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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: LaShonda DeVaughn Publishers (November 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615168671
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615168678
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 6.2 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (218 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #467,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By SiStar Tea on 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 By Amazon Customer on 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 By CHARNESE THE BOOK CRITIC DC on 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 By SHARRON LEE on May 19, 2013
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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 By Charlene D. Richardson on 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 By Readers With Attitude Bookclub VINE VOICE on 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 By Author Mahogani P. on 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 By Karen Spencer on 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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