Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Street Dreams by K'wan
rating 4 stars
Description: The son of a singer-turned-alcoholic and the daughter of an abusive father vow to do whatever it takes to make it out of the ghetto. But soon they find their backs against the wall when the streets come to claim their due.
Description: Love, Betrayal and Loyalty on the Streets of Harlem
Daruis, a.k.a. Rio, the only child of a singer turned alcoholic, feels he has nothing to hold on to except the idea of escaping the ghetto. Years ago, he took a gun charge for a friend and did some prison time. Unable to find a job when he gets out, Rio turns to hustling as a way out. In the meantime, Rio finds escape in the arms of his soulmate, Trinity.
When Trinity's mother died, her abusive father looks to her to play the role of house wife and bedmate. Trinity finds strength to endure in Rio's arms. Together they vow to do whatever it takes to make it out of the ghetto. But soon they find their backs against the wall when the streets come to claim their due
Street Dreams is a fast pace book that takes you in to the emotion by the streets. You don't see the characters do their dirt but you find out why and has made them act the way that they do. You find yourself wanting the characters to obtain their dreams. You also feel yourself let down by the stones thrown in path threatening to cut off the direction to those dreams. For those street lit fans this should be in your library.
typos *page 36 line 10; page 86 line 4; page 93 line 19; page 180 line 29; page 248 line 5
Good quote ** Triinity page 142 line 6 "Behind every good man is a cunning woman"
Spoiler!!!The story center around Daruis "Rio" Santana a young kind who after doing a 13 month bid is trying to get a regular 9 to 5 but with a felony gun charge on his record he's having no luck. In the meantime, he's working part-time for the lock kingpin Prince.
Trinity is Rio girlfriend, or should I say, soulmate. She is only nineteen but has been taken care of her family ever since her mother died. And since her mother died her father has been raping her, a dark secret she keeps from everyong including Rio. After trying to committ suicide Trinity little brother reveals her secret to Rio.
In a drunken rage Rio see Baker, Trinity's father, with a young girl. He follows them and while the youngster is serving Baker, Rio pulls out his gun. A fight ensue and the gun goes off shooting Baker. Rio tries the calm the girl down but in his panick of not trying to get found out kills her as well. The first person he thinks to call to help him out of this mess is Prince. Prince is all to willing to help but the price would be Rio's full-time empolyment. Knowing that he could not say no, Rio became a Carpo that night.
Truck is one of Prince's sons. He feels that he is entitled to the throne. He resent the fact that his father is grooming Rio to be his replacement. So he takes matters into his own hands and hires hitmen to take Prince out which is just what happens right along with Prince other son. Rio is wound in the incident. No one can finger Truck just yet but they all suspect him. Soon sides are being taken and all hell breaks out.
In the end, Rio, Trinity, Rio's best friend Shamel, Rio's other friend Cutty, and Truck all loses their lives in one way or another. I won't say who actually dies and who ends up spending the rest of their lives behind bars. You'll have to read that for yourself!