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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (October 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062067656
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062067654
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 6.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of hip-hop's most accomplished and respected artists, T.I. now makes a bold leap into the world of fiction with the epic love story of Power and Beauty.

Adrift after the death of his mother, Charlotte, Paul "Power" Clay turns to Slim, a local businessman, for guidance. Slim always has the best of everything, and if Power learns his ways, perhaps he'll someday be worthy of Tanya "Beauty" Long.

Eleven years old when her own mother died and Charlotte Clay took her in, Beauty has always known that the only person she can rely on is herself. Now Charlotte is gone—and with Power being sucked deeper and deeper into a world of drugs, money, and violence, she turns her back on Atlanta . . . and on her growing love for Power Clay.

Making the difficult transition from boy to man, Power begins to question the wisdom and the motives of those who have taught him what he knows—while Beauty takes the New York fashion world by storm. But she cannot forget what—and who—she left behind. And when Power really needs her, Beauty will risk everything to save the man she loves.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

TIP “T.I.” HARRIS is a Grammy Award–winning rapper, film and music producer, actor, and writer. He is the founder and co–chief executive officer of Grand Hustle Records, and he launched his film company, Grand Hustle Films, in 2007. He and his wife, Tiny, star in the hit VH1 reality show T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle, and are involved in charities and community outreach involving children and those suffering with Alzheimer’s. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.


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Can't wait to read the second part!
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It also seemed like they were trying too hard to throw vice into the story.
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Both book are great book club reads... You won't be disappointed..
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Schwenk VINE VOICE on October 24, 2011
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An HBO or Showtime TV series (or mini-series) is where this novel belongs. The book is more screenplay than novel. It ends with a cliffhanger, so we can be sure that a sequel is in the works.

There is enough explicit sex and foul language to repel the faint of heart and to ensure that this "screenplay" will never make it to network TV. On the other hand, there may be enough action, sex and money to ensure this series' success. The writing is plot-driven. The prose, while simple and lacking in any flourishes, does advance the plot line at "warp speed".

The story is told in the third person and, although the author tells you what the characters feel, the reader is never shown 'why'. The reader is not drawn in emotionally. Rather, the reader views the action at a distance - as in a TV show with no character development.

Beauty is a half Japanese- half black teenager who was adopted by Power's mom.
Power is black. The `book' begins when the pair's mother dies as a result of an explosion.

The night after their mother died, Power and Beauty did something that their mother had warned them against: they made love. This experience (we are told) was magic, and the two of them spent the next several years trying to recreate the experience of that night with other lovers. But no one could ever come close to matching what (we are told) Beauty and Power had with each other.

The two teenagers are separated shortly after that experience.

Both Power and Beauty occupy worlds so overblown by conspicuous money that it is spent like water. Private jets and gold cellphone enclosures that cost $33,000 abound.

The obsessive focus on money, how it's spent, and how much everything costs actually becomes tiresome. It is also unbelievable.
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Jacque Cartwright VINE VOICE on October 3, 2011
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Well this will be short and sweet. Power is left with his sister Beauty after their mother Charlotte is killed in a fire. Beauty is not Power's biological sister, they were raised as sister and brother after Beauty lost her mother. Which to me is the same thing as being sister and brother.

It was so hard for me to get past the first couple of chapters. (sections because they aren't really long enough to be chapters) I feel like TI was trying to write how he raps. The were just a bunch of sentences clustered together. Kinda like preschool. (The dog was brown. The house was blue. The sky was grey.) give me a break.

I have to be honest, I wasn't able to finish this book...I tried God knows I tried, but I just couldn't finish it. I don't know where he was trying to go, but I couldn't follow him. I had a very hard time, with him not only sleeping with his sister, but not being able to even deal with other women unless he was picturing her face. (unbeleivable) lol

I wanted to give this book a chance, but after so many, I had to give up and move on the the next book. No sense wasting time on reading something that just isn't doing it for me.

Sorry TI..I prefer your music and acting. As for David Ritz calling TIP a great writer and brilliant literary mind..did he read this book or was he smoking? save your money, I do not recommend reading.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By L.Taylor on October 2, 2011
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Charlotte Clay is the mother of Power and adopted mother of her long lost best friend's daughter Beauty.Losing Charlotte in a fire at 16 years of age,Power and Beauty commit an act,during hours of grief,that they promise to never commit or speak of again.

Charles 'Slim' Simmons,Charlotte's employer,sends the teens mother home in an elaborate service.He takes the two in and gives them everything they want and need.Power accepts his generosity with open arms.Beauty is cautious and stand
offish.She sees Slim as an evil snake.She warns Power of the evilness Slim possesses.Power sees him as a generous guy that liked their mother and doing a good deed.

Beauty keeps her distance from Slim and flees to New York to fulfill her dream of becoming a fashion designer.Power stays,goes to school and learns tidbits of living the so called 'good life' from Slim.After losing a school election,Power decides he'll never attend school again.Slim agrees with him and sends him to friends to learn the game from some of the finest players that play in it.

As time goes on Power and Beauty stay separated without contact.They find themselves always dreaming of each other and thinking the secret they vow to keep.This secret has them connected yet disconnected.In their time apart they learn a lot from some of the most eccentric people there are.People who say Power and Beauty's futures are at the top of the priority list, but their own personal gains are what they really seek.

Slim loses it and everybody around him seems to meet their demise or disappear.He searches for Power and Beauty and finds them...Beauty finally contacts Power and again she warns him he's in danger at the hands of Slim...they agree to meet and at an arms length away Power is whisked away.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 11, 2011
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I have to say I kept falling asleep on this book which is the first clue that I was not interested. I FINALLY finished the book and it was like eating a meal that you tasted but was not satisfied! This book was Horrible. It piggy backed off of Midnight (Sistah Souljah's book) in some places and really had no direction or "meaning". I am left to wonder what parts were writtten by T.I. and which by David. I bet I could guess though. My recommendation would be for T.I. to stick to Rapping and staying cute and leave the writing to real Authors.
P.S. The ending was super WHACK.
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