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Welfare Wifeys: A Hood Rat Novel (Hood Rat #4)

4.46  ·  Rating Details ·  1,369 Ratings  ·  42 Reviews
After the deaths and arrests of his entire crew and an informant-fueled investigation into his past, the man known on the streets as Animal relocates to Texas and finds fame and stardom as the newest act signed to the notorious Big Dawg Entertainment. His girlfriend, Gucci, is thrilled when she gets the news that he's coming back to New York on a promotional tour, but when ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published September 1st 2010)
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Well... this book is mainly about a guy named Animal and his urge to kill everyone to avenge the death of someone close to him. Then you have the "Welfare Wifeys" who are broke but sleep around with ballers. I don't quite understand this logic, because even one of their Grandma's is like, how in the hell are you giving it away but always broke. Once again, the females are always played stupid while the men have all the cash. Lame. Also, I really didn't like how K'Wan felt the need to give himsel ...more
Jun 26, 2015 dianne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
i have no idea how to rate this book. it was suggested to me as a good example of hip-hop, street-lit, urban fiction. Absolutely urban.
It is well written but so full of violence, self-hate and misogyny that it was often painful to read. Despite characters that commit heinous, totally unconscionable acts, somehow K'wan makes them human; quite the gift. When they cross lines that would normally define (for me) a limit of my (disbelief-suspended) compassion - i still want to know what happens to th
I enjoyed the read but I was 75% done with the book before I could figure out who was who and what was what. There were too many side characters and seperate stories. It would have been better if the story had just focused on Animal and Malika.
Carol Hornsby-mccoy
What can I say? Simply awesome! I don't know how you keep coming up with all these ghetto names, but amazing enough I'm managing to keep up. I fill in love with animal when he was a child and I can't seem too let him go. Even his connection with Gucci is so surreal. There would be no Hood Rat without the two of them.
Jazzmyn Kennedy
Mar 15, 2017 Jazzmyn Kennedy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another installment in this series that i loved! It can be hard to keep up with all of his characters but Kwan is great at making it seem effortless with a great storyline! Love me some Gucci and Animal and cant wait to read the next one...
Nov 11, 2015 Starsz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Urban Fiction Readers
Recommended to Starsz by: Me
Shelves: urb-st-grit

I find that I like this author's work in "audio version." As long as his work comes in audio version, that's what I will select!! **

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 begi
Sistar Tea
Jan 24, 2011 Sistar Tea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Music Don’t Stop

With the latest installment of “The Hood Rat Series” K’wan went back to his fast-paced roots. While I enjoyed the slower pace of “Section 8” the readers had mixed feelings and K’wan listened and took it up several notches in this banger. I love how with each book we keep up with past main characters and new ones take the helm. In this one Animal and Gucci step up to bat.

Newest rap sensation Animal has to come back to NY and wants to stay under the radar. Is that possible with
Oct 08, 2010 Shanae rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am tempted not to write this review because I have a strong feeling that I might not have been interested in this book for reasons most people would not mind. But anyway, here goes it: This is the first novel K’wan has written that I just did not like…it must be me because there are so many other positive reviews that rave about the story. K’wan’s Hood Rat novels have too many characters and the plot is far too intricate to handle the narratives of such simple-minded characters. I read a lot o ...more
Gucci, Jada, Tionna and Malika are all home girls from the projects. Life had given them all different hands to play in the same game. They all opened their hearts to men of the streets and now were reaping the consequences. Animal, Cutty, Don. B and every other man in the projects had their eyes on these ladies. Animal is an up and coming rapper for Don. B but can’t seem to cut his ties to the streets so he can live the life of a superstar. The police are hot on their trail but dead bodies keep ...more
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
Yes. It was entertaining.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
Hmm. Don't know that I would necessarily suggest any major changes. There are alot of characters to recall and the constant use of certain slang was annoying i.e. "you smell me" , but i can't say that I would change anything.

Which character – as performed by Cary Hite – was your favorite?
Animal was my favorite. You could fell his pain at times. However
Shakeisha Williams
K'Wan has showed his skills with this one! Very good plot and stories of the hood, but it seemed more of the stories were focused on the men instead of the "welfare wifeys". My biggest dislike was the introduction so many characters I had to remember who was who and how they were connected. The ending was great, I have to know what happens to Animal. I love his menacing character, and that sweet side of him when it came to his woman. He was definitely a beast in the streets, but knew how to love ...more
Dr. Nic
Page Turner! I still consider myself new to Kwan’s books having read only two. The first took me a while to get used to but this one didn’t. It was pretty good; the Hood Rat series is a hawt mess. I still think that there are way too many unnecessary characters. I would find that sometimes I would forget who certain people were because there were just too many to keep track of.
I’m ready for the next book in the series!
Deszion Nasir
Mar 13, 2013 Deszion Nasir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fast-paced book about the life and times of women trying to make it, some confused, some devious, with an underlying plot cleverly masked within the plot. One thing I love about K'wan is you HAVE to pay attention. There may be a lot of characters, but they're all important later. Busy, busy busy book!
I think it is safe to say I am not into the urban fiction. For me everything seemed so over the top. There were so many characters I could not keep up (well I could but it was extremely difficult). I felt there was no real plot and no surprises or twist. I found I had to force myself to finish this book. Maybe if this style of writing was my type I would have liked it more. Not my cup of tea.
Diane Rembert
Dec 29, 2013 Diane Rembert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Welfare Wifeys is the fourth installment in the Hood Rat series. Gucci and Animal return to NYC for business and, but at whose expense? Don B is still claiming to be the King of the town, but whose coming for his crown? In true K'wan fashion, there were many twists and turns, but the ending took the cake!! I'm strapping on my seatbelt for Eviction Notice,because I know it's gonna be a ride!

Oct 15, 2011 Quan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
K'wan is a talented dude. Everything that he writes is a banger! Animal is the dude. Them two detectives got on my nerve so I am glad that they are gone. I love Ms. Pat, she was funny as hell. I can't wait to read Eviction Notice because I want to see what's going to happen with Jada and Cutty and Animal and Gucci.
Marquita George
Dec 30, 2012 Marquita George rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an amazing read!! After reading this, I had to read Animal because I wanted to know what happened after this was written. I really wish Animal had made it in the music industry though, giving him and Gucci a life to look forward to. From reading this book, I could really tell growing up in the hood is a true struggle.
Dec 30, 2012 Angie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good writing style. Book had a bit too much going on though. I wasn't even sure of the point of the book until I was about 2/3 in, which made for a very long read considering I couldn't really get into it until then.
Aug 28, 2016 Rosalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

Once again K'wan has done it !!!!! I am a fan and love every book written by this author !!
Shantel Andeveryoneinit
I love this author his books never disappoints me I loved this book !!!!!!!
Danita Brown
Oct 31, 2013 Danita Brown rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
K'wan has not disappoint me when reading his books. Welfare wife's is no different. I'm sorry they got Animal but some1 saved his ass, I hope. And I hope him and Gucci hang in there. On 2 part 5.
May 16, 2011 Mz.moccaa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was good from beginning to end. K'wan is no joke when it come to the book game.
I'm waiting for Eviction to come out so, I find find out what happened to animal.
Yolanda Knight
Oct 15, 2014 Yolanda Knight rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
AWESOME.....As Jay-Z would say
On To The Next One
Marilyn Diamond
Dec 05, 2012 Marilyn Diamond rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to follow
Rashondra Bradford
Loved this book from start to finish, can''t wait to see what happens to Animail, Cutty, Jada, Gucci and Ashanti!
Not my thing.

I liked the end that's all. Too much characters where is yoshi and everybody else from the first book blAh
Leona Romich
Jun 29, 2012 Leona Romich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
Black Carrie
this book was cool , I just wish their was more of Gucci & Animal together !!! the ending made no sense but I still enjoyed it a little bit
Nov 14, 2010 Philly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can't wait to read the continuation.
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In 2002 K'wan hit the scene with his debut novel Gangsta, under Triple Crown Publications. It was the first novel released by the budding house and would eventually become the building block for what is now a multimillion dollar company. What started as a therapeutic release went on to become a part of urban-lit history and an Essence bestseller, as well as drawing rave reviews overseas.
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Other Books in the Series

Hood Rat (8 books)
  • Hood Rat (Hood Rat #1)
  • Still Hood (Hood Rat #2)
  • Section 8 (Hood Rat #3)
  • The Leak (Hood Rat #3.5)
  • Eviction Notice (Hood Rat #5)
  • The First & Fifteenth (Hood Rat #5.5)
  • No Shade (Hood Rat #6)

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