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Couldn't stop listening to it once I started and now can't get it out of my mind. Lots of violence, sex and drugs - and teenagers dying.
I guess this is what it's like in Chicago if you're a kid who doesn't really belong anywhere and there's a park in walking distance. Wow, there's a whole life waiting for you at the park if you're young and can be fearless in the right situations.
I'm glad the author gave an account of his life over a period of years so I could see that once one is essentially used up by the gang, they don't need you anymore. Replacements are on the way; you're fully expendable.
It's real life but at a much, much faster pace. Maybe that's why it won't leave my mind yet, because I'm still trying to integrate what I learned with what I already thought I knew. And I'm doing what probably any listener would do, which is to try to conjure up a way for society or government or somebody to provide some better options than what the gangs provide.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Very good book, read a while ago but listening to it is like a movie in your head. They need to narrate the the sequel, Once a King Always a King
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