Playground is a new novel by rapper 50 Cent.  Playground is a book about bullying and the impact bullying has on families and schools.  The story is told from the point of view of Butterball–a local school bully.  Butterball has some really tough things in his life:  his parents are recently divorced, Butterball had to move from his school, Butterball is overweight and teased a lot, and Butterball doesn’t think that anyone understands him.  Butterball is a bully and does horrible things, but from the novel, you can see why he does these thing and how he is mixed up about the actions that will gain him respect.

This is a great book about bullying.  I liked getting the perspective of the bully and seeing how scared he was.  If you are interested in edgy, action-packed books, take a look at this one.

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