The White Boy Shuffle (Paul Beatty)

Black Book Quotes "I was an ashy-legged black beach bum sporting a lopsided trapezoidal natural and living in a hilltop two-story townhouse on Sixth and Bay. After an exhausting morning of bodyboarding and watching seagulls hovering over the ocean expertly catching French fries, I would spend the afternoon lounging."

Black Book Quotes

"I was an ashy-legged black beach bum sporting a lopsided trapezoidal natural and living in a hilltop two-story townhouse on Sixth and Bay. After an exhausting morning of bodyboarding and watching seagulls hovering over the ocean expertly catching French fries, I would spend the afternoon lounging."

U.S.A. / 1996

I finished this book this past February, but totally forgot to post about it. It's basically the prototype to The Sellout. The White Boy Shuffle is just as zany, ridiculous and oddly sobering as The Sellout, but the plot actually holds together a little better, I think. It's about a Black surfer dude in Cali named Gunnar, who moves from the suburbs to the hood. It's hilarious. It's hard to believe this book was published in 1996. It reads like it was released yesterday. Overall, The Sellout's language is more biting, but The White Boy Shuffle has a more cohesive narrative and sympathetic main character. I'd recommend reading these books in a pair!