Flint 1: Choosing Sides by Treasure Hernandez

flint1$5.99, 304 pages, Urban Fiction

Halleigh and Malek are teens amidst a world of gangs, drugs and crime in Flint, Michigan. 

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Welcome to the streets of Flint, Michigan.  The beginning of this 7-part series is told through the eyes of young Halleigh and Malek.  Boyfriend and girlfriend with big plans for their future…including the NBA for Malek.  After Malek gets in trouble with the law when defending Halleigh after she is raped, the plans change.  Suddenly Halleigh must find a way to earn money to free Malek.  She naively turns to others for help and winds up working as a prostitute for a cunning pimp.  Malek is released from jail and is injured by gunfire during a street ball tournament.  His NBA career is over as scouts are no longer interested in the injured young man.  Their lives spin out of control and the stories continues in books 2-7.

This book was very easy to read and fast-paced.  The author uses street jargon and presents a gritty view of a life enveloped in drugs, sex, gangs and crime.  I do not feel compelled to read the other books in the series.  However, I am thankful I read this book as I am better able to relate to my inmate patrons who are looking for an urban or street fiction selection.

Appeal Factors: Action-Packed, Jargon-filled, Steamy, Gritty

According to Novelist, read-alikes for this author include: K’wan, Sister Souljah,  Deja King and Donald Goines (accessed May 4, 2013).

Working in a jail library, urban/street fiction is perhaps our most popular genre.  Having read only 2 previous selections in this genre, I wanted to know more about the Flint series.

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