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The Blacktop Kings review from onlinebookclub.org

The Blacktop Kings by Clarence Carter is the story of a BMX team. Liza, Izzy, Sandman, Garcia, and Red are the members of the team. They are a street BMX team that competes together. Liza named the team after the makeshift practice park that the team created using anything they could find. They call this park The Blacktop. The story follows Liza through the ups and downs of her senior year. The story begins at a party at her friend Izzy’s house. Liza had too much to drink, so Izzy made her pancakes and coffee to sober her up. Liza’s team spends most of their spare time practicing for the next competition. Will they blunder the competition like last time? Or will they win this time and finally get sponsors? Also, Liza has been keeping a secret from her team. Will she finally get the nerve to tell them? Will they think of her the same way once they know here secret?


I enjoyed this book. It is a wholesome story about a bunch of kids from the rough part of town that are trying to find success in something they love. Teenagers will easily relate to the characters in this book. Liza is a strong character with strong opinions. She loves her team and really wants them to succeed. The author does a good job of getting the reader invested in Liza’s story. She and her friends make some bad decisions, but they try to do the right thing. I love the loyalty of this group. They know they can rely on each other.


There is nothing to dislike about this book. The story kept me entertained from the beginning. The story moved at a steady pace, and there were no slow parts. Many teenagers will be able to relate to the drama and friendships in this book. I am no longer a teen, but it brought me back to my senior year. It reminded me of all the fun my friends and I had hanging out, and the hope for the future that the end of high school brought.


I give this book a rating of 4 out of 4 stars. This is a well-written story that gets you wrapped up in the drama. I found only one minor error. Clearly, this book was professionally edited. This was an enjoyable story, and there was nothing that I disliked about it.


I highly recommend this YA novel to teens and adults. Teenagers will enjoy the relatable characters, and adults will be transported back to the fun times and drama of high school. There is a little bit of profanity, but it flows with the story making it more realistic.


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