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Publisher's Summary

Dwayne S. Joseph’s talents shine in this compelling coming-of-age novel about 17-year-old Brian Moore, who seems to be a “bad kid” thanks to his friends, but who’s also struggling to escape the streets.

Despite the straight As Brian gets in school, there’s still plenty of trouble swirling around him all the time, threatening to drag him down into it. Brian has no father and his mother, Deahnna, works two jobs and is never around. His teacher, Jawan White, came from the same streets as Brian, and he knows there’s more in Brian’s future than being a thug, but his constant lecturing isn’t helping matters any. But when Jawan falls for Deahnna, and Brian’s girlfriend learns she’s pregnant, that’s when the real drama begins.

©2011 Dwayne S. Joseph (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing, Urban Audiobooks, LLC

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  • Tomika Wiley
  • 16-09-2021

Great story

I really liked the lessons and the happy ending. The characters were great and realistic

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-08-2021

Good Story

Coming of age stories are usually not my thing but I like Dwayne S Joseph so I gave it a try. I did enjoy the story but struggled a little to get through it because of the narrator. So many times I wanted to shake some sense into Brian. His loyalty to his friends was almost his undoing. The circumstances surrounding Will and Tyrell's lives was disheartening and so hopeles, so I wasn't surprised by the outcome. I was a but disappointed by Dehanna's part time job as a stripper. I just feel that too many urban authors use this in their stories which often times cheapens, degrades and devalues the female characters. Being a stripper just always seems to be the easy default rather than getting creative. Overall though I did enjoy this story. I'm glad Dehanna and Jawann got their Happily Ever After and Brian got a second chance

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  • malin
  • 26-06-2021

Good surprise

Not the kind of book I would normally listen to, but I enjoyed it very much
Also, not the kind of narrator I would normally enjoy, at first I almost quit the book because of the narration
But after a while, I realised it was the perfect narration of this specific book

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