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When I Was the Greatest

Jason Reynolds

In Bed Stuy, New York, a small misunderstanding can escalate into having a price on your head-even if you're totally clean. This gritty, triumphant debut captures the heart and the hardship of life for an urban teen. A lot of the stuff that gives my neighborhood a bad name, I don't really mess with. The guns and drugs and all that, not really my thing. Nah, not his thing. Ali's got enough going on, between school and boxing and helping out at home. His best friend Noodles, though. Now there's a dude looking for trouble-and, somehow, it's always Ali around to pick up the pieces. But, hey, a guy's gotta look out for his boys, right? Besides, it's all small potatoes; it's not like anyone's getting hurt. And then there's Needles. Needles is Noodles's brother. He's got a syndrome, and gets these ticks and blurts out the wildest, craziest things. It's cool, though: everyone on their street knows he doesn't mean anything by it. Yeah, it's cool…until Ali and Noodles and Needles find themselves somewhere they never expected to be…somewhere they never should've been-where the people aren't so friendly, and even less forgiving.

In Bed Stuy, New York, a small misunderstanding can escalate into having a price on your head-even if you're totally clean. This gritty, triumphant debut captures the heart and the hardship of life for an urban teen. A lot of the stuff that gives my neighborhood a bad name, I don't really mess with. The guns and drugs and all that, not really my thing. Nah, not his thing. Ali's got enough going on, between school and boxing and helping out at home. His best friend Noodles, though. Now there's a dude looking for trouble-and, somehow, it's always Ali around to pick up the pieces. But, hey, a guy's gotta look out for his boys, right? Besides, it's all small potatoes; it's not like anyone's getting hurt. And then there's Needles. Needles is Noodles's brother. He's got a syndrome, and gets these ticks and blurts out the wildest, craziest things. It's cool, though: everyone on their street knows he doesn't mean anything by it. Yeah, it's cool…until Ali and Noodles and Needles find themselves somewhere they never expected to be…somewhere they never should've been-where the people aren't so friendly, and even less forgiving.
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Description:

In Bed Stuy, New York, a small misunderstanding can escalate into having a price on your head-even if you're totally clean. This gritty, triumphant debut captures the heart and the hardship of life for an urban teen. A lot of the stuff that gives my neighborhood a bad name, I don't really mess with. The guns and drugs and all that, not really my thing. Nah, not his thing. Ali's got enough going on, between school and boxing and helping out at home. His best friend Noodles, though. Now there's a dude looking for trouble-and, somehow, it's always Ali around to pick up the pieces. But, hey, a guy's gotta look out for his boys, right? Besides, it's all small potatoes; it's not like anyone's getting hurt. And then there's Needles. Needles is Noodles's brother. He's got a syndrome, and gets these ticks and blurts out the wildest, craziest things. It's cool, though: everyone on their street knows he doesn't mean anything by it. Yeah, it's cool…until Ali and Noodles and Needles find themselves somewhere they never expected to be…somewhere they never should've been-where the people aren't so friendly, and even less forgiving.

Language:

English

Narrators:

JB Adkins

Length:

6h 4m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:47


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:46


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:08


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:50


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:19


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:31


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:01


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:15


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:05


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:18


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:42


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:53


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:52


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:55


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:19


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:30


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:10


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:54


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:28


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:33


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:29


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:03


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:05


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:03


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:58


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:41


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:59


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:50


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:33


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:04


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:34


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:33


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:00


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:58


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:21


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:13


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:58


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:22


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:15


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:24


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:57


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:19


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:08


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:48


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:10


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:46


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:27


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:54


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:41


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:57


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:14


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:31


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:06


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:31


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:25


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:04


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:53


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:31


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:30


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:35


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:49


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:29


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:01


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:46


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:35


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:23


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:10


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:32


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:57


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:55


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:42


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:16


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:27


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:08


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

03:56


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:31


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:48


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:07


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:07


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:32


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:57


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:54


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

03:40


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

00:49


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

00:24