Review: The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

The CrossoverTitle: The Crossover
Series: The Crossover #1
Author: Kwame Alexander
Genres: Middle Grade contemporary

“With a bolt of lightning on my kicks . . .The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I’m delivering,” announces dread-locked, 12-year old Josh Bell. He and his twin brother Jordan are awesome on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood, he’s got mad beats, too, that tell his family’s story in verse, in this fast and furious middle grade novel of family and brotherhood.

Josh and Jordan must come to grips with growing up on and off the court to realize breaking the rules comes at a terrible price, as their story’s heart-stopping climax proves a game-changer for the entire family.


I hadn’t heard a lot about The Crossover by Kwame Alexander before picking it up, but I was still super excited about it. The concept of it reminded me of the Track series by Jason Reynolds – they both feature sport, black families, are middle grade-ish, and are fairly short – and since I’ve been loving that series a lot, I expected to love this one too. And I’m very happy to say that I absolutely adored it.

The Crossover is fairly different from a lot of the middle grade books I’m used to. When it comes to the middle grade books I’ve read there are usually a few rules, namely: bad stuff is allowed to happen, but nothing too bad, and everything’s always good in the end. This book definitely didn’t abide by these rules, which is both good and bad. Good, because the book took me to places I didn’t expect, and made me feel a lot more than I thought I was going to feel, but bad because it was hard to read about. Very hard.

The writing in The Crossover is phenomenal. The book is entirely written in verse, which is why I chose to listen to the audiobook instead of reading it myself. Because hearing the words makes me able to connect to it a lot better, and, just, wow. I always admire an author who can make me feel so much without having to use a lot of words. Plus, an author who can make me care about sports is a special kind of talented. I’m definitely going to be picking up a lot more books by Kwame Alexander.

As for the story itself, I loved it very much. I loved reading about the family relationships, about the trials of twinhood, about how much the family cared about basketball, etc. The story completely sucked me in, and I couldn’t stop reading until it was over. And I still want more.

Overall, I thought The Crossover was an incredible book, and I really can’t wait to pick up the rest of the books in this series.

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