“Inspiring story of a boy growing up in a very disadvantaged neighborhood, but overcoming long odds to attend Brown University. Suskind addresses the difficulty he had in trying to remain a detached reporter in this remarkable story; I feel like his admission of the difficulty lends more credence to the tale by letting the reader know that it was impossible for him to reamin completely neutral to Cedric's struggles.
The book is powerful because it illuminates the obstacles that far too many of our young men and women face in breaking the debilitating cycle of poverty, ignorance and violence; but it also makles evident that Cedric was born with a certain perseverence that not everyone is. Without better systems in place, it will continue to be only the most determined, and often times lucky, individuals that will escape an unfortunate fate of being born into difficult circumstances. Our country must find a way to ensure more equal assess to the greatest of our opportunities.”