Thirteen year old Butterball doesn t have much going for him He s teased mercilessly about his weight He hates the Long Island suburb his mom moved them to and wishes he still lived with his dad in the city And now he s stuck talking to a totally out of touch therapist named Liz Liz tries to uncover what happened that day on the playground a day that landed one kid inThirteen year old Butterball doesn t have much going for him He s teased mercilessly about his weight He hates the Long Island suburb his mom moved them to and wishes he still lived with his dad in the city And now he s stuck talking to a totally out of touch therapist named Liz Liz tries to uncover what happened that day on the playground a day that landed one kid in the hospital and Butterball in detention Butterball refuses to let her in on the truth, and while he evades her questions, he takes readers on a journey through the moments that made him into the playground bully he is today.This devastating yet ultimately redemptive story is told in voice driven prose and accented with drawings and photographs, making it a natural successor to The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian Loosely inspired by 50 Cent s own adolescence, and written with his fourteen year old son in mind, Playground is sure to captivate wide attention and spark intense discussion.
Playground Thirteen year old Butterball doesn t have much going for him He s teased mercilessly about his weight He hates the Long Island suburb his mom moved them to and wishes he still lived with his dad in th

  • Title: Playground
  • Author: 50 Cent Lizzi Akana
  • ISBN: 9781595144348
  • Page: 208
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Playground”

    1. Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: youtube/channel/UCferOne day on the playground, 13 year old Butterball took a sock filled with batteries and beat up one of his closest friends, Maurice, sending him to the hospital. Now, he is being forced to talk to a therapist, Liz, as part of his detention. Butterball doesn't want Liz to uncover what really happened that day on the playground, but as their sessions continue, he begins to trust her with his story. Honestly [...]

    2. Read entire review on my blog onlectus/2012/08/Did you know 50 Cent could write? Other than songs, that is. He wrote this novel loosely inspired by his adolescence and with his 14 year old son in mind.I was very skeptical of this book and was surprised to find a very nicely, straight forward, touching and easy story to read; I was even more surprised when I found myself liking it! Because, yes, I liked it. I’m not into stories of bullies with a big redemption at the end and thank God this book [...]

    3. I was really surprised when Playground showed up in the mail. Come on now! WHAT could I have in common with a bully named Butterball? I went into the book with really low expectations. I. WAS. WRONG. Playground was a deep thinking type of read for me and Butterball was a sort of hero. I could see a lot of middle school and high school boys liking it.Butterball was an overweight African American kid from the city with umm… a lot… of issues. At first, Butterball was not an easy character to id [...]

    4. I like the story very much and it was good written. Maybe because I am an adult I already saw the mistakes Burton aka Butterball made, was making and was going to make. How he still didn't have a clue and needed to figure things out and it was very interesting to read how he figures things out. I was only disappointed that the happy end had to contain the fat child becoming not fat anymore. For me it could just be a perfectly happy end even if the writer "allowed" the main character to stay fat. [...]

    5. Ugh. I know that this book will appeal to certain readers. And I know that those are the readers that need more books to appeal to them. But Well, the book is just so ugh. But my criticisms of it come from such an old-white-lady perspective. I was annoyed by the fact that his father stole shoes and there was no consequence. I was annoyed that Butterball's "growth" was when he stood up for a little kid by menacing another kid. I was annoyed that the illustration on the cover was of the celebrity [...]

    6. Not only has 50 Cent provided a decent resource for young folks and those who support them, but he's written a relatively enjoyable novel besides. He makes a great case for the theory that bullies are often bullied themselves, and provides relatable insight into a "mean kid's" secret thoughts and vulnerabilities. Sure the plot is predictable, and the characters are little more than tired stereotypes, but overall this book is pretty damn a'ight.

    7. As soon as I started reading this book, I knew that I was going to like it. I knew this because it starts off with Butterball hitting Maurice in the face with a sock full of batteries, and I don't like it because I like that gruesome stuff a lot because I don't. I like it because it captivated me almost immediately and I wanted to find out why he did this. From then on it remained an interesting book.

    8. This book is based on a kid and he was not rich and is mom and dad were not together. He was fat and he would get mad at kids that made fun of him. In one part he had stold up to a and he had hit the kid with a sock with batters and the story grabed you with a fight at the start of the book and that is a good start to the book. I think you should realy this book its a book for a good life lesson to show you to stand up to your bully

    9. SPOILER ALERT!Meet Butterball. No, not his real name, but with a name like Burton and an extra 75 some-odd pounds, sure doom would be met in the middle school locker room. Butterball isn’t your average middle school kid; he’s what one might refer to as an anger management problem no middle school principal wants to deal with. In 50 Cent’s YA novel, Playground, Butterball wants respect, he wants his mom and dad to resume an imperfect marriage to keep him happy, a reminder that he is a very [...]

    10. Curtis Jackon III is the reason I picked this book up. Yes, 50 Cent is the author of this book, and yes, he wrote a compelling story I couldn't put down. Unlike many of the other (mostly) autobiographical novels from other artists, 50 cent creates a story here that is uniquely his own venture into the fiction category. Butterball, an obese young adolescent, struggles with issues that the average reader most likely couldn’t even imagine. Issues bigger than the constant flood of fat jokes like [...]

    11. This is book is about Curtis Jackson and everything started when he was thirteen years old. He was young and he was trying to take care of this self. He didn't have must going for this self. He thought that if you sells drug's it will help him out. Everything happen when he was living in New York and he got kicked out this daddy house for selling drugs and when he got older he washed that he didn't mess up that changes. He's mom was trying to start her life over again and she was even going to n [...]

    12. Butterball is an eighth grader recently relocated from New York City to Garden City, Long Island after his parents split. After a year and a half at his new school, he has only one friend, no one to turn to for advice, and zero academic ambition. After he undertakes an act of violence, Butterball hopes to be rewarded with respectbut along with his new reputstion come twice weekly visits with a social worker in order to return to school. As Butterball's visits with "Liz" - and his eighth grade ye [...]

    13. Guys! 50 Cent wrote a book?!? Sign me up. And while I originally swiped this from one of my high school students out of skeptical curiosity, it completely fits the bill for my low level/reading resistant readers. Told from the perspective of a bully, mainly through conversations he had with his therapist, I found the character's growth authentic and sympathetic. It has some language that might keep me from suggesting it to younger/sensitive readers, but for me it was part of what made the protag [...]

    14. Curtis Jackson, or more commonly known as 50 Cent’s purpose in writing his book, Playground, is to share his personal experiences in his adolescence stage of life. 50 Cent shows through this novel that it’s possible to make it out of the hood or the ghetto and become successful in life. This book gives you an insight to 50 Cent’s troubled teen years. Playground gives hope to all the readers that no matter how much people discourage you, whether it be friends or family, never give up on yo [...]

    15. Playground is Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson’s debut young adult novel about teen bullying. He explores this topical issue by sharing some of his own experiences in this fictionalized story. He hopes to reach out to kids to show how bullies are created and that there is hope to overcome it. As a parent, I’m very interested in this topic and was curious to read a story written from the bully’s perspective as a fresh change of pace.The story is narrated by thirteen-year-old Butterball, nicknam [...]

    16. Wow, this book was fantastic. I didn't always like Butterball, but after reading this book I can imagine why he did and acted like he did.Butterball, or let's call him with his real name: Burton. A boy with divorced parents, stuck in a bad school and surroundings. When we first get to know him we have no clue why he suddenly decided to follow the road of a bad guy, but we slowly find it out piece by piece.I never had the feeling that Burton was a bad guy, he just tried to act tough. His life was [...]

    17. When I was given the opportunity to possibly win a copy of this book I signed up only because I loved the premise of the book. I honestly knew nothing about the author except I believed he was a rapper. After getting the book and reading it I decided to look up the author. I read several articles on him and his reasons for writing the book. I could not say I expected him to say he was a bully at some point in his life as I knew nothing about him or his music. I was pleased to realize that the bo [...]

    18. This would have been four stars for me, but the time-jumping just didn't make sense. I can't figure out why sometimes we're experiencing events chronologically and why sometimes we're doing flashbacks to events while in the counselor's office. It doesn't seem to serve a purpose, and it makes things confusing. And if I find it confusing, I know my students willEVER, my students WILL like the real narrative voice and dialogue, and luckily the final third of the book runs pretty much chronologicall [...]

    19. This book was about a young teenager named Butterball. Buterball isn't the perfect teenager, he makes very por decisions. He fights because he has no other way to express his anger.Now, that Butterball goes to see a psycholgist his anger level has decreased and he's learning to control his anger. Butterball does what he sees others do that's why he acts like a tough kid all the time. This book teaches you hoe to treat others the way youb want to be treated. If you want to be treated with respect [...]

    20. Playground is about a kid nick named Butterball because he is overweight. One day he gets tried of it and beats up his friend Maurice. This incident shocks his mom and the school. They force him to see a therapist. Being this "tuff" guy he is unwilling to talk to her. Slowly he sees that she isn't horrible and answers a few questions. One day while he was in her office her starts telling her more than he really wanted to. He starts to see that his problems are at home. His mom is never around an [...]

    21. Playground is a young adult fiction book. By reading this book it is clear that divorce affects the behavior of the children experiencing the separation. When Butterball attacks Maurice in the playground he justifies the thesis by saying, " And I'd be lying if I said that didn't feel pretty good." Throughout the book Butterball struggles with his psychiatrist to understand why he wanted to hurt Maurice so badly. "I know your moms gay Butterball. You could've just told me because I wouldn't have [...]

    22. This was way better than I thought it would be. It started off slowly for me, not to mention very cliche. I honestly picked it up more because 50 Cent was the author than anything. But asButterball started to open up, I found myself opening up to the book as well. This is the kind of book I can see a lot of middle grade aged boys really connecting with - themes of insecurities, what it means to be a man, roll models hoped for, fitting in, redemption, choices parents make and how it affects kids, [...]

    23. This was a decent read. Playground is about this lid nicknamed Butterball. I would say he got in a fight but it wasn't much of one since the other kid was caught off guard and Butter ball fought dirty. Anyway, because it took place on school grounds, the playground, he has to attend sessions with a therapist. Try as he might he grudgingly likes Liz, his therapist. Throughout the book we get a glimpse of how Butter ball became this bully. A series of misunderstandings, with dash of listening to t [...]

    24. I was about to type "I actually liked this book" but the word "actually" would imply some kind of surprise, and frankly I'm not surprised at all that I enjoyed it. It's about this chubby kid nicknamed Butterball who lives in the suburbs with his mom and has to start seeing a therapist after he beats the crap out of a kid on the playground.Oh yeah, and it was "written" by 50 Cent.The story is fast paced (short chapters!) and highly readable, despite some slow scenes in the shrink's office and man [...]

    25. Not a bad story, I wanted more at the end- it read like it was meant for a younger audience, minus the cursing? I get it- and why the author thought it was necessary, but it didn't add anything to the story for me.

    26. Well played 50 Cent. I was expecting a train wreck and got a pretty good story. Tied up a little too neatly at the end, but still.

    27. This book is about how a kid changes as he grows up and has a decision to go down the path of good or the path of bad.

    28. It made me think about my childhood, because i was just like butterball causing trouble and getting into fights

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