You’ll want to read NPR’s interview, Literature ambassador Jason Reynolds knows young people have a story of their own.
Here’s another quote:
We can catch up when the reading allows. We can catch up on some of the deficiencies that have taken place or that may have been settling in now. But what we can’t do is catch up on a young person who decides that they’ve just had enough, that they feel so insignificant that they’re ready to hang it up.