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*Starred Review* Jones was only five years old when she was taken away from her family after a teacher noticed signs of sexual abuse. After being bounced around from house to house for three years, Jones’ caseworker takes her to South Central Los Angeles and the home of Big Mom, a tough, religious African American woman caring for her four grandchildren. Here, Jones finally finds a home and a family and quickly learns the rules of the neighborhood, which is run by the Bloods. Her two older brothers, Tyrell and Taye, join the gang, and Jones longs to as well, even after both brothers go to jail for different offenses. In spite of terrible losses—Jones calls a friend she saw just the night before and learns that he has been murdered—Jones becomes a provider for her family by running drugs. Eventually, she surprises even herself by doing what she once thought was impossible: getting into college and leaving South Central. Raw and powerful, Jones’ memoir is unforgettable, painting a vivid picture of a world most of us turn away from, one that thrives on loyalty and love amid all the bloodshed. --Kristine Huntley
Margaret B. Jones, born in Pomona, California, was brought up in Los Angeles. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in ethnic studies and is an active member of International Brother/SisterHood, which works to reduce gang violence and mentor urban teens. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is a wonderful tale of complete bulls***. Cheers to you Peggy! You fooled the literati. They ate it up with a spoon.Published 8 months ago by Shaney HOWARD
This fictional text marketed shamelessly as a memoir is just really awful. Even if it were presented as fiction from the start, there is still the concern that this is a poor and... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Sophie Pantouffle
The book is a poorly written, demonstrable fraud; the author has admitted as much. So why does Amazon still have a starred review posted on this page? Read morePublished on August 23, 2012 by Jerome R. Dodson
anyone including the publisher would think that the premise of white girl being raised by poor blacks was true. My God where are they from?Published on December 29, 2008 by vassel
I saw this at the library and picked it up, not knowing about all the publicity, which I'm surprised I didn't know, since I try to keep abreast of all things literary. Read morePublished on October 14, 2008 by Lena M. Willis
I didn't know the book was fiction until I went to review it. I'm disappointed that the author couldn't be honest about this, but the story is still good. Read morePublished on May 26, 2008 by Turtle
This is ridiculous, anybody who been involved or even been around this life on the outside edges would be able to tell right from the beginning where she says the thing about using... Read morePublished on May 10, 2008 by NJ Queen
This is a well written, most engaging story and it is so unfortunate that the author chose to label it as a true memoir which caused the publisher to recall it. Read morePublished on April 14, 2008 by CJR
Memoir or Fiction it is a wonderful and interesting book. Read it and see.Published on April 6, 2008 by rainy day reader