Sheneska Jackson made an impressive debut when this novel soared to the top of the Blackboard best seller list. Raised in the same Los Angeles neighborhood that is home to her vibrant characters, she expertly translates the gritty language and ambiance of the ’hood into a dazzling literary experience. When fate brings Jazmine and the X-Man together, the only thing they have in common is a dream to make it big in the music business. Jazmine, a college student, sings in the church choir and yearns for the courage to move away from her overprotective father. The X-Man, who packs a .38 and gets high with his homies, performs his own brand of gangsta rap in the street. Suddenly Black Tie Records discovers them both, and, amazingly enough, they discover each other.
These unlikely lovers are a good match, realizing their dreams together and helping each other find the best in themselves. But can their passionate love survive a world scarred with street violence and cut-throat ambition?
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Kept me listening
I really enjoyed Deon Graham's voice as Xman. Damn, he sounded sexy good. The story was good though. It felt familiar, so it really had me listening to see what was going to happen next. I couldn't wait for it to end, but in the good way.
The most memorable moment was wondering what happened to Jasmine after she took X's car.
Deon Graham really sounded like a hard street rapper. And again he sounded good. I especially like when he did his little flow at the beginning of one of those chapters.
I always love Kim Staunton. I had never heard her in a role like this but she was good too.
Peter Francis James' parts were a little slow, but this was a good listen.