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Cartier Cartel (Cartier Cartel #1)

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Cartier Timmons and Monya White were born to teenage mothers who were also best friends. At 15, Cartier formed her own crew aptly named the Cartier Cartel. The main and only vision of the crew; Cartier, Monya, Bam, Lil Momma, and Shanine was to do petty crimes in order to wear the flyest gear. While Monya loves boys, clothes, and money (in that order), Cartier is tired of ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published April 18th 2009 by Melodrama Publishing (first published October 15th 2008)
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Apr 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
"Cartier Cartel" by Nisa Santiago was really good. Cartier and her crew, Monya, Bam, Shanine and Lil Momma develop a crew and, in the beginning, they hustle by boosting clothes to be in fashion and to look good around the hood. But, it doesn't take long before greed takes over and drugs enter into their hustlin' scene. And, while they're getting their hustle on, one of the crew gets beat bad, and Cartier and Monya go to jail for murder. However, because she feels responsible for her crew, Cartie ...more
Hmm, this book was a mix of everything---theft, drugs, murder, jail, and of course hood romance and I liked it..It was interesting to read about the Cartel and their members and without much description (this is one of the only urban reads where there was not an outrageous amount of label dropping and fashion) and I appreciated it, this book kept it straight up real..Okay so this tells the story of basically two best friends Cartier and Monya and how they grew up, formed a crew with three other ...more
Jun 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
This story read like so many simliar titles, I didn't see the point in reading very much of the book.
Aug 29, 2013 rated it liked it
This was cool a little hard to get through lol
Aug 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Very good book. Didn't think the things that happened in this book were going to happen, but very good book. I need to get part 2!
Shanta Shaw
Jun 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Good read
Mar 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, wishlist
Great Book !

Can't Wait To Read The Second ! ♥
Shanice Romany
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
this book was great had me wanting more
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
I read Cartier Cartel and thought it was good. The plot was good and it kept me reading. I would recommend this book.
Apr 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Yooo This Book Is Popping ! iLovee it Soo Far Im On 291 !
Nikki Blue
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Niaja Scott
Nov 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Good book these chicks did it all...can't wait to read pt2.
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
What can u say. This was good
Jan 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Wasn't what I was expecting. But it was decent.
Stephanie Wiley
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Wow ... A lot took place in this book and I loved every single word ... I cannot wait to read the sequel!!!
India Jones-Tanner
Aug 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-books
All I can say is wow! The book tells the tale of how poor parenting can alter a promising child's future. Meet Cartier Timmons. She was born to a teen-ager mother, Trina. Trina is so wrapped up with her own happiness, she leaves her daughter to fiend for herself. So, Cartier, the brains and brawn of the group, and her girls, Monya, Lil Momma, Shanine, and Bam decide to take matters into their own hands. They start boosting clothes as a means of survival.

Once they get a taste of the good life, Ca
Lesa Divine
Feb 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-it, i-own
Overall this book was a good read. At first I was like grrr hurry up and start some drama but, it was a great read.

Cartier, Monya, Bam, Lil Momma and Shanine all grew up together they started there Cartel crew they was stelling from clothing stores to get all the fashion clothes they want. But, then Cartier the leader of the group thought that it's best that they hung the block by selling weed but, she didn't see enough money she they all started selling drugs until Donnie a drug dealer that wa
Dec 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very refreshing read. I thought it was going to be another book about girls from the hood trying to come up and fall in love with a big time drug dealer and then they go up against "the haters". End of story. But this was nothing like that. Yes, the 4 main characters who were friends, did start off with some kind of "come up" but just as quick as the story picked up is just as fast the story line took a turn, and the friendships of the girls ended. What I love is that Cartier, as the main charac ...more
May 17, 2009 rated it liked it
Do the Ladies Run This Mutha...

The Cartier Cartel, headed by Cartier Timmons, is an all girl crew out to make money. They started out boosting, but Cartier saw the bigger picture and greater potential in stepping up their game to drugs. If the boys can do it, why can't they? With drug dealing, however, came different risks. They traded in having to watch out for mall/store security to the dangers of other dealers. When a confrontation with a local dope boy, Donnie, goes terribly terribly wrong,
Jun 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
"Cartier Cartel" chronicles the lives of a group of female friends from the 'hood' who survive by stealing clothes and other merchandise from high-end stores. Cartier, the main character, is the group’s leader. The book starts with her tense relationship with her unfit mother who seems to be more interested in partying than seeing about her teenage daughter.

Nisa Santiago does a good job developing the characters as they go from their teenage years to their adult years. However, the relationship
May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was my first Urban Fiction book. It seemed that Nisa Santiago was the author to go to and I have to say this was strangely addictive and made me put in a request for the next one in the series as soon as I finished the book. They stories are graphic, characters are making some very bad life choices but they are seen as bad choices which, at least for me, put something positive in the story..."don't live your life this way" would be the response to come away with.
Dee Cherry
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fiction
Another action packed series from Nisa Santiago! Although Cartier gre up without much, she knew how to swindle & get paid. She & her friends had an elaborate scheme for getting money. After the brutal beating of one of the crew, the team divides & nothing is the same. After taking the charge for a crime she did not commit, her life changed dramatically. This book was definitely a page turner filled with surprises. To read part 2 to see what happens next.
Dec 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was so good. I can not believe Monya and Cartier started a relationship together. I was glad to see they were able to move passed all the bad that happened in the past. It was sad what Ryan did to them girls. And now I have to get part two to see if Ryan gets what he deserves for killing them.
Courtney Lawson
What took so long

I don't know what took me so long to read this book but I loved it everything these girls went through I could feel. I was happy I was sad and at some points I even wanted to cry if you haven't read this you need to take this ride with cartier cartel
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. My emotions were all over the place. Cartier was a good friend to do a bid for her best friend and I cant believe Monya betrayed her the way she did. But in the end I loved Monya. Santiago did a great job with this one cant wait to read the second and third one.
Gloria Smith
Cartier was bad motha shut your mouth!!

This was a 4 star book for me and only because sometimes the characters were moving so fast and unnamed so I mixed them up and had to reread the paragraph. But the those girls were about making money and moving forward.
Mar 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Cartier series is good but not AS good as the Baddest Chick (twin) series! Nisa is one of the best writers and this one will still get you excited and very involved.
this is great. i love this book i have to read the next one.
Robert White
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was hot!!!!!

I really enjoy the twist and turn this page TURNER. can I say drama five star all the way now let get to reading now here goes part 2 start!!!!
May 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I liked all the characters, even the grimy ones. Part 2 here I come.
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Nisa Santiago came bursting onto the literary scene in 2009 with her debut title, Cartier Cartel. The book garnered rave reviews and left her readers wanting more. She followed up with the sequel, Return of the Cartier Cartel – which turned into a national bestseller. The Library Journal declared that Santiago’s sequel, [Return of the Cartier Cartel] “Will keep readers hooked to the last chapter.” ...more
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