New Boy: A Review

Arriving at his fifth school in as many years, diplomat’s son Osei Kokote knows he needs an ally if he is to survive his first day – so he’s lucky to hit it off with Dee, the most popular girl in school. But one student can’t stand to witness this budding relationship: Ian decides to destroy the friendship between the black boy and the golden girl. By the end of the day, the school and its key players – teachers and pupils alike – will never be the same again.

The tragedy of Othello is transposed to a 1970s suburban Washington schoolyard, where kids fall in and out of love with each other before lunchtime, and practice a casual racism picked up from their parents and teachers. Peeking over the shoulders of four 11 year olds – Osei, Dee, Ian, and his reluctant ‘girlfriend’ Mimi – Tracy Chevalier's powerful drama of friends torn apart by jealousy, bullying and betrayal will leave you reeling.


Othello is something I've always wanted to read. Now I really regret not reading it before reading New Boy. I feel like I missed something, and might have understood the story more had I read Othello before.

  The idea of New Boy sounded really exciting, set in the 70's.  The book is set in about an 8 hour time period. A normal school day I believe. Unfortunately I've never read a book that I liked that's set in a short time period. I've always grown impatient and wanted the story to go quicker.

Lastly the characters seem like I have read them before. The plot I felt half way through that despite not reading Othello kind of predictable about to a certain point. The story did eventually get more intense. The last 15 pages is where it hits you the most. The ending is the most enjoyable part in my opinion. Another thing is New Boy definitely made me want to pick up Shakespeare and read Othello and eventually give New Boy a reread.

I was given this book in exchange for my honest review from Blogging For Books.



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