BOOK REVIEW - Terry's Crew by Terry Crews


Terry’s Crew by Terry Crews

Genre: Middle Grade Graphic Novel

Publishing Date: November 8, 2022


Actor-author-athlete Terry Crews digs into his childhood in Flint, Michigan, to tell a story of fitting in and finding your place in his showstopping debut middle-grade graphic novel, the start of a series.

Terry’s Crew is a true delight from beginning to end. It’s sure to provide a much-needed mirror and sliding glass door for countless kids.” —Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give

“A delightful, powerful, readable retelling of Terry Crews’s adolescence. Readers young and old will be captivated.”
—Sharon M. Draper, author of Out of My Mind

“A must read for all those kids who allow themselves to dream in a variety of big ways. Bravo!” —Pablo Cartaya, author of The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora

Young Terry Crews has a Big Dream Plan: He wants to become a MULTIHYPHENATE. That means he wants to be an artist. And a football player. And a musician. And maybe a NASA scientist, too! OK, maybe it’s ambitious, but his parents worked hard so he could go to a new school—Rock City Academy, a prestigious institution (read: rich kids go there) where he’s sure he can make his mark at the talent show. He plans an elaborate performance with his new friends, Rani, a passionate engineer, and Xander, a shy kid with a head like an encyclopedia.

Along the way, Terry’s plan is threatened by his grades, which slip below Mom-and-Dad-approved levels, as well as the schemes of the school’s football star, Rick, who won’t stop until Terry quits the talent show altogether. No matter what challenges he faces, though, Terry knows that he always has his crew to back him up. 

I received an advance review copy for free and am leaving this review voluntarily. Thank you Terry Crews and TBR and Beyond Tours. I'm excited to be a part of this tour.

I am a huge fan of graphic novels and jumped at the chance to read and review this book. I was also a huge fan of Terry Crews in White Chicks. What can I say? I came of age in the era of these types of movies and was hooked on how outlandish they were for the times. But I digress.

I adored this story, and it did not disappoint. I enjoyed learning about all the other things he has accomplished in his life. This book inspired me to think about the other things I could do as well and think it will inspire your middle grader as they begin to negotiate new things.

The honesty in this book is brilliant. The book covers the topic of bullying and making difficult choices with ease and grace, I feel like I have a better understanding of who Terry Crews is and not just the Hollywood reputation he had. The book teaches that we can all get through things with the love and support of our families and friends. I love that his big brother always had his back and the reminders he made the right choices for himself.

I highly recommend and hope Terry writes another graphic novel, I want to know more! 

Overall Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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About the Author:

Terry Alan Crews (born July 30, 1968) is an American actor and former American football player. He is best known for playing Julius on the UPN/CW sitcom Everybody Hates Chris, Sergeant Terry Jeffords on the NBC comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and for his appearances in Old Spice commercials, as well as films such as Friday After NextIdiocracy, and The Expendables series. He is a host of America’s Got Talent.


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