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Tight Lately Bryan's been feeling it in all kinds of ways Bryan knows what's tight for him reading comics drawing superheroes and hanging out with no drama But drama is every day where he's from and that gets him tight wound upAnd now Bryan's friend Mike pressures him with ideas of fun that are crazy risky One of the most immersive gripping eye opening and powerfully REAL books I ve read in some time With superheroically agile prose Torrey Maldonado packs a staggering amount into TIGHT s 177 pages There is plenty here for EVERY kind of reader to love

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Tight By Torrey Maldonado

At first it's a rush following Mike hopping turnstiles subway surfing and getting into all kinds of trouble But Bryan never really feels right acting so wrong and drama really isn't him So which way will he go especially when his dad tells him it's better to be hard and feared than likedBut if there's one It s fresh and will give middle school readers an opportunity to reflect on friendships and choices they make or will potentially make Look for this one in Sept

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Thing Bryan's gotten from his comic heroes it's that he has power to stand up for what he feels Torrey Maldonado delivers a fast paced insightful dynamic story capturing urban community life Readers will connect with Bryan's journey as he navigates a tough world with a heartfelt desire for a different lif I grabbed an ARC of this book from the Book Portage groupAn introspective look at a boy s friendships and the choices he needs to make in order to navigate his way through adolescence Tight is the story of a sixth grade student growing up in New York City This emotional compact story takes us through Bryan s emotions as he knows what makes him happy but is also dealing with what society his family and classmates expect him to be as he grows from being a boy to being a man Sometimes these things try to pull him away from what works for him or what he knows is right What I loved most about this book is how it didn t shy away from making how the boys feel important than action Its central to the reading experience here in the same way that it was in House Arrest one of the most popular books in my grade 56 class this year I think I might have found the next book for my students that got hooked on House Arrest Both KA Holt writing in verse and Torrey Maldonado don t need a lot of words or pages to show their young main characters struggle and grow Readers will experience the feelings of Bryan and the secondary characters Bryan s sister Mike Bryan s Pa and Big Will are interesting enough they could have their own books Educators and parents often use the word drama for situations in which girls emotions are out of control but this book is a good reminder that boys can have that same affliction This book could be an asset to boys who may feel like they are alone in what they feel as they try to find their true selves They may find much to enjoy and learn from Bryan s journey and much to discuss of the choices he faces that reminds me of many conversations about Jason Reynolds Ghost that I had with students this year If you are looking for thought provoking realistic fiction for middle school boys check out this book when it comes out on September 4th 45 stars


10 thoughts on “Tight By Torrey Maldonado

  1. says:

    One of the most immersive gripping eye opening and powerfully REAL books I’ve read in some time With superheroically agile prose Torrey Maldonado packs a staggering amount into TIGHT’s 177 pages There is plenty here for EVERY kind of reader to love

  2. says:

    I’m looking forward to sharing this one with my students in the fall especially those who like stories in urban settings and characters who face tough choices I loved the characters’ voices and the development of both Bryan and Mike and would have appreciated knowing a little of Pa’s backstory as well And w

  3. says:

    Tight admittedly is one of those books that really isn't for me I listened to it because I liked the narration and the cover design and try to read as much diverse fiction as I can That said I'm a white woman in my 30s and I wasn't as engros

  4. says:

    It's actually really great to read a book about toxic male friendships in middle school I feel like this is something we've all acknowledged exists for girls around this age but clearly it's not limited by gender Also a fantastic book that feels like YA but is totally MG which is rare Would recommend this to fans of Kwame Alexander

  5. says:

    It’s fresh and will give middle school readers an opportunity to reflect on friendships and choices they make or will potentially make Look for this one in Sept‬

  6. says:

    Strong voice realistic characters a great conversation starter for making choices in life when the choices aren't easy

  7. says:

    I've seen uite a few mentions of this book on Twitter and other various social media platforms that I follow for book recommendations and was p

  8. says:

    Peer pressure can have serious conseuences which Bryan uickly learns after hanging out with his new friend Mike

  9. says:

    I grabbed an ARC of this book from the Book Portage groupAn introspective look at a boy's friendships and the choices he

  10. says:

    Bryan loves uiet places and uiet times that allow him to read and draw in peace Why does that earn him the name Nerd from the other dudes He l

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