Review: Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Saleem
This was a tough read, though an important one. The novel showcases perfectly just how prison can take an ordinary, intelligent young man and strip him of all of his dignity. It is not difficult at all to see how someone like Amal would lose hope--particularly when they are innocent of all that they were accused of. The fact that while this story is fiction, that it is inspired by true events that were personally experienced by author Yusef Saleem gives this novel an additional, chilling edge.