Most of the time I stick to reading historical novels like my favorite this year, The Nightingale. However, I do occasionally stray from that genre as I did recently when I read Nothing More Dangerous by Allen Eskens, which I enjoyed.
About Nothing More Dangerous by Allen Eskens
Set in a small town in Missouri in the years just after the Civil Rights Movement, Boady is eager to leave his small town and move to a larger city. The problem is that he’s still two years away from graduating high school, and he’s worried about leaving his single mother alone.
Boady got into some trouble at the public high school, hanging out with the wrong crowd and smoking. So, his mom decided to move him to the local Catholic high school. Here, he encounters abject racism. When Boady tries to protect the lone black girl in school, he finds himself up against the school bullies.
In his neighborhood, there is one house that is empty. (The owner died a few years prior.) A new family moves in with a teenage son just Boady’s age. The family is black, and as Boady’s friendship deepens with the teenage son, Thomas, Boady finds his own prejudice exposed.
But unlike the school bullies and the members of the rest of the town, Boady is willing to grow and change. He’s unafraid of a friendship with Thomas.
Because Boady is so unlike the rest of his town, so open to relationships with people from different backgrounds and races, he finds himself in a deadly battle with some dangerous members of his community.
My Thoughts on Nothing More Dangerous
I enjoyed this book. There were several twists that I didn’t see. The book also made me realize how difficult life must have been in the time immediately after the Civil Rights Movement, especially for someone who refused to fit the mold that his racist hometown insisted he should fit.
Once I got into this book, I had trouble putting it down.
I give Nothing More Dangerous by Allen Eskens 4.5 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.