Garveys father has always wanted Garvey to be athletic, but Garvey is interested in astronomy, science fiction, readinganything but sports. Feeling like a failure, he comforts himself with food. Garvey is kind, funny, smart, a loyal friend, and he is also overweight, teased by bullies, and lonely. When his only friend encourages him to join the school chorus, Garveys life changes. The chorus finds a new soloist in Garvey, and through chorus, Garvey finds a way to accept himself, and a way to finally reach his distant fatherby speaking the language of music instead of the language of sports....
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Garvey's Choice Reviews
Some of the settings are ate school where he finds new friends. In the choir club at school. At his house where his dad wants him to do sports but Garvey does not want to. Some of the main events in the book are when Garvey Joins the Choir club and tells his dad. One more of the main events are when Garvey is in a solo at his school Choir concert.
There are tons of figurative devices in the book here are some, Simile Over breakfast dad eyes me like and alien (17). Another one is Simile, Dad juggl ...more
Amazing book written in Tanka form poetry. I foresee this as a powerful read for any adolescent. This book gives voice to what many young men fear, not living up to the expectations/vision of their father.
The novel in verse also does an excellent job of looking at issues like obesity, not conforming to societal pressures, and bullying (Peers & relational)
I just love how this book gives voice to issues from a male adolescent perspective.
For me this book was an amazing "window" and hopefully ...more
This contemporary, novel-in-verse is a story that everyone who has ever felt like an outsider will identify with. Nikki Grimes has captured the emotions and thoughts of a young boy who not only struggles with the usual bullies at school, but unexpected ones at home, as well. Everyone will see a bit of themselves in Garvey as he journeys to become his own person instead of being the son his father wants him to be. Compelling, deceivingly simple and haunting, this is story that will remain with th ...more
Anyone who has struggled to live up to a parent's expectations will see a part of themselves in this book. Garvey is trying to accept himself as a young boy who enjoys reading, space, and singing, while trying to ignore his dad's desire for him to play football and the other kids' taunts about his weight. But in the end...
"I do like Manny
crank up the inside volume
listen to my dreams
as I walk through the school halls
I choose what words to let in."
That is strength. And that is Garvey's choice.
I think I liked this book because me and Garvey are similar in the fact that we may not be the thinnest, but when the world makes fun of you for it, we both went to music and friends for our safe haven.
If you've ever been called names in middle school, been judged on your appearance or felt lonely and miserable with youself this book will speak to you. When I first read the summary, I wondered how much sympathy I'd have for Garvey, but it grew and grew. I knew as soon as he shrugged off football for sci-fi this kid was his own person and I wanted to see him come into his own.
This was my first time reading a Nikki Grimes book and many speckle my TBR list, I am eager to get more this year. I wa ...more
This was a very quick read. The book was about a boy named Garvey, his dad wants him to be a quarterback and to play sports. But Garvey wants to sing. This book as okay, I don't think I would read it again though.
"Smile showing up like hope till ugly whispers from last year echo in memory, scraping that smile from my lips."
Received at BEA Chicago 2016
Writing a book all in verse must be the hardest way to write a book. You not only have to make your work stand out, but you must grasp the reader in a lot fewer words.
This one comes with a heavy topic. The words bleed and cry with the turn of each chaptering page.
Garvey is overweight and kind of nerdy. With one friend who encourages him in everything he does ...more