A story of star-crossed urban love by two–time National Book Award finalist Walter Dean Myers.
Have you ever loved someone from the wrong side of the tracks? Damien has everything going for him. His family wants him to date Roxanne. He falls for Junice, whose life is totally messed up. But Junice tells him that he's the one who needs the reality check.
Sometimes the greatest obstacle to finding true love is ourselves.
Harlem meets Shakespeare in this fresh, original free-verse novel by Michael L. Printz.
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Walter Dean Myers is the critically acclaimed author of Monster, winner of the Michael L. Printz Award; Bad Boy: A Memoir; Patrol: An American Soldier in Vietnam, winner of the Jane Addams Children's Book Award; game; The Harlem Hellfighters: When Pride Met Courage; and Ida B. Wells: Let the Truth Be Told, which received a starred review in School Library Journal. His most recent novels are Dope Sick and Lockdown. He is a recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award and the author of five Coretta Scott King Award winners.From Booklist:
*Starred Review* In short lines of free verse, teens in Harlem tell a story of anger, loss, and love across social-class lines. Damien, 17, is a basketball champion and academic star, accepted into a top college. His parents want him to date middle-class Roxanne, but he falls in love with gorgeous Junice, 16, who is desperate to protect her little sister after their single-parent mom is sentenced to 25 years for dealing drugs. Written with rap beat and rhyme but no invective or obscenity, the switching viewpoints make this great for readers' theater--from Damien's furious "manhood jam" when he confronts his rival, and Junice's anguished visit to her raging mama in prison ("a wolf caught in a trap") to the lyrical simplicity of the teens' love ("Flying through an endlessly / Expanding universe / Away from the me that was / Toward a me that is beyond / understanding"). The young people also invoke their history in the tradition of Langston Hughes and other great writers ("these hands have scrubbed mats on the banks of / the Congo"). The realistic drama on the street and at home tells a gripping story. Readers will want to reread the lines they loved. Hazel Rochman
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