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Obras de Jeff Hobbs


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Robert Peace had *nothing* going for him. Born in a ghetto just outside of Newark, he was raised by a single mother while his father was imprisoned for a double murder. And yet, Robert had innate qualities inside -- drive, intelligence, curiosity, leadership -- that had him destined for something beyond the fate assigned to almost all others in his neighborhood. These qualities ulimately landed him a spot at Yale, with all expenses paid by a generous benefactor.

We know from the book's title that the story doesn't have a happy ending. Written by Peace's former Yale roommate, Jeff Hobbs, this book doesn't answer the "Why?" -- frankly, I don't think anyone will ever know. However, Hobbs paints a picture of a brilliant young man who can't find his way in life. He doesn't feel at ease in the rarified world of the elite, and while he wants to leave the ghetto he can't seem to find a way out. Thought provoking and devastating all at once.… (mais)
jj24 | outras 41 resenhas | May 27, 2024 |
This book was well written but the title says it all. It left me angry that this brilliant man couldn't let go of his own anger and drug dealing to take advantage of the gifts he was given.
ellink | outras 41 resenhas | Jan 22, 2024 |
3.5 stars

This book offers a look at the juvenile justice system in a couple different U.S. states, through the in-depth stories of some of the teens in the system.

I liked it overall, especially the parts that detailed how the education system worked in the different facilities.

However, I felt it was a little long and repetitive at times, and there was a lot of profanity - and not all of it was as quotes, which I always find unprofessional. God's and Jesus' names were used as exclamations occasionally in the quotes from students.

I received a copy of this from the publisher via NetGalley.
… (mais)
RachelRachelRachel | outras 3 resenhas | Nov 21, 2023 |
I listened to the audio version of this book. The narration was excellent. The story is a sad one. As I 40-year veteran teacher, I have had several Rob Peaces in my classes over those years, although none quite as talented as he was. I also never had a student facing quite as many challenges as Rob did. The story follows Peace through college at Yale, on complete scholarship compliments of a generous donor to the prep academy he attended before college. The author was one of Rob’s college roommates. Jeff Hobbs is obviously a gifted writer. His writing style contrasts starkly with the world Rob Peace grew up in and went back to after he graduated from Yale. Sometimes Hobbs’ descriptions of trying to fit in with Rob’s Black friends are almost comical, genuine as they are. That said, few people in Rob’s troubled world were as close to him as Hobbs was. Hobbs’ memoir is characteristic of many memoirs these days. It includes many conversations and situations that Hobbs didn’t witness but for which he includes details that only a person who was in the situation should be able to report. I’ve never known how that worked in memoirs, but that seems to be the style with most memoir writing these days. That said, the overall story here is probably accurate and is completely disturbing. I would recommend this book to those looking for a genuine story of achievement gone bad. Just make sure you can handle the outcome.… (mais)
FormerEnglishTeacher | outras 41 resenhas | Aug 14, 2023 |



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