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A Hood Chick's Story [Kindle Edition]

LaShonda DeVaughn
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (218 customer reviews)

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Drama is no stranger to Tiara James. When it felt like the world had finally changed the hand that she’d been dealt, reality continued to creep up on her. With a mom on the verge of becoming an alcoholic and an alcoholic crack-addicted father who use to beat her mom in front of her, who could blame Tiara for finding a family on the streets.
Tiara’s loyalty to her friends was undeniable. The crew consisted of, Tiara, Tamika, Shavon, Renee, Ke Ke and Karen. They jumped, robbed and fought other girls who stood in their way. When trouble surfaced, the crew had no problems with getting their hands dirty. Tiara was faithful to her crew handling any drama that presented itself. But when jealousy get’s the best of friends, things continued to get ugly.
With an older brother Tre James wrapped deeply into the streets becoming a drug dealer at 13, their younger brother Sharod had no choice but to admire both Tre and Tiara’s lifestyle. Tragedy continued to hit home and Tiara’s life continued to go down hill. She lost people who she loved and trusted the most to death, jail or betrayal. From welfare, section 8, jail, drugs, abusive relationships and lies, Tiara’s future seems uncertain. Will she finally rise above the drama that meets her at every corner, or remain trapped in the jaws of the hood? Brace yourself as Tiara James takes you on a rollercoaster ride in her footsteps, in her hood, telling her story.

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About the Author

LaShonda DeVaughn received her Associate Degree in Science at Fisher College in 2001. She has since worked for one of the most prestigious Law Firms in Boston. After graduating, she decided to get her feet wet in the Real Estate game buying her first house at the age of 21. Now, at age 25, LaShonda has three houses under her belt. Still she felt like she was ignoring her passion for writing and hip-hop. She formed a hip-hop dance group "Definition" who went on to win at the World Famous Apollo Theater three times in a row. But she still wanted to write ever since she was in High School. That was the first time she discovered that she had a flare for writing. She was rewarded one of the top writers in her Creative Writing course. She carried that flare into College thus writing poems for students as well as columns in the weekly bulletins. Family and friends convinced her to turn her poetry into music. She decided to write rhymes in the hip-hop genre surpassing everyone's already high expectations of her writing skills. After recording a few tracks, LaShonda was convinced that it was harder for a female MC to get on rather than a male MC. She decided to use her skills to write novels. Her first novel being "A HOOD CHICK'S STORY" set to be self-published and released soon. LaShonda is residing in Boston with her two beautiful children

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  • File Size: 211 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HW7N0W
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,967 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bad luck or none at all April 16, 2008
Format:Paperback
Tiara James is one person that's makes the statement "If it weren't for bad luck she wouldn't have none at all" TRUE. From a young age, she has had disappointment after disappointed. She watches her mother being abused at the hands of her father. At the age of 6 her mother decides she is sick and tired of being sick and tired she and moves her oldest Tre James and Tiara aka T from Va to Boston, right in the hood down the block from the Projects. Tiara mom becomes an alcoholic and things go from bad to worst, as her kids are force to let the streets raise them.

While growing up T, only had her brother Tre as a roll model; whom himself is a drug dealer/ stick up kid at the age of 13. Tre is knee deep in the streets. He has his own crew of thugs which he is the leader of. Tiara can't help but admire him.

T has a best friend named Tamika; they are thick as thieves so close that the outside world thinks they are cousins. Along the way Shavon, Renee, Ke Ke and Karen join T and Tamika to form their own crew called the "Dime Piece Gangstresses" or "DPG" and they bring terror to the hood. These Ride Or Die Chicks hold there own and do not take mess from anybody.

As time moves on Tiara finds love with Derek, but at this point she starts to see not all her friends are straight up as she is to them. Jealousy, betrayal, and disappointment hits home again. With her lil Brother Sharod constantly wearing on her mind, T doesn't want to see him follow in the footsteps of her and their brother Tre. However, the street life looks so glamorous to him. See if T is successful at keeping Sharod from the jaws of the street life. Be her passenger as T tell her story of life in the hood.

Kudos to the new coming Author LaShonda DeVaughn.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Book! A Page Turner... July 4, 2011
Format:Paperback
Shonda! U Went In On The Writing. I Love This Book. I Read Most Of The Book In Little Time. I Was Surprised That The Character "Sharod" Had The Same Name As Me. Its pronounced The Same, And Spelled The Same, Which Is Uncommon. The Book Grabbed Me From Beginning To End. And There Were Touching Moments That I Felt From Tiara Of What She Was Going Through the important people in her life. This Book Is A Representation What We As African Americans, And Hispanics Go Through In The Hood. If You Grew Up In The Hood, 9 Times Out Of 10 You Would Relate To This Story. I Know I Did. I Highly Recommend This Book. On To The Next...Part 2!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!! July 13, 2011
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Shonda i really really enjoyed this book series. it gave me a vision of everything that i read. i could definately see alot of resemblances throughout your books. i love them, it was a story well captured and may you continue to be great at what you do! i would definately recommend this book
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Slow read May 19, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This book has action but it is just boring to me. I think the characters need more development and also make the plots better. I normally read a 500 of book in a day and half this little book took me 3 days because the character development was not good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book June 26, 2011
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This book was recommended by a friend and I am glad I decided to purchase it. Once I started reading I didn't stop. The character went threw so much and none of her friends were loyal to her like she was to them. Death and tragedy seem to follow her, but she is striving for a better life. I can't wait to start part 2.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Can a sista get a break? November 2, 2008
Format:Paperback
Tiara James has lived in a whirlwind of traumatic times. Her path is riddled with struggles that many growing up in the hood must endure. However as she grows and matures she desperately looks for a way out for her and her younger brother. But with an alcoholic mother, gun crazy older brother, drug dealing boyfriend and backstabbing girlfriends does Tiara have a chance?

A Hood Chick Story is a good urban read and moves with the antics of the character. There were, however, some editing issues and inconsistencies that made it difficult to follow the story at times. The story does encourage the readers press on to that final page in hopes that Tiara can make her way out the hood. Will Tiara remain a hood chick forever? Will she break free from the traps of the hood? Ride with Tiara as she tells you how it goes down in her hood!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely onpoint from beginning to end!!! March 2, 2008
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Shonda captured what I believe to be "every little girls dream" to get out of the hood in this book. She portrayed compassion, honesty, loyalty throughout the entire book to her friends and to her family. I felt like I was "her" growing up.

Shonda girl you did ya thing with this one! I really felt like in the end that was "ME", to the point I read it again!

Shonda will be around for a long time, and I can't wait to read more of her books. She captures the real spirit of a young girl trying to be the role model for "every little girl" in the hood.

Keep em coming Boston Princess!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Weeelll June 24, 2013
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As far as the plot goes, it was semi interesting. I did manage to finish it afterall. Not worth your time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put it down
Once I started reading this book I could not put it down. I read it in a couple of hours, can't wait to read the next one.
Published 25 days ago by T.Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars It was pretty good!!
definitely will be reading pt 2 & 3. This story hit very close to home for me. A hood chick's story.
Published 29 days ago by MissFireRed
4.0 out of 5 stars great read
Good read! From the beginning to the end. Check it out. You won't be disappointed, its a promise. Download it
Published 1 month ago by Tyrenia King
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK
I really enjoyed this book. I'm also glad that I read it when I did because part two is already out and I don't have to wait for it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tori
3.0 out of 5 stars Check it out
This book grabbed my attention and wouldn't let me go. I was surprised by the ending and would love to read more books from this author.
Published 1 month ago by Ibaqueen42
3.0 out of 5 stars A Hood Chick's Story
This was interesting. Most importantly was the ending. Good book. It is a story anyone can relate too wether from the Hood or not.
Published 1 month ago by Bresais03
5.0 out of 5 stars Never Ending Drama
This Book Was 👌 😔
It Was Good Read From Start To Finish... A Lot Of Situations That Were Unexpected. Made Me Think....
Published 2 months ago by Mickey
4.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly good read
I was really surprised that I enjoyed this book. read it in one day. I am looking forward to reading the next book. I found myself rooting for Tiara.
Published 3 months ago by Shona
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT READ
I had to order all three of these books because I enjoyed the first one so much - and the other two did not disappoint me.
Published 3 months ago by Yolanda Franklin
4.0 out of 5 stars these books are usually very good,......
I bought this book from Amazon books. And well so far it very much entertaining,keep wanting to see what happens next. Read more
Published 3 months ago by tweet ebird
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More About the Author

In 2007 LaShonda DeVaughn stepped into the literary world swinging. Her self-published debut novel, "A Hood Chick's Story" hit the urban fiction world and immediately sold out in bookstores worldwide. Thereafter, she was intensely sought out by agents and publishers alike. Focusing on her vision for developing her own publishing company, Street Dreamz Publications, LaShonda turned down lucrative publishing deals to remain her own publisher.

Her popularity caught the attention of newspapers such as the Boston Herald, Boston Globe and the Boston Banner. "A Hood Chick's Story" has also reigned supreme as one of the top two urban books in the popular Don Diva Magazine. LaShonda has even garnered the support from Boston's City Counselor Chuck Turner.

Red carpet book release parties and celebrity filled events is how LaShonda is known to celebrate her success. Her "doing it big" promotional inspiration and one of a kind stories is what keeps her successfully topping literary charts. Her new release "I'd Rather Be Single" an anthology that features Author's Mimi Renee, Tysha and Kaie Golson has reached success immediately upon release. LaShonda plans to take her brand, StreetDreamz Publications to levels that no other urban publishing house has reached.

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