His parents, latter day hippies, refuse to even buy him Nikes to help pave the way — the right shoes are key to acceptance. So, with a brother on the spectrum who seemingl...
  • Irene
    This coming of age story is set in the 1990s and centers around the friendship of David and Marlon, two very different kids who find they have a lot in common. David is one of the only white kids at Martin Luther King Middle School in Boston. He's a target for bullies and hates that his parents won't send him to a private school like his little brother Benno. Marlon is being raised by his grandmother because of his mother's instability. When Marl...
  • Victoria Perkins
    After reading the description for Green, I had low expectations. It was not the genre that I usually picked from but I figured I would give it a try and try to read more diversely. I'm definitely glad I read it because it was probably one of the best books I've read in my entire life. Dave was one of the most real characters I have ever read from the point of view of. He was annoying, made terrible decisions, and cared too much about what other p...
  • Davida Chazan
    Set in 1992 in Boston, this coming-of-age story attempts to tackle the issues of class and race as from the viewpoint of David Greenfeld, one of the few white kids entering King Middle School. There David meets Marlon, a quite boy living in public housing down the block from David’s house, and somehow, they become unlikely friends. Together they’re hoping to get out of King and into the prestigious Latin school, which could pave their way to ...