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Street Love

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  1,086 ratings  ·  199 reviews
A story of star-crossed urban love by two-time National Book Award finalist Walter Dean Myers. Have you ever loved someone from the wrong side of the tracks? Damien has everything going for him. His family wants him to date Roxanne. He falls for Junice, whose life is totally messed up. But Junice tells him that he's the one who needs the reality check. Sometimes the greate ...more
Hardcover, 134 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by Amistad Press (first published October 31st 2006)
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Jamie (Books and Ladders)
Actual Rating: 3.5*

I really liked this one. it is written in verse and is a good retelling of R&J. I really felt for both characters but I wanted a bit more chemistry between them -- or at least interactions -- to really feel the love. Especially since the ending was very forward compared to the brief conversations we saw between them. There were some great parallels between the original and this book but I think I would have liked to spend more time with Damien and Junice to be able to full
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very good poem that just drew me in and captured me. This is the story of a teenage girl from the streets of Harlem whose mom goes to jail for drug dealing and her boyfriend, a young middle class guy with a promising future.

They seem star-crossed, but I had to read to the end to see what happens to them. Were they truly doomed?

I'd have too many spoilers to discuss parts I really liked. I did like it when she tells her guy she'd not some fantasy princess he dreamed up in his head; she's a real
Mar 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Street Love is the story of star-crossed lovers Junice and Damien, two African American teens growing up in Harlem. Damien comes from a two-parent household. His family has worked hard to become part of the "Who's Who" list and has a plan for Damien, who is attending Brown University next year. He has a girlfriend, Roxanne, and a best friend, Kevin, who assists him when he gets into confrontations with Sledge and Chico, two rivals from the other side of the street. Junice comes from a very dif ...more
Nov 05, 2009 rated it it was ok
"If anyone could look into my head
See or feel the dread that has captured
Me or see within this sad, unhappy brain
They would only turn away
Turn away."

—Junice, Street Love, P. 15

"On the streets of the city
They have taken my Who-I-Am
As well as my What-I-Was
And now I am desperate for them both

—Leslie Ambers, Street Love, P. 25

It's a little bit difficult for me to totally wrap my mind around this unusual book. The verse styling of Walter Dean Myers was different from what I expecte
Aaron Wilkes
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In the beginning of the book it displays the dislike between Sledge and Damien. Damien is someone who came above the street life and works hard in school. He was accepted into Brown University. On the other hand Sledge is caught up in the streets and not living his life towards the right direction. Also we meet Junice Amber and how her life is portrayed in the story. Junice is the daughter of Leslie Amber. Leslie Amber is in Bedford Hills Prison doing a 25 year sentence for drug possession. Juni ...more
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reads like spoken word poetry.
Walter Dean Myers is love.
Jani Green
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The main characters in the novel “Street Love” were two teenagers named Junice and Daimen was a static character because he stayed the same throughout the novel he remained with the same personality and he acted the same towards Junie throughout the book. Daimen was a boy who grew in the streets but did not let the streets stop him from success. Daimen got accepted to brown university and had a good head on his shoulders. Daimen mother had her mind set on one girl she wanted Daimen to dated but ...more
OK. So I read Aaron's review first, and now I feel stymied, because as I was reading I thought I should be thinking about how similar or dissimilar to Romeo and Juliet it was, whether the meter and rhyme scheme fit (in the chapters where that's the voice), and what the style was in the other chapters. Since Aaron has done that work for me, I will simply add that there is some rap conversation as well, during the conversations in which the protagonist, Damien, spars with his "street" co
Dec 29, 2009 rated it liked it
Street Love, by Walter Dean Myers is a novel about young love between two young adults in the streets. The novel itself teaches others to help others notice how love hits people. Love is so strong that it may seem people are loosing their head, which turns into fights and arguments within friends and family. In this novel we read about Damien who meet Junice at school one day. Damien had already had a 'friend' his mom wanted him to be with, but ever since Damien met Junice he noticed that Junic ...more
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first experience reading a story in verse that was not from antiquity. Once I got into the rhythm of the poetry, I really enjoyed this story. It was kind of like reading Shakespeare, once you give into it, the words just wash over you. I loved the way each "chapter" was a poem from a different person's perspective and when they all get put together they tell a story. The story was about some people with difficult lives, but being written about in such beautiful words. I was sad when ...more
Walter Dean Myers is a very good writer, and he can get right to the emotional heart of his characters. But in the end, despite being well written, it was just too urban for my tastes. That, and there was an insta-love plot, which I just can't ever get into. When two characters fall in love, I want there to be a why, and I want it to be more in depth than it was here.
Feb 24, 2008 rated it liked it
This novel in verse does it in hip hop rhyme, and pulls it off without seeming hokey or dated. Makes you kind of want to read it aloud to yourself. If you want to look like a geekwad, that is.
Sarah Evans
Mar 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I've always said I don't like novels in verse, but I ended up really enjoying this one. His ear for language is brilliant.
Denilso Chavarria
Danny Chavarria
January 12, 2017
Period 5
English 9

Street Love Book Report

This book is basically a book of poems but, the poems are about life on the streets. For example in the first poem it talks about what autumn in Harlem, New York is like. It describes what the writer is looking at and it paints a picture of what it's like in the reader's mind as he or she is reading. In the poem it says “Fume-choked leaves, already yellowed, crack in late September breeze.” As i read that i picture the yell
Emery Courtney
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
A modern twist on Romeo and Juliet, Street Love follows Damien and Junice, two teens living in Harlem. Damien is the perfect son who has his life laid out in front of him. Junice's life is nowhere near perfect, especially after her mom is arrested and sentenced to twenty-five years in prison. Damien and Junice are polar opposites, but they somehow find each other (fate? random coincidence?) and fall in love. Their young love is put to the test when Child Protective Services threatens to complica ...more
Krisi Bacher
Jan 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Street Love is short and emotional and raw. In the afterwards, Myers says that he wrote this story after having interviewed incarcerated teens, and young black teen mothers. He says that the beat of the poems, sometimes in iambic pentameter, and sometimes in a loser measure were patterned after what he heard when he walked the streets of Harlem. Myers is an extremely talented writer - the nuances of Blackness that are present in this story are complicated and I know I don't fully understand them ...more
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
p.38 Once he smells the sulfur pouring/ From my life he will run.
p.64 Sometimes words/ Danced instead of talked
p.105 Sliding past the emotional pains they/ Can't express to the physical pain they/ Can

I quick, solid story told through a poetic form. Characterization is relayed through shifting perspectives in the various chapters. Generally, a new chapter equals a new character. The number of characters continue to spiral out into the strange social webs we all have.
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Bailey Wenninger
Feb 06, 2017 rated it liked it
It was OK. Some parts of the story I did not understand. I understand some parts to it, but did not get the point
Desiree Mcglothlin
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book shows how parents can push their child to become something there not or date someone that they don't have feelings for.
Kate Ringer
Sep 06, 2018 rated it liked it
A quick little novel in verse, one of my favorite genres. Not enough meat for character building, mostly a tornado of a story
Aden Schmidt
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It was great it was cool because of all the slang and everything. I suggest you read it its great.
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: verse, young-adult
I feel bad but I really didn't understand this book. I found it hard to read.
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great read!
Sarah A
Dec 19, 2016 rated it liked it
This is the second book I've finished for the #12DaysofDiversity retellings readathon. It's a free verse retelling of Romeo & Juliet, featuring Damien and Junice, a pair of black teens in Harlem. Their families don't have a feud, but they come from very different worlds. Damien's parents have pinned all their hopes on him going to college and staying off of the Street, and he's been accepted to Brown. The last thing his mother wants is him sleeping with a random girl and ruining his life (in ...more
Street love tells the story of star-crossed lovers Junice and Damian, two african americans teens growing up in Harlem. Damian comes from a two-parent household. His family has worked hard to make sure Damian attend Browns University next year. Although Damian has a friend that his Mother is trying to force him to date name Roxanne, Damian does not see a future with her. Roxanne and his best friend, Kevin helps assist him when he gets in confrontation with Sledge and Chico, Two rivals from the o ...more
Emma-Kate Schaake
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
A free verse Romeo/Juliet story of love set in Harlem. The verse rhythm and class divide issues make the classic tale much more updated and relevant. (And luckily the characters don't meet the same end!)
Nov 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
Street Love
By Walter Dean Myers
134 pp. New York, NY
Amistad and HarperTempest are imprints of HarperCollins publishers. $15.99
ISBN-10: 0-06-028079-4

Love is very powerful. It can feel like heaven-or it can destroy you. It can also help you, solve your problems, confuse you or hurt you. In the book Street Love by Walter Dean Myers, Junice is confused about if she should let love take control of her life. She wonders should she love herself and let others love her or she just keep moving forward avo
Feb 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Have you ever read a verse novel? This week I read my first. It’s called Street Love by Walter Dean Myers. To my surprise and delight, I mostly understood the situations taking place and the emotions being expressed. While I may never become an avid reader of the poetic narrative format, I have gained a better appreciation for it.

Street Love is a modern Romeo and Juliet story set in Harlem. It’s about Damien, who is expected to attend college, marry the stable Roxanne, and make something of his
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Walter Dean Myers was born on August 12, 1937 in Martinsburg, West Virginia but moved to Harlem with his foster parents at age three. He was brought up and went to public school there. He attended Stuyvesant High School until the age of seventeen when he joined the army.

After serving four years in the army, he worked at various jobs and earned a BA from Empi
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“Wherever your heart rests
There I will live and be blessed
I've tried to line up the things I
Needed to say but now my feelings just
Tumble from me. I am half foolish,
Half drunk with wanting you
With wanting to take your hand
And leap into the darkness of whatever
Life will bring. Love makes me
Brave and without love I'm made
“My life is not packaged,
Not tidy. There are leftover strands and jagged
Edges that cut even my friends.”
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