I am very excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for Everywhere You Don't Belong by Gabriel Bump. I received a free copy for honest review from the publisher. Thanks so much to Algonquin Books and Gabriel Bump for letting me be a part of this tour!
Title: Everywhere You Don't Belong
Author: Gabriel Bump
Published by: Algonquin Books
Released: January 12, 2021
Source: Review Copy from Publisher
Synopsis: In this alternately witty and heartbreaking debut novel, Gabriel Bump gives us an unforgettable protagonist, Claude McKay Love. Claude isn’t dangerous or brilliant—he’s an average kid coping with abandonment, violence, riots, failed love, and societal pressures as he steers his way past the signposts of youth: childhood friendships, basketball tryouts, first love, first heartbreak, picking a college, moving away from home.
Claude just wants a place where he can fit. As a young black man born on the South Side of Chicago, he is raised by his civil rights–era grandmother, who tries to shape him into a principled actor for change; yet when riots consume his neighborhood, he hesitates to take sides, unwilling to let race define his life. He decides to escape Chicago for another place, to go to college, to find a new identity, to leave the pressure cooker of his hometown behind. But as he discovers, he cannot; there is no safe haven for a young black man in this time and place called America.
Percolating with fierceness and originality, attuned to the ironies inherent in our twenty-first-century landscape, Everywhere You Don’t Belong marks the arrival of a brilliant young talent. (Synopsis from Goodreads)
My Thoughts: What a great book! I'm really glad I got to read it. It really covers topics that we are struggling with today, but it covers them in a way that is unique and different than other stories. It's definitely not the book you expect.
I really liked following Claude. I liked learning about his life. It was fun meeting his friends and seeing what it was like to be raised by his grandma. I really liked getting his story. He really had to go through some stuff. His life wasn't what you'd call easy, sometimes it could be heartbreaking.
This was a very fast read too. I found myself really caught up in the story and flipping through the pages.
This book is important and I'm glad I got to read it. I'd definitely recommend picking it up.
Gabriel Bump grew up in South Shore, Chicago. His nonfiction and fiction have appeared in Slam magazine, the Huffington Post, Springhouse Journal, and other publications. He was awarded the 2016 Deborah Slosberg Memorial Award for Fiction. He received his MFA in fiction from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He lives in Buffalo, New York.
Thank you for checking out my Blog Tour Stop for Everywhere You Don't Belong by Gabriel Bump. Thanks so much to Algonquin Books and Gabriel Bump for letting me be a part of the tour. Go get this one!