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Author: Kalisha Buckhanon Narrator: Chadwick Boseman, Heather Simms Publisher: Macmillan Audio Audio Length: Release Date: January 2005 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781593976514

Publisher Description

This program is read by Black Panther star, Chadwick Boseman "Baby, the first thing I need to know from you is do you believe I killed my father?" So begins Upstate, a powerful story told through letters between seventeen-year-old Antonio and his sixteen-year-old girlfriend, Natasha, set in the 1990's in New York. Antonio and Natasha's world is turned upside down, and their young love is put to the test, when Antonio finds himself in jail, accused of a shocking crime. Antonio fights to stay alive on the inside, while on the outside, Natasha faces choices that will change her life. Over the course of a decade, they share a desperate correspondence. Often, they have only each other to turn to as life takes them down separate paths and leaves them wondering if they will ever find their way back together. Startling, real, and filled with raw emotion, Upstate is an unforgettable coming-of-age story with a message of undeniable hope. Brilliant and profoundly felt, it is destined to speak to a new generation of listeners.

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Quotes

  • “Wild and beautiful...The story is told using the epistolary form with a brilliant skill not seen since The Color Purple.

    - Sapphire, national bestselling author of Push
  • Heartbreaking and true...I'd read it again just for the power of the language.

    - Dorothy Allison, National Book Award finalist and national bestelling author of Bastard Out of Carolina and Cavedweller

Awards

  • Winner of a 2006 YALSA Alex Award
  • Winner of the 2006 Audie Award
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2006 ALA Best Book for Young Adults
  • Winner of ALA Alex Awards Winner (Adult for Young Adults), 2006
  • Winner of Audie Award Winner, 2006

Customer Reviews

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  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Pretty quick read. About a teenage boy in prison for killing his father, and his struggle to keep his secrets and his girlfriend. As the 2 of them grow up and grow apart, they continue to write letters back and forth. "

    - Lisa, 3/26/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " upstate is based on reality, and i liked the story. mostly because i think i can relate to both of them. it's hard letting go of someone you love. "

    - Rei, 2/17/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " this was my favorite book <3 "

    - Klovell6, 2/1/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Well I can't tell you what's the book about because I verly started reading this book today. I will tell you guys later. "

    - Joceline, 1/21/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This was a very good book. "

    - Lana, 1/12/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This is a great young adult book and I think so many students at Rich East would love it. I couldn't put it down and the twist at the end....fantastic! "

    - Ms., 1/3/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This is a good teen read. I liked the letter format, back and forth from prison. "

    - Laura, 12/20/2010
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " i think this was one of the best book i ever read since it was about a boy and a girl who use to write letters to each other while he was in jail "

    - Stephanie, 12/17/2010
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " this book is good so far its basically about a boy who killed his father because he use to mistreat his wife and Antonio killed his father and ended up in jail and his girlfriend is home worried about him/ "

    - Shanequa, 12/10/2010
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I wish there was a part to , this book was really good! "

    - Tina, 12/4/2010

About the Author

Kalisha Buckhanon has received awards and fellowships from the NAACP, Illinois Arts Council, Andrew Mellon Fund, and many others. Her work has appeared in such publications as Michigan Quarterly Review and Warpland. She holds an MFA in creative writing from New School University.

About the Narrator

Chadwick Boseman is an American actor, playwright, and screenwriter who has appeared on the television series Law & Order, Third Watch, and All My Children and in the film 42. He is a graduate of Howard University and the British American Dramatic Academy at Oxford.