On the come up

Author Hunter, Travis
Language English
New York: Dafina KTeen Books, 2011


Growing up in the heart of the Atlanta ghetto, siblings DeMarco and Jasmine Winslow have developed a talent for survival. By the time DeMarco was fifteen, being locked up was better than being at home. So whenever he got hungry or cold or just plain tired of living in the ghetto, he'd steal something and make sure he got caught. Jasmine, DeMarco's twin sister, hasn't had the luxury of vacationing in juvie. She's had to balance being an honor roll student with fighting off advances from her mother's boyfriend. After her mom sides with her boyfriend, Jasmine's out on the streets and running with the DIVAs, a rough group of girls.

Subjects :

  • Juvenile Detention Homes Fiction
  • Gangs Fiction
  • Inner Cities Juvenile Fiction
  • Female Gangs Juvenile Fiction
  • Brothers And Sisters Fiction
  • African Americans Fiction
  • Twins Fiction
  • Street Life Juvenile Fiction
  • African American Teenagers Juvenile Fiction
  • Atlanta (Ga.) Juvenile Fiction
  • Teenagers Juvenile Fiction
  • Brothers And Sisters Juvenile Fiction
  • Juvenile Delinquency Fiction

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Best Books :

  • African-American Interest Young Readers' Titles, 2011 , Dafina K-Teen

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Reviews :

Kirkus (Kirkus)
Part 'hood fairy tale, part slice of life, this warm but uneven chronicle sees a pair of twins from Atlanta achieve hard-won and unexpected successes. After his 32nd stay in juvenile prison, DeMarco, sporting a facial tattoo he gave himself, goes home determined to go back to school and stay out of trouble. He returns to the Bluff, the poor neighborhood where his family lives, and finds that his mother, an alcoholic, has been neglecting the house and his baby brother Devin. Meanwhile, DeMarco's twin, Jasmine, who narrates some of the chapters, has become involved with a group of dangerous girls and is being sexually threatened by her mother's boyfriend. After her new "friends" leave her at a high-class party, evidently drugged, Jasmine is rescued by a heroic gentleman who launches her into a modeling career that seems too good to be believed--but is never shown to be so. The large and diverse cast of characters, some developed better than others, adds depth to the portrayal of the Bluff, and the narrative makes many straightforward yet insightful observations about race, poverty and injustice. The book could benefit from another round of editing, however: A final section feels tacked on, and a few points of exposition are repeated unnecessarily. Despite some flaws, there is heart and wisdom to be found here. 2011, Dafina/Kensington, 256 pp., $9.95. Category: Fiction. Ages 12 up. © 2011 Kirkus Reviews/VNU eMedia, Inc. All rights reserved.
(PUBLISHER: Kensington Pub. (New York:), PUBLISHED: c2011.)

Hazel Rochman (Booklist)
Released from juvenile detention, DeMarco, 16, returns to the crackheads, gangs, and abandoned buildings of his grim, inner-city Atlanta neighborhood. His twin sister, Jasmine, has been kicked out after confronting Mama s alcoholic boyfriend, who molested her. Then Mama shoots the boyfriend, and DeMarco must find a safe place for his little brother. DeMarco and Jasmine narrate the story in alternating viewpoints, and with a huge cast, dozens of minor characters, and frequent twists and turns, the novel can become too much, especially when DeMarco and Jasmine each finds a perfect, rich guardian, and DeMarco attends an elite boarding-school for the super-wealthy. What will hold readers are the stand-offs with fists, guns, and insults (although no obscenity) between family, friends, rival gangs, and strangers. Most haunting from the beginning is DeMarco s admission that he has been raised in kiddy jail, and that it is better than home. Whenever he gets hungry, cold, or tired of his life, he shoplifts to get himself sent away. Teens and not just those in the hood will want to talk about everything here. Grades 9-12
(PUBLISHER: Kensington Pub. (New York:), PUBLISHED: c2011.)

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Publication Details:

  Publisher ISBN Notes
New York: Dafina KTeen Books, 2011

Media Type: Language Material
viii 227 p. ;
PZ7.H9197 ([Fic])
Kensington Pub. (New York:), PUBLISHED: c2011.,

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