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Black Buck

por Mateo Askaripour

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Black Buck follows the story of Darren Vender, an unambitious twenty-two-year-old, Darren lives in a Bed-Stuy brownstone with his mother. He’s happy with his Mom, his long term girlfriend, Soraya, his best friend Jason, and Mr. Rawlings, the man who’s lived on the first floor of his house since before he was born. Darren is even content with just being a shift manager at Starbucks. But his Mom wants nothing more than for Darren to live up to his potential. So when Rhett Daniels, the CEO of Sumwun, New York’s newest tech startup, invites Darren to join the elite team on the thirty-sixth floor, Darren agrees.

Quickly finding out he’s the only Black person in the company and after enduring a “hell week” of training, Darren gets the new name “Buck”, and turns himself into an impressive salesman who becomes unrecognizable to his friends and family. But after a tragic event back home, Buck feels like he hit rock bottom and he begins to make plans to help young people of color make their way into the sales force and it forever changes the game.

This is Mateo Askaripour’s debut novel and what a talent he is! He definitely takes you on a journey that is wild and crazy. This book deals with a lot, the narrator, Buck, puts it all out on the table for the readers to read and experience: racism, gentrification, white privilege, classism, etc.

The story is told with small “notes” from Buck, who is talking to you from a later time. The little notes really make the novel unique and sometimes even funny. There are many characters and many events that keep the story going and growing. You know it’s all somehow going to blow up, because there are so many ways it could, but how it does is the shock.

This book was not what I expected at all and for that I am glad. I will for sure be keeping Mateo Askaripour on my radar for anything he releases in the future.

*Thank you Bookishfirst and HMH Publishing for an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ( )
  oldandnewbooksmell | Sep 24, 2021 |
***Reason why I don't want to read this (but do think other people should)***
I have zero interest in Wall Street. None. Also me and contemporaries don't get along very well.

That cover though*. If I saw this in a store I would buy this without thinking.

It also sounds like a story about beating the system? Or at last trying. And even though I see myself as an optimist there is a reason why I like that theme in my fantasy/sci-fi but not in contemporary fiction. I never believe it and then get sad/bitter about it.

But it does sound like a book many other people would like to read. Somehow it seems very hopeful to me based on the blurb. I hope I'll see lots of people talking about.

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  Jonesy_now | Sep 24, 2021 |
audiobook, adult fiction (racism and career mobility)
I liked it, but there were some traumatic parts that were tougher to listen to. There is significant racial aggression from a white supremacist, and even a torture scene. I would recommend this book, but it's not for everybody. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
I enjoyed the first part and was rooting for Buck to succeed and overcome the work bullies. But as things started to get more and more crazy, I decided that I really didn't like who Buck had become.
The absurdity had a purpose, and I did enjoy lots of the side characters in Buck spiraling out of control life. But some of his choices just made me shake my head, or want to shake some sense into Buck. ( )
  deslivres5 | Jun 21, 2021 |
I didn't get very far into this. It was all about a guy (given the nickname "Buck" by his white coworkers) who gets a sales job at a big company where he's the only Black employee and all the racism he deals with. I had a sales job for about 2 days once (it was one of those "Get a summer job saving the environment!" jobs for college students where actually what you do is go door-to-door convincing people to give money to your charity) and the book exaggerates the ridiculousness of sales culture, but not by much. It didn't feel like satire to me, it felt like a pretty honest depiction of toxic sales culture. The racism on top of that was just awful to read about, and I didn't find the book funny at all. ( )
  Gwendydd | Jun 13, 2021 |
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