Review: Johnny and Jamaal by K.M. Breakey

Johnny and Jamaal
Author: K.M. Breakey
Publication Date: June 20, 2016
Publisher: K.M. Breakey
Genre: New Adult, Sports, Political, Fiction
Note: I received an electronic copy of this book from the author in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½


Two athletes from different planets are on the verge of greatness. Johnny’s a carefree Canadian making his mark in the NHL. Jamaal’s set to follow LeBron and Kyrie out of the ghetto. When their worlds collide, the catastrophic clash ignites racial conflict not seen since Ferguson. The incident tests the fledgling love of Johnny’s best friend Lucas and his African-American girlfriend Chantal, and sets them on a quest for truth and justice in the perverse racial landscape of 2016.

As chaos escalates across American cities, an MLK-like voice rises from the ashes. Wilbur Rufus Holmes may be salvation for Luke and Chantal, but can he stop society’s relentless descent into racial discord?

Johnny and Jamaal is awash with sports, violence and political taboo, as America’s seething dysfunction is laid bare.

I’m not the most political person. I have my views, but I try to keep them to myself for the most part. I also tend to shy away from books that revolve around a political theme. If I do read one that has a political nature, it’s normally a contemporary romance. When I read, I’m looking for an escape from every day life. I’m putting this out there because Johnny and Jamaal is a story crafted around today’s social and political environment. It’s not what I would normally read, and it was a harder book for me to enjoy.

I, like the author, come from the Northwest. The struggles the characters face in Johnny and Jamaal are not right in front of my face all of the time. Pretty much the only time I am faced with them is when watching the news. This made Johnny and Jamaal interesting to me, but uncomfortable to read. That wasn’t a good or bad thing, it just was.

K.M. Breakey is a talented writer, and was good at getting his ideologies across. Johnny and Jamaal was an engaging novel that made me think. Many readers will appreciate the multitude of topics it deals with. It may cause them to examine their thoughts and beliefs.

While Johnny and Jamaal isn’t what I would normally reach for when I’m sitting down to read, it was a timely look at what’s going on in the sociopolitical world of the United States (and Canada) today.

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