The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs
Rob Peace grew up in Newark, NJ. Impoverished, single mom, father in prison, gangs, drugs. You get the picture. What's different about this picture is that Rob, through a long chain of events, ends up at Yale.
It's the story of an intellectually-gifted African-American who has what it takes to "make it" (whatever the fuck that means), but never makes it out alive.
When it was over, I was heartbroken. I felt like I was Rob Peace's friend.
His college roommate wrote the book after interviewing everyone in Rob's life and it wasn't sappy and sentimental. It was an honest, loving tribute to a man who should've made it out, GODDAMMIT.
This is an important book. Give a copy to anyone who screams, "Pull yourself up by your bootstraps!" because that shit is stupid and they need to learn a thing or two. It just goes to show that you can have the greatest education, be surrounded by cash and have potential for miles, but none of that will ever fill your heart.
Conservatives, liberals, whatever. Read this.
What you'll hate:
The only thing I hated was how devastating it was, but I didn't even hate that. This book was like a slow car crash: you knew what was coming and you didn't want to see it. The author's prose is a little cookie-cutter at times, but that is easily forgiven.
Quotes from The Short Life and Tragic Death of Rob Peace:
"He (Mr. Cawley) thought of what he'd given the boy, not in terms of money but rather in choices, and wondered how a person as bright and deserving as Rob Peace could have made the choices, beginning on the night of that banquet, that had resulted in this. And he figured that the choices hadn't necessarily begun on that night. Most likely, they'd begun on the night he was born, and not all of them had been his to make."
Have you read The Short and Tragic Life of Rob Peace? How do you think the outcome could've been different?
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