Getting Out The Game
Reviewed by: QB Wells
The Streets. Money. Football. Jail.
Getting out the Game author, Omar Powell, delivers a non-riveting novel that leaves the reader with little to remember outside the poor cover design. The novel is based on true events and reads like a journal that spans from childhood till college, excluding few details in between. While his father is on his deathbed, the protagonist, Javon Taylor, gets a detailed letter documenting his father's addictions to drugs, alcohol and his eventual demise. Javon rebels in his own life and throughout high school after learning the information. He gets into several fights and commits some acts of larceny while going through periods of transition.
After moving a few times and adjusting to a new neighborhood, Javon, or J as he is later called, excels on the football field but is hindered by friends that were involved in the game. Football and positive coaches help motivate the protagonist to pursue and be accepted into college. Later J is persuaded to transfer to a black college and finish his career. All of J's friends either go to jail or get out the game.
Overall, Getting out the Game was a laborious read. It is presented like a novel but reads as a journal, including reference to too many friends, too many family members and too many memories of Javon. Due to the host of characters, lack of character development and plot development, the story reads at a snail pace, and leaves little room for personal attachment or space to experience the story and life of the characters.
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