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Cartier Cartel (Cartier Cartel #1)

4.48 of 5 stars 4.48  ·  rating details  ·  1,220 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Cartier Timmons and Monya White were born to teenage mothers who were also best friends. At 15, Cartier formed her own crew aptly named the Cartier Cartel. The main and only vision of the crew: Cartier, Monya, Bam, Lil Momma, and Shanine was to do petty crimes in order to wear the flyest gear.
Paperback, 248 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Melodrama Publishing (first published October 15th 2008)
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Monique
Hmm, this book was a mix of everything---theft, drugs, murder, jail, and of course hood romance and I liked it..It was interesting to read about the Cartel and their members and without much description (this is one of the only urban reads where there was not an outrageous amount of label dropping and fashion) and I appreciated it, this book kept it straight up real..Okay so this tells the story of basically two best friends Cartier and Monya and how they grew up, formed a crew with three other ...more
Pamela
"Cartier Cartel" by Nisa Santiago was really good. Cartier and her crew, Monya, Bam, Shanine and Lil Momma develop a crew and, in the beginning, they hustle by boosting clothes to be in fashion and to look good around the hood. But, it doesn't take long before greed takes over and drugs enter into their hustlin' scene. And, while they're getting their hustle on, one of the crew gets beat bad, and Cartier and Monya go to jail for murder. However, because she feels responsible for her crew, Cartie ...more
Alicia
Very good book. Didn't think the things that happened in this book were going to happen, but very good book. I need to get part 2!
Kim
This story read like so many simliar titles, I didn't see the point in reading very much of the book.
Nikki Blue
I LOVED THIS BOOK READ 1 AND 2, CANT WAIT FOR A 3RD...
Niaja Scott
Good book these chicks did it all...can't wait to read pt2.
Zeairah
Yooo This Book Is Popping ! iLovee it Soo Far Im On 291 !
Unique811
Wasn't what I was expecting. But it was decent.
Carmen
This was cool a little hard to get through lol
JazzyRacquel
Great Book !

Can't Wait To Read The Second ! ♥
°BeauutiLovve°
What can u say. This was good
Shanice Romany
this book was great had me wanting more
Alexis
Very refreshing read. I thought it was going to be another book about girls from the hood trying to come up and fall in love with a big time drug dealer and then they go up against "the haters". End of story. But this was nothing like that. Yes, the 4 main characters who were friends, did start off with some kind of "come up" but just as quick as the story picked up is just as fast the story line took a turn, and the friendships of the girls ended. What I love is that Cartier, as the main charac ...more
India Jones-tanner
All I can say is wow! The book tells the tale of how poor parenting can alter a promising child's future. Meet Cartier Timmons. She was born to a teen-ager mother, Trina. Trina is so wrapped up with her own happiness, she leaves her daughter to fiend for herself. So, Cartier, the brains and brawn of the group, and her girls, Monya, Lil Momma, Shanine, and Bam decide to take matters into their own hands. They start boosting clothes as a means of survival.

Once they get a taste of the good life, Ca
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Lesa Jones
Overall this book was a good read. At first I was like grrr hurry up and start some drama but, it was a great read.

Cartier, Monya, Bam, Lil Momma and Shanine all grew up together they started there Cartel crew they was stelling from clothing stores to get all the fashion clothes they want. But, then Cartier the leader of the group thought that it's best that they hung the block by selling weed but, she didn't see enough money she they all started selling drugs until Donnie a drug dealer that wa
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Ms.Toni
Do the Ladies Run This Mutha...

The Cartier Cartel, headed by Cartier Timmons, is an all girl crew out to make money. They started out boosting, but Cartier saw the bigger picture and greater potential in stepping up their game to drugs. If the boys can do it, why can't they? With drug dealing, however, came different risks. They traded in having to watch out for mall/store security to the dangers of other dealers. When a confrontation with a local dope boy, Donnie, goes terribly terribly wrong,
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Dee Cherry
Another action packed series from Nisa Santiago! Although Cartier gre up without much, she knew how to swindle & get paid. She & her friends had an elaborate scheme for getting money. After the brutal beating of one of the crew, the team divides & nothing is the same. After taking the charge for a crime she did not commit, her life changed dramatically. This book was definitely a page turner filled with surprises. To read part 2 to see what happens next.
Courtney Lawson
What took so long

I don't know what took me so long to read this book but I loved it everything these girls went through I could feel. I was happy I was sad and at some points I even wanted to cry if you haven't read this you need to take this ride with cartier cartel
OOSA
"Cartier Cartel" chronicles the lives of a group of female friends from the 'hood' who survive by stealing clothes and other merchandise from high-end stores. Cartier, the main character, is the group’s leader. The book starts with her tense relationship with her unfit mother who seems to be more interested in partying than seeing about her teenage daughter.

Nisa Santiago does a good job developing the characters as they go from their teenage years to their adult years. However, the relationship
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Gloria Smith
Cartier was bad motha shut your mouth!!

This was a 4 star book for me and only because sometimes the characters were moving so fast and unnamed so I mixed them up and had to reread the paragraph. But the those girls were about making money and moving forward.
Mashanna
This book has a lot of ups and downs, It definitely will keep you on edge to see what coming next the ending was pretty good, all it did was make you want to open the next book the same day!!!
Robert White
This book was hot!!!!!

I really enjoy the twist and turn this page TURNER. can I say drama five star all the way now let get to reading now here goes part 2 start!!!!
Sywanzia
I thought it was a pretty good book! I read it in one day
Nicole
This book was so good. I can not believe Monya and Cartier started a relationship together. I was glad to see they were able to move passed all the bad that happened in the past. It was sad what Ryan did to them girls. And now I have to get part two to see if Ryan gets what he deserves for killing them.
Mariah Mays
This series was good I loved The cartier cartel, monya, shanine, lil momma and cartier but will jason get revenge for cartier for what ryan did to shanine and monya can't wait to read part 2
LaTonya
This was a great read. This book was filled with many unexpected twists and I would definitely recommend it. I am now a fan of this author and I can't wait to read more from her.
Glam
May 18, 2009 Glam rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Yes
Recommended to Glam by: Coast 2 Coast Readers
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This was a Banger i have to give it to danielle Ooops she did it again she BAD wit her PEN may it never run outta ink. this is a must read.
Rakia
My first Nisa Santiago Novel and I have to say I'm a fan. I loved her writing and complexity of the relationships between the characters.
Shuntira Alexander
OMG THIS BOOK BLEW MY MIND MY AUNT GAVE IT TO ME AT FIRST I DIDN'T THINK I WOULD LIKE IT BUT EVERY PAGE I TURNED I GOT SUCKED DEEPER IN
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