Miracle's Boys follows three orphaned brothers as they struggle to hold their family together. Ty'ree, the eldest, had a promising future at MIT, but had to give it all up to raise his brothers. Charlie is the bad child, recently released from juvenile detention and determined to keep the hard reputation he earned upon his arrest. Our narrator is Lafayette, the youngest, and the one who feels the reverberations of his brothers' moods most. Still young, Lafayette can't understand how Charlie continues to risk their safety and happiness just to seem tough.
Jacqueline Woodson's novels are hit-or-miss for me, and this was the latter. I couldn't quite connect with the characters, and even the title fell short for me. There seemed to be nothing miraculous about Miracle's Boys.