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Your Corner Dark

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American Street meets Long Way Down in this searing and gritty debut novel that takes an unflinching look at the harsh realities of gang life in Jamaica and how far a teen is willing to go for family.

Things can change in a second:

The second Frankie Green gets that scholarship letter, he has his ticket out of Jamaica.

The second his longtime crush, Leah, asks him on a date,
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Expected publication: January 19th 2021 by Atheneum/Dlouhy
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Lauren
Jul 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
This is a book on a topic I knew next to nothing about. While I was definitely into Frankie’s story of joining a posse or gang in Jamaica as a way to save his father, giving up a full scholarship to the US, I wasn’t a huge fan of the writing style. It felt a little jumpy in places as far as plot and a bit of excessive detailing.

But the base of the book and it’s main character stand out. This is a book that delves into the Jamaican posse culture and highlights it not just as a means of survival
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Chris G.
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Though she has been dead for three years, Frankie is just about to make his mom’s dreams come true. He is nearly done with the exclusive high school that’s a long daily bike ride from his mountain home. With a scholarship to the University of Arizona, Frankie has a way out of the poverty and gang warfare that make up his life in Jamaica.

Frankie has kept his head down and has gotten his work done, and he’d like to celebrate the arrival of his scholarship letter beyond the sullen and taciturn resp
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Gina Malanga
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Franklyn is about to do something no one he knows has ever done, get out of Jamaica, go to university in American and make his dreams come true. Frank un wants to come back and help Jamaica be better because he loves his island but he knows staying there will mean an early grave. With his full ride scholarship his dreams are within reach until his whole world turns upset down. He has to learn to make difficult decisions to save yourself and the ones you love. A love letter to the island he wants ...more
Tara
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Frankie Green has big plans--to go to America (hopefully on scholarship) to study engineering. He's done with the simple country life his father leads in Jamaica, and he has no interest in the gang life his uncle and aunt lead. When political tensions rise and Frankie is forced to make some tough decisions, his life will be forever changed.

Your Corner Dark is a well written, fast paced novel that looks at many issues plaguing Jamaica--racism, classism, political dissent. This book will appeal to
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Desmond Hall was born in Jamaica, West Indies, and moved to Jamaica, Queens. He has worked as a high school biology and English teacher in East New York, Brooklyn; counseled teenage ex-cons after their release from Rikers Island; and served as Spike Lee’s creative director at Spike DDB. Desmond has served on the board of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and the Advertising Council and judged the ...more

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