Thursday, May 14, 2009

Hold Love Strong by Matthew Aaron Goodman

This adult novel is urban fiction, but not your typical urban fiction--it's beautifully written, even though it's full of violence, language, teenage moms, and depressing situations.

Abraham was born to a 13-year-old mother who eventually turns into a crack addict who is murdered. Everything around him is horrible--typical New York City projects. Basketball may be his way out, but, like all basketball stars, school and the police keep getting in the way. His grandma is trying to keep the family together, but she's having a hard time, too. Apathy is everywhere.

I'm not too sure how I feel about this book. It's a slow read, but the language is beautiful.

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