Book Review: The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater

Never let your obstacles become more important than your goal

I thought the synopsis of The 57 Bus was interesting, but the way it is written was totally not me and I was annoyed for most of the time.

Book Review: The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater


Title & Author: The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater
Genre: Nonfiction, Drama
Release date: October 17 2017
Series: Standalone
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux


One teenager in a skirt.
One teenager with a lighter.
One moment that changes both of their lives forever.

If it weren’t for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes. But one afternoon on the bus ride home from school, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned, and Richard charged with two hate crimes and facing life imprisonment. The case garnered international attention, thrusting both teenagers into the spotlight.

I give The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater two out of five hearts because I really disliked the way the story is told. I was disappointed with it because I really wanted to read this book because of its synopsis.

The story is filled with exposition and felt more like a study of what happened on that bus than anything else. It is literally explained what the difference is between all the different sexual orientations and I know that in the culture today it is important to make that distinction and also for the story, but I do think that by now people have been thrown around their heads with them and they should already know otherwise they wouldn’t even read this book. Also, not all the sexual orientations are important for the story.

I do think that what happened to Sasha and Richard is horrible, but I also think writing a nonfiction book about these two isn’t necessary. These two teenagers should be left in peace and given the space they need to recover from these events.

Overall I wished it had been a fiction book and written that way because I really disliked this book. But unfortunately it wasn’t and it is this mess. It doesn’t make me very interesting to read anything else by Dashka Slater, even her children’s books.

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