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A Hustler's Promise by Jackie Chanel
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Apr 18, 2012

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Jaicyn Jones’ story is not uncommon from a lot of others living in the hood thanks to the crack epidemic. As the oldest, Jaicyn is responsible for the care of her younger sisters, Rickie and Bobbie. At times her mother is off chasing crack and Jaicyn is trying to figure out a way to provide food, clothes and rent. At fifteen she should be chasing boys and hanging out with friends. Instead, Jaicyn is the adult in her home.

Rayshawn Moore also has an interesting family dynamic. He and his twin live with their father’s family. Rayshawn is hungry for a better life for him and his brother. He goes to King, the neighborhood drug dealer, seeking employment. While King is adamant about Rayshawn remaining in school, he does offer him odd jobs enough to keep his pockets laced.

Jaicyn and Rayshawn soon find themselves intertwined. It seems as it’s so easy to talk to the other about their lives and hopes for the future. Both are consumed with desperately trying to fix their current situation. When Rayshawn is given the opportunity to step into the big leagues, he, Jaicyn and the kids are living happily ever after. That’s until DFCS steps in and drugs are found. Does this couple have what it takes to withstand the odds?

A HUSTLER’S PROMISE: SOME PROMISES WON’T BE BROKEN by Jackie Chanel is pretty much the same formula of most urban street novels these days. What I thoroughly enjoyed was the sisterly bond as well as the relationship between the main characters. You couldn’t help rooting for them against the odds. What didn’t work was this book's lack of copy and developmental editing. There is no way anyone reading this didn’t find the missing words or wrong word usage disturbing. If that weren’t bad enough, the characters contradict themselves repeatedly. In one instance, the author is trying to get you to see this girl as hardcore; in the very next she’s supposed to be naive. Also, the timeline is nonexistent and events are being referred to as if they are still affecting a certain situation. The street aspect of this story is filled with too many unlikely variables. With that being said, this story still does offer an air of uniqueness which is needed these days. It is my belief that with the right assistance, Chanel could have a promising future.

Also, and this is very important, it’s 2012, I, a Real Reader, understand what Sister Souljah did for urban books with THE COLDEST WINTER EVER. But anyone still comparing their book to that story should probably update their library.
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30.0% "Not a bad read so far. My main issue is that there are some missing words and issues with punctuation. ALSO... I get the whole teenage LOVE thing, but the hustle thing needs to be slowed to make it completely fit. I can say for fact, this is NOT a 5-star read, but it's not bad."
61.0% "Wondering how none of these 5 star reviews mention editing."
94.0% "Nobody puts Baby in a corner."
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Orsayor Nice Review Crystal..

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