Thursday, October 16, 2008


Author:  Kalisha Buckhanon
Genre:  Realistic Fiction
Published:  2004
Personal Rating:  3.75/5
Yearly Count:  135

Two Harlem teens (Antonio & Natasha) confess their love for one another, but have to correspond through letters due to Antonio's arrest.     
I enjoyed meeting these two teens and thought their story was told very realistically.  The dialog between them was filled with a lot of raw emotion, but bad language as well.  Despite the language, I was interested in both characters - they were so well-developed and distinct.  Being that they were from Harlem, there were many urban aspects to the novel.  I found it to be very compelling.

*Recommended By:  Eleanor at Goodreads (no review)


  1. This was such a powerful book -- I'm not sure how the author could have told it without using strong language! -- and it just broke my heart for the lost possibilities, and the ambiguity at the end.

  2. I LOVED was so raw, so real, so did a very good job of drawing the reader into the story!

  3. Eleanor ~ I agree - the language was certainly part of the culture and fit the story . . . no doubt.

    I don't know what's wrong with me. Even though I thought it was really good - I didn't connect like I had hoped to. I can't put my finger on it. It's just a feeling I guess.

    Yasmin ~ I really wanted to like it more. It could be that it just wasn't the best timing for me. Sometimes that happens.

  4. Unfortunately I have kind of a foul mouth (keep it in check, though, around others), but I don't like reading it on paper. Weird, huh? So ruin the ending for me--does Antonio make it out of prison and all ends well? ;) OK, you don't have to ruin it for me...

  5. Trish ~ You'll have to read it and find out!


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