PULL Reviews

Read the reviews for PULL:

Booklist: " This compelling story gives authentic voice to...the long-term consequences of domestic violence, and a maturing teen’s need to differentiate the expectations he has of himself from those even the adults he respects have…offers much to engage both male and female readers, readers of color, and teachers.”

Voya:  "The story is gripping, and the raw language accurately depicts how young adults speak...many young adults will enjoy reading about the many challenges David faces and his unruly wooing of Yolanda. It is the kind of book where once you've read the first page, you are hooked."

Heather (16), Kenny (17) and Logan (13) offer their candid reviews of PULL at Teens Talk About Books

Rhapsody In Books says I think this book would be a great choice to assign in high schools. It would be an entertaining and provocative selection for adult book clubs as well.

Loved by Liana says I opened the book on a whim and skimmed the first chapter. Then I couldn't put it down. I was completely sucked into David's story and I had to find out what was going to happen next.

USA Today Bestselling Author Courtney Milan calls PULL one of the most powerful Y.A. books I’ve read all year

The Happy Nappy Bookseller: says There is a lot going on in Pull but at no point does it feel like an issues book. It reads smoothly from beginning to end...The ending of Pull was unexpected, hopeful and very fitting.

Reading In Color Blog says It was beyond refreshing to have a guy male character who is not a lovable-nerd or a playa-with-a-soft-interior.

Booksquawk blog says Binns depicts the struggles a teenager goes through fighting peer pressure and hormonal urges—and building strength of character and moral courage—all without sounding like a preacher on a pulpit.

Young Adults Books Central says This is a very gritty, realistic tale of an African-American teen and hard choices. Instead of romanticizing this story, the author shows us a very real and gripping portrayal of David's life.

Book Slut says There’s a lot to admire about what Binns is doing here, from providing a darkly realistic portrayal of teen relationships (from sex to sports to social death) to tossing aside cultural norms about what success looks like.

Diversity in YA fiction says This great story is perfect for fans of realistic fiction.

Reader comments

A 10th grade boy from Illinois rated PULL a "9.5 on a scale of 10" and felt empowered by one of the characters who begins as a shy uncertain boy and ends up a school hero. His email said, "I find it amazing what one encouraging friend could do to a kid."

A teacher in New Jersey wrote that one 8th grade boy, described as a "reluctant reader," did not want to put PULL down. When he finished the book he asked for another like it to read after calling PULL BETTER THAN CABLE.

An active member of the County School Division in Spotsylvania, Virginia said, "I can tell you that I enjoyed the book thoroughly and frankly, had a hard time putting it down even as my eyes tired of reading. It gave me a glimpse into, and a feel for, a part of American society and culture that was somewhat foreign to me. My final 3 high school years were spent in a small still very rural school..."

A thirteen-year-old boy from Texas told his mother, "It's an amazing book."

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