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Section 8 (Hood Rat #3)

4.45  ·  Rating Details ·  1,590 Ratings  ·  50 Reviews
Since she was a little girl, Tionna's on and off addicted mother taught her to get hers by any means necessary. Tionna's heart is as cold as a December chill, but she holds a warm place in it for Duhan, the father of her two sons, and her on-again-off-again boyfriend since they were teenagers. Duhan becomes her knight in shining armor until the government turns their dream ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by Macmillan (first published September 1st 2009)
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Eva Leger
Apr 11, 2009 Eva Leger rated it it was amazing
Shelves: b-urban-fiction
This can stand up next to The Coldest Winter Ever and I do NOT say that often, if ever.
K'wan totally proved himself as a power-player with this one. I'm going to a K.D. Harris signing this week and I'm buying every single one of K'wan's books that I don't already have.
The thing I like best about urban-fiction is how realistic *most* of the books are. A lot like YA fiction, urban fiction stays true to what people know and live. And during
Sistar Tea
Feb 11, 2010 Sistar Tea rated it it was amazing
Same Hood Different Day

K’wan is STILL the man. I loved what he had to say and how he said it. Kwan proves with each book he is an EXCELLENT story teller and is always on top of his game. Kwan explains the hood like no other and gives a pretty good explanation of the difference between Hood and Ghetto. I do believe most confuse the two. He also shows us the difference between the street thugs and the wannabe’s.

For the K’wan fans you will be used to the hefty amount of characters. You will also
Nov 11, 2015 Starsz rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Urban Fiction
Recommended to Starsz by: Me

Hood Rat by K'wan ; Still Hood A HoodRat Novel by K'wan ; Section 8 A Hood Rat Novel by K'wan ; The Leak by K'wan ; Welfare Wifeys A Hood Rat Novel (Hood Rat Novels) by K'wan ; The First & Fifteenth A Hood Rat Short An introduction to the novel "No Shade" by K'wan ; No Shade A Hood Rat Novel by K'wan ; Eviction Notice A Hood Rat Novel by K'wan ; Ghetto Bastard by K'wan ; Animal A Hood Rat Novel by K'wan ; Animal 2 The Omen by K'wan ; Animal 3 Revelations by K'wan ; Animal 4 Last Rites by K'wan


The correct order to read the Hood Rat Novel series is: Hood Rat, Still Hood, Section 8, Welfare Wifeys, Eviction Notice & Animal. FYI readers: "The Leak" is a prequel of "Welfare Wifeys"; "The First & Fifteenth" is intro to "No Shade"; "No Shade" is a prequel to "Eviction Notice"; "Ghetto Bastard is the beginning of the Animal series. This is why the books are listed in such order.

In the 3rd installment of the Hood Rat Novel Series: Secti
Section 8 is a book that continues in the Hood Rat series. It doesn't disappoint with all the drama and the action. It also introduces Animal, I have a few ideas about him but have to continue reading to see if I'm right. Will Animal be the next Tru? Will Don B ever get what's going to happen him? In section 8 you are 3 years in the future and have conclusions to characters in Still Hood.
Apr 09, 2012 Nshslibrary rated it really liked it
If you're from the city and have been involved with drugs, alcohol, violence, or want to know about what people’s lives are like that are involved with these things, then this book is just for you. Section 8 is filled with events that teens in high school go through involving drugs, and alcohol and learning to deal with the events and hardships that come their way. I myself have had friends go through times that put their lives at risk and had to cope with hardships like the teens in this book. ...more
Diane Rembert
May 18, 2013 Diane Rembert rated it it was amazing
The third installment of the Hood Rat series, Section 8 tells how you can go from sugar to sh#@ overnight...all because of the street life. Tionna finds herself right back at the place where she vowed never to return, while her man Duhan serves time. Not only does she have to deal with the haters, but the chicken heads trying to stake claim to her man. This is also where we are introduced to the one named Animal. He is a terror on the the streets that is finally exposed to the beating of his own ...more
Lena♥(Nothing Like Your Last,Im Your Present) Lakeisha
Oct 09, 2009 Lena♥(Nothing Like Your Last,Im Your Present) Lakeisha rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Whoever is interesting in Street-Lit/Fiction!
Recommended to Lena♥(Nothing Like Your Last,Im Your Present) by: K'WAN is my friend on and I happened to see it.
This book was so Great!, this is the first book I have ever read by this author "K'WAN" and I have to honestly say it won't be the last. Quote me on it!

The author is just a genius as you can tell in his writing.
First of all, when you pick up the book you think "Tionna is the main character of the story and her man Duhan",but this author had so much more to give and I loved it! As I kept reading this most interesting novel the two characters I was in love with happened to be "Tionna bestfriend G
Vi Louise
Apr 09, 2010 Vi Louise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally, urban fiction on CD. I'm taking a break from YA to read my favorite genre. I feel like I'm sneaking a cookie from the cookie jar - LOL.
Oct 21, 2009 Khaleelah rated it it was amazing
Kwan Is SO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD. You have to read it to understand , many plots going on. Once again Kwan is the best @ CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT.
Oct 26, 2009 Rochell rated it it was amazing
K'wan always puts it down in his books and this one is no different. Loved the book. It is a must read.
Jazzmyn Kennedy
Mar 04, 2017 Jazzmyn Kennedy rated it it was amazing
Love me some Animal and Gucci!!!!
Feb 28, 2017 Teaguem2005 rated it liked it
Took me forever to get through this book. I've read a couple of them out of sequence. Not much else to say.
Faye Wilkes
Apr 04, 2015 Faye Wilkes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review of Section 8 by K'wan

I just finished reading Section 8 by K'wan! I don't know what rock I have been hiding under or why I had not read any of K'wan's novels until 2013, but I will say this, I was missing out, but now I am catching up. I am so hyped, because his writing style reminds me so much of Robert Beck, Donald Goines and James Baldwin! Old school flavor with new school twists! I'm like a giddy teenager, because I im finally able to connect the storylines of characters who showed up
Black Carrie
Oct 28, 2015 Black Carrie rated it it was amazing
Nov 16, 2012 Beautifulma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This book gets all credit for starting my love affair with Urban Fiction! Once I began listening, I was instantly intrigued. I had no idea there were books like this! I had fallen out of reading and had only truly gotten back into it due to the writer's strike on TV. One day I decided to take chance a story called Section 8 and was blown away! I love how each chapter tells its own story all the while leaving you with a tidbit of info to keep in mind as the plot thickens. This story seemed to jus ...more
Though I had every intention of staying with the full experience, I had to cut it loose. Even half-way through, there was still no connecting plot, the characters were indistinguishable apart from the obsessive detail of the shades of their skin color (or the fact that the protagonist "sucks her teeth" on almost every other page), and the descriptions were vulgar miles past the point of being offensive. Yes, I know the characteristics of street lit and I'm willing to acknowledge the appeal to re ...more
Apr 15, 2011 Misdajania rated it it was amazing
This book is about three different groups. There is Resse, Yoshi and Billy. They have had enough tragedy to last a life time. After having some close calls they are ready to fall back. Tech, Silk, China and Animal are notorious street thugs. All they know is the streets. Animal a philosophical killer has a chance to make it out but his comrades don;t have that such luck. Last there's Tioona, Gucci, Tracy and Boots. Tionna promised never to return to 40th street in Harlmen but, when her husband i ...more
I listened to the audio version of this book. I'm stifled with my commentary on this book. It was okay. It wasn't good and it wasn't bad. I stopped listening to it last week because of the language and it felt all over the place. The second half came together and was much better than the first. It was predictable. It's a story that you've heard and read over and over again. The name of the book "Section 8" only really comes into play on the last couple of pages. I don't get the title. It really ...more
Feb 17, 2011 Alexis rated it it was amazing
This book had a slow beginning but had my attention the whole way through. I literally could not set this book down. It was the first thing I seen in the morning and the last thing I seen before I went to bed. A real page turned. For a 'hood' book, it really touched my heart and even though I went through nothing that the characters did, I could relate and understand what they were saying and where they were coming from.
Brian Allard
Mar 15, 2013 Brian Allard rated it liked it
Currently reading the audiobook... the narrative isn't bad, but oh my, this is the worst narrator/editing I've heard in an audiobook in about forever. She's constantly catching at her words, coming up short, putting odd pauses in, mispronouncing words, sometimes even clearly skipping words or saying the wrong one. It's like they didn't bother editing it - just put her rough recording out.
May 13, 2011 Allison rated it liked it
Typical K'Wan novel - straight up tragic shit. Everyone ends up dead, in jail, or otherwise ruined. I wonder about the author's intentions, and also his intended audience. And his mental state, because it must be depressing to write a book knowing that all these characters he's lived with will not end up well.
Jun 04, 2011 Jewel rated it really liked it
It was good! I fell in love with the character Animal. I just hate how they did the boy Tech although he could've have a larger role over all. I can't wait until Don B. What's coming to him! He is always in the middle of something but never gets caught up. k'wan needs to let Don B. Finally pay for all the bs he's caused.n
Jan 11, 2011 Ezraela-Bat rated it it was amazing
When i first started reading this book i was straddling the fence with it, only because it prove to be far more complex than the the street-lit i usually read but it turned out to get a five star rating from me,, of course it didnt hurt to have a somewhat pleasent ending which is always what i look for, not to say i get it.
Mar 06, 2010 Philly rated it liked it
It was a good book especially having read the other hood rat books, my favorite character would have to be Animal. The main character Tionna was a little too stuck up for me but then again she was use to a certain lifestyle. The downfall for this book and the reason why I only give Section 8 3 stars is because of the ending, I feel it didnt end right.
Oct 26, 2011 Quan rated it it was amazing
K'wan delivered another banger and I can't believe I waited this long to read this. I kind of felt bad for Tionna, but she played herself. Hopefully Rock Head gets what he has coming, I knew he wasn't shit all along. Animal is a cool dude, and I can't wait to start Welfare Wifeys to how his rap career goes.
Zoe Thorn
Dec 07, 2010 Zoe Thorn rated it really liked it
Section 8 was actually a pretty good book. It takes you through the life of a young mother who is stuckj dealing with a babydaddy in jail. Which is VERY similar to most people's situations around here. Every thing that happens in this book is so real to how the streets really are. K'wan does a good job with making you feel how the character feels.
Jul 11, 2010 Shante rated it liked it
It took a few chapters before I was interested. The variety of storylines caused confusion but eventually I caught on to all of the characters and I am glad I kept reading. If not for the first couple of chapters I would have given the book 4 stars.
Dr. Nic
What's really hood!This book took me a while to get into because there were so many different characters. I couldn’t keep them all straight. But once I got into it and learned the characters, I really started feeling the story. I am ready for the next book in the series!
Jan 28, 2013 LaTonya rated it it was ok
I thought this book was just okay. This book was a little boring compared to the other books that I've read by K'wan and didn't really pick up until the end. I still love this author and will continue reading more of his books, but this one just wasn't one of my favorites.
Mar 19, 2013 Natash rated it really liked it
if its by K'wan its a winner.
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Other Books in the Series

Hood Rat (8 books)
  • Hood Rat (Hood Rat #1)
  • Still Hood (Hood Rat #2)
  • The Leak (Hood Rat #3.5)
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