Show Them You're Good: A Portrait of Boys in the City of Angels the Year Before College

Jeff Hobbs (Author)
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Description

The bestselling, critically acclaimed, award-winning author of The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace presents a brilliant and transcendent work that closely follows four Los Angeles high school boys as they apply to college.

Four teenage boys are high school seniors at two very different schools within the city of Los Angeles, the second largest school district in the nation with nearly 700,000 students. Author Jeff Hobbs, writing with heart, sensitivity, and insight, stunningly captures the challenges and triumphs of being a young person confronting the future--both their own and the cultures in which they live--in contemporary America.

Combining complex social issues with the compelling experience of the individual, Hobbs takes us deep inside these boys' worlds. The foursome includes Carlos, the younger son of undocumented delivery workers, who aims to follow in his older brother's footsteps and attend an Ivy League college; Tio harbors serious ambitions to become an engineer despite a father who doesn't believe in him; Jon, devoted member of the academic decathalon team, struggles to put distance between himself and his mother, who is suffocating him with her own expectations; and Owen, raised in a wealthy family, can't get serious about academics but knows he must.

Filled with portraits of secondary characters including friends, peers, parents, teachers, and girlfriends, this masterwork of immersive journalism is both intimate and profound and destined to ignite conversations about class, race, expectations, cultural divides, and even the concept of fate. Hobbs's portrayal of these young men is not only revelatory and relevant, but also moving, eloquent, and indelibly powerful.

Product Details

Price
$28.00  $25.76
Publisher
Scribner Book Company
Publish Date
August 18, 2020
Pages
336
Dimensions
6.0 X 1.1 X 9.1 inches | 1.1 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781982116330

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About the Author

Jeff Hobbs graduated with a BA in English language and literature from Yale in 2002, where he was awarded the Willets and Meeker prizes for his writing. He is the author of The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace and The Tourists. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.

Reviews

"[An] exceptional work of investigative journalism. . . . A stirring examination of life in LA, the country's political landscape, the flaws of the American higher education system, and the rites of passage from boyhood into manhood. Laced with compassion, insight, and humor, this appealing study deserves a wide readership." --Publishers Weekly, starred review
"This book is a magical portrait of young men who share one city but vastly different circumstances as they cross into adulthood. Each character shimmers with life as they struggle to find their place in contemporary society. The paths of these close friends converge in high school and diverge most poignantly four years later, as some achieve their dreams and others fall heartbreakingly short, while measuring themselves against one another. A beautiful story about the heartache and the joy of boys becoming men in a society that does not know how to recognize or welcome them equally." --Helen Thorpe, author of The Newcomers and Just Like Us