"Book On It"

“Where is your bookmark?”

My bookmark is in the novel, “Long Division” by Kiese Laymon. The writing immediately places the reader into the story set in Post-Katrina Mississippi. The first begins with a high school freshman called City who is going to be in a national quiz contest. City is also dealing with the bullying from LaVander, a peer who calls him all sorts of derogatory names, although City does not embody any of them.

The second story continues after City becomes a sensation. He goes to live with his grandmother and what follows is an amalgamation of discovery, mystery, and growing up.

I am intrigued by reading a new place as the story is rooted in Mississippi. The writing also has a quick rhythm that stays tonal to how teenagers speak.