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True to the Game

(True to the Game #1)

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  7,908 ratings  ·  346 reviews
True to the Game is considered a 'street classic' and for over twenty years has been in the hearts of its readers with a story like no other. Gena the main character finds herself in true blue love with Quadir, a millionaire associated with the cartel. Quadir is faced with combating the art of extortion and interception masterminded by the notorious Junior Mafia, which rei ...more
Paperback, 244 pages
Published December 1st 1999 by Teri Woods Publishing (first published July 30th 1998)
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Diane Wallace
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous series! incredible writing,this book was engaging and had a nicely developed cast of characters..recommend (paperback!)
Jul 02, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, urban
I liked the book because I think that it showed the consequences of being a drug dealer. It showed that being "true to the game" would leave you dead, or paralyzed.

But I had a problem with all of the grammatical errors that showed up in the book. Also some of the things that the characters would say was a little repetitive.

I also wanted Gena to learn more by the end of the book. I wanted her to learn that she needs to get away from the game. Because it may bring wealth and material things, but
Dec 05, 2010 rated it it was ok
Two stars and that is being generous. How did this book make it to the top when they are so many well-written writers who go unnoticed? I have no earthly ideal. If Teri Wood can make it as a so called writer, and be well received with accolades, any one can. Gena is one of the most underdeveloped characters I have read; and what was so special about Quadir? That he sells drugs to his own people and is rich because of that. The plot in the beginning was all over the place. I like street fiction w ...more
Oct 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
May 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this as part of my library's Urban Fiction genre study.

Years ago, when I took a library school class on adult popular fiction, I had to read two westerns. One of them was Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey. It wasn't the best book I've ever read, but it was very entertaining, and it contained all the elements I expected to find in the genre: cattle stampedes! Tumbleweeds! A damsel in distress! A villain who, literally, wore a black hat!

I feel the same way about True to the Game. It's
Ksherrie Theauthoress
It felt just like the very first time

I red this book what now seems like a lifetime ago and it always been in my top 5 list of classics.

With the movie scheduled to come out in a few days, my bookclub decided to read so we can compare and from page one I was sucked completely in all over again.

There were a few things I felt different about this time around such as Gena and Qua's love. Back in the day I thought they were everything together, now with age and wisdom under my belt I found myself f
Oct 16, 2009 rated it it was ok
I read this book, finally, because I always heard good reviews about it. I honestly do not see why. The main character had no development throughout the book. She seemed to only care about money and how to maintain her lifestyle. The writing was going back and forth from different points of view often jumping around making it read like a school aged story. Maybe If I was eighteen I could appreciate this novel a little more. (It was such a simple read that I was able to finish it in less than 24 ...more
Ty Smith
Sep 10, 2015 rated it did not like it plot and I couldn't really connect to any of the characters. They were too ignorant for me. But I was never into the drug game. I don't mind chasing women but these guys were dogging these women and the women were seriously just after money. Boring. Worse was how shallow everyone was. There's more to life than money. You can't take money with you after you're dead. You can't take jewelry with you when you're gone. You can't take any of that material nonsense with you.
Mar 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
When I was about twelve years old I was in the Philadelphia Library in search of a book for school. Scanning the shelves I came across an aisle dedicated to African American Fiction Novels. The first book I laid eyes on was “True To The Game” by Teri Woods. The book cover was a plain black paperback with a set of dice on the bottom and the words TRUE TO THE GAME in big bold white letters. The book cover was very simple not eye grabbing but the title made me want to see what it was about.
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Dec 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Excellent, this gangsta book made me feel like I was right there in the story while I was reading it.
Jun 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This read had me in tears...excellent read...classic
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audibles
GoodRead.....I did not enjoy this one as good as I did the first time back in 99’ but it still was a pretty decent read.
Jan 14, 2011 rated it liked it
"Even the rich are hungry for love, for being cared for, for being wanted, for having someone to call their own." In this book one of the main characters Gena represents this quote very well. She wanted someone to call hers, whohe could trust. She was hungry for love and wanted to be cared for but she didnt want to work hard for it she wanted someone else to. This book is about a girl name Gena who is eighteen years old who goes out to different clubs in different citites and states to look for ...more
Leanna armstrong
Jan 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
The story I am reading is True To The Game3. The author is Teri Woods.This book is a fiction book because it is base on a true story and its only dedicated to the person its about.The main idea if ture to the game is being ture and real to what you do as in giving it your all. But in this its like you have to stay ture to the streets and your friend because that's what its mainly about.
One very important line they use in this book that make it so real is that when your in the game and into the
Dec 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This my second time reading this series of True to the game. I actually read the original book she first wrote this time. It was very close to the newer version of the boook. What I can say that there part that were new to me like I don't remember her being beating up by her boyfriend Jamal, the trial with Forty, the way she was dressed for her party was different, Black and his girl pam. But the fable version was pretty good. So that everyone is clear there is two version to this book.
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I listened to the trilogy, and overall, I enjoyed all 3 books. Sometimes they were too graphic for me, but they held my attention. The narrator was not very good and I feel his inconsistent, sometimes choppy narration detracted from my enjoyment of the audiobooks. The plot is somewhat predictable, but it's good enough for you to want to keep reading/listening. I'd give it a 3.8.
Aug 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
Wooo, lordt this was terrible. I checked it out after seeing a trailer for the movie somewhere. The movie looked terrible so I thought maybe this was one of those cases where the book would be better. WRONG. Smh
Shatana Davis
Mar 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-book
This book have you like WOOOW!!!!!!Anybody that have not read this book needs to ASAP!!!!
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series
This was a good read. Not in my top ten, but it was good...even better after the halfway point. Definitely better than most urban fiction books out now. The end shook me a little, because that wasn't how I pictured it all going down. I will probably read the rest of the series, but I feel like the real star was Quadir, so...
Gena was pretty one dimensional while Quadir seemed to have different levels to his character, obviously because of his business and his lifestyle. I would have liked to see
Valeria Smith
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
It took me awhile to get in to this book but once I did it was really good.
Joycelyn Whited
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome Book

I read this book when first published and read it again to prepare for the upcoming movie. I can't wait to see the movie.
Patrice smith
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good. Book

Very good book i would recommend getting this book. I'm getting the 2&3book love it . C in inn i
Alexis Fowler
Mar 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Is having thrill and excitement in your life always good? Well in this book "True to the Game" a girl named Gena who came from the projects meets up with a "top dog" drug dealer and her life begins to go differently. Its all fun and games at first with all the shopping a money and lots of power , but then everything turns around when Quadir wants to get out of the drug dealing bussiness so him and gena can get married and live their life without worrying for their lives. The adventure that they ...more
I don’t know why I wanted to reread this, but it made me thankful of the life I chose to live. One of my best friends growing up sold drugs and she always had the flyest gear and material things. I could have easily slipped into that lifestyle, but I didn’t. That wasn’t me. For as long as I can remember I wanted to get out of our neighborhood and “live where the white people live”. I don’t know why I attributed that to being successful...maybe because very few ethnicities lived in fly single hom ...more
Feb 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The book im reviewing today is True To The Game by Teri Woods. It's a fiction story. Woods main theme in True To The Game is that people really change for the people they love and not everyone is so trustworthy as you thought. Money isnt everything in the world.

True To The Game is based in Philly, a girl named Gena from the projects met Quadir, in Harlem. The main character Gena finds herself in love with Quadir, a millionaire from being in the drug game faced with many problems but through it a
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Superficial tale of money, "love(as long as the money lasted)" and hood fame
I listened to the book on audible. I was a bit disappointed. I do like a good "street lit" book. They are gritty, raw and take you on a ride you won't forget. This one fell short for me.

The characters were extremely superficial. This made it hard to believe the deep and soul shattering love between the 2 primaries. While we were told that Gina and Quadar had this amazing , deep connection and love for one another, it wa
Diane Rembert
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A college student named Gena finds herself in an abusive relationship, but one fateful night puts an end to all when she meets a well-known street guy named Quadir. Along with the love and support from her family and best friend Sahirah, she presses forward to what can only be described as a whirlwind romance. But, along with romance comes envy and jealousy.

Quadir is not only known for his major role in the streets, but his love of women as well. That all changes when he begins to fall in love
Ayanna Dickerson
May 19, 2014 rated it liked it
I read this book in my early teen years, at that point in my life, this whole Urban glorified drug game ghetto fiction was captivating to me. I thought that the characters relatable, because there were so many girls that I knew, and my Philadelphia area, who were just like Gina. But now, I see that, this type of fiction, is inappropriate, there's so much of it going on in real life, that there is no need to write about such types of lifestyles, in books. I will say though, that when people say t ...more
Renee West
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
I got to the half point and the dialogue just started to sound really stupid like she ran out of steam in the story. Also, I realized that words like "jewelry,BMW,beamer,sneakers, benz, jaguar" are some of the main things these characters talk and care about. The characters are some of the most shallow and stupid and worthless people imaginable and there is really nothing to like about them. I don't mind reading raw stores and I don't mind reading about people I don't like but then make them int ...more
Jessica Womble
Mar 24, 2013 rated it liked it
The book was decent. I have definitely read better. Gena had no common sense and there were too many characters. Living in the fast life has no future and will not last forever, so you would think Gena would have stashed money for a rainy day considering there was so much of it but she just kept blowing it. There were a lot of parts in the book that was just unreal and borderline stupid. The idea of the story was good but wasn't well written. I plan on reading part 2 and 3 just to see what happe ...more
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