Here are some suggestions of novels in verse that I think will appeal to a teenage boy.
Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes.
While studying the Harlem Renaissance, students at a Bronx high school read aloud poem they've written, revealing their innermost thoughts and fears to their classmates.
Comfort by Carolee Dean.
Kenny fantasizes about escape from his small hometown of Comfort, Texas, following his father's release from prison.