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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Original edition (September 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312536968
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312536961
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In his ninth novel, K'Wan (Gangsta; Road Dawgz) continues his popular Hood Rat series, with yet more of what his readers expect: action, murder, betrayal, sex, more action, familiar faces and a few surprises. Readers are first introduced to Tionna, a single mom of two, desperate to recover her footing after her man gets arrested for his involvement in drug and gun dealing. Moving back to her old neighborhood in shame, Tionna devises a plan with her girlfriends—Gucci, Boots and Tracy—to con local record label mogul Don B. Meanwhile, Gucci meets and falls for Animal, a notorious criminal who's on the fence about going legitimate as a rapper. As their pursuits intertwine, Tionna and friends find much to learn about unintended consequences. Quick and entertaining, K'wan's latest captures a small slice of modern urban life with a great degree of credibility and finds in Animal his most conflicted, memorable and likable character yet. Unfortunately, the plot hinges on some implausible (and cheesy) developments, which may try readers' patience. (Oct.)
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 Praise for K'wan:

“The big draw here is the electric prose, which is imbued with profane, comic lyricism."

--Publishers Weekly on HOOD RAT

"One of hip-hop fiction's hottest authors. . .fans will appreciate many of the qualities that make K'wan a writer to check for: gritty settings, memorable dialogue and authentic action."

--KING magazine on Street Dreams

“This gangsta romp is indisputably a page-turner.”

--Library Journal on Eve


More About the Author

K'wan is a multiple literary award winner and bestselling author of over a dozen titles which include: Gangsta, Road Dawgz, Street Dreams, Hoodlum, Eve, Hood Rat, Blow, Still Hood, Gutter, Section 8, From Harlem with Love, The Leak, Welfare Wifeys, Eviction Notice, Love & Gunplay, Animal, Purple Reign, The 1st & 15th, Ghetto Bastard and Animal II. K'wan is also the author of several dark fantasy novels written under a pseudonym.

K'wan has been featured in: Vibe, Pages, King, The Library Journal, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Press, and Time Magazine, to name a few. K'wan was also the recipient of the 2012 and 13 Street Lit Book Award Medals (SLBAM) in adult fiction for Eviction Notice and Animal. His credits also include featured commentary in the award winning Documentary Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp (produced by Ice-T) as well as a reoccurring role as an analyst on TV-One's Celebrity Crime Files.

K'wan currently resides in New Jersey where he is working on his next novel. Please visit his website: www.Kwanfoye.com

Customer Reviews

This book deserved 5 stars.
Chae
If you read Hood Rat & Still Hood you owe it to yourself to read Section 8.
The Brooklyn Bookworm
Even though the focus of the story may be on new characters.
Renee Fulgiam Douglas

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Romello $ on October 27, 2009
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Well the book started off slow and then all these characters from his past novels started popping up. Took me awhile to remember most of them. Shai Clark i definitely know from Hoodlum my favorite K'Wan book. I personally feel there were too many characters. I liked it but was expecting so much more. Now i have to wait what another year before K'wan comes out with another joint. I hope his next work is a page turner.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By AndreaDenise VINE VOICE on September 30, 2009
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Section 8, the latest and greatest by K'wan, boasts similar elements found in his previous "hood" tales. He effortlessly addresses many of the issues faced by many living in the inner cities today: drug abuse, promiscuity and violence.

Tionna is presently stuck between a rock and a hard place. The man of her dreams is currently doing time. Duhan expects Tionna to hold him down, while he attempts to beat his case, all the while knowing that Tionna is penniless and barely able to care for their two children.

She's prepared to "ride" for her man until she meets Don B., CEO of Big Dawg Entertainment. Assuming he's the answer to her prayers, Tionna swiftly discovers he's her worst nightmare.

Gucci, Tionna's best friend, knows she's a dime piece and dares anyone, male or female, to think otherwise. This likable character has been down for Tionna through thick and thin. When Gucci finally meets someone whom she finds fascinating, she fears she may lose him before they have the chance to become acquainted.

Multifaceted, Tayshawn a/k/a Animal can't seem to leave the pandemonium of the streets behind. This gifted storyteller is granted an opportunity to become the newest and hottest rapper on the scene. Will his loyalty to Tech, his partner in crime, hinder Animal from exiting the streets indefinitely?

Along with a spectacular plot and plausible characters, K'wan unveils his comedic side with the introduction of Ronnie, Gucci's mother. She's a no-nonsense, blunt smoking woman who's been around the block ... several times. She dishes out advice, much to the dismay of Gucci and her friends, yet she does so in a humorous way.

I genuinely enjoyed reading this novel. Section 8 merits a perfect rating of five stars. I believe it's his finest work thus far.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CDez on October 24, 2009
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The book started out slow for me. I learned new characters, then had to relearn the old characters, which was frustrating for me. I did love the mixing of characters new and old. But there were some blips. In this book, Jah, Yoshi, Lou Loc, and Gutter were supposedly real, fellow New Yorkers...LEGENDS!! But then, one of the characters is reading the book "Gutter." A little slip, I guess. The book was typical K'wan. Once it took off, it was great until the end. I'm hanging on for the next one. And for those of us who aren't New Yorkers and aren't familiar with the slang, you can sometimes get lost. I was a good book overall and I'd buy it again!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michelle VINE VOICE on March 20, 2010
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"Section 8" is another 5 star page turner from talented author K'wan. I have had this book for months and I finally got around to reading it. I don't know why I waited so long. This book was great! True there were a lot of characters but I think they all brought a little something to the story. The story is focused on Tionna her BFF Gucci, and her man Duhan who is locked up. Tionna has to move back to the hood with her 2 kids after her fairytale life with Duhan is ended when he gets knocked. Then there is Tech (Jah's former partner)Silk, China White and Animal (Tech's crew); they are robbing, killing and causing havoc in the streets. Don B makes another appearance and Big Dawgz entertainment is still doing their thing; trying to get talent and screw people along the way. There is also an appearance from Reese, Billy and Yoshi from the previous books. The Senate are a bunch of old timers that see it all on the block. Rock Head is a wanna be baller that spends his time getting it in with jailbait. All of these people are all tied in to one heck of a story that has an ending that is not at all happy for all involved!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Connie on October 24, 2009
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Section 8 in the beginning was very slow 2 me, I put the novel down a couple of times b4, and almost jus thought 2 4get it, but if I had I would have felt cheated if I hadn't read the entire story. It heated up around page 200(middle/end) and then the pages started flippin, and I had 2 finish.
Animal and Gucci just set things off 4 me, the connection they shared grabbed the interest more 4 them 2 to be 2gether. I like how they kept things real between them. Animal alone kept me reading, and I'm looking 4ward 2 hearing from those 2 again.
Tionna was 1st off not as interesting and I feel she played herself with both Duhan and Don B.
This was my 1st read by K'wan, and I give it 4 stars, but I really feel like a 3.5,.... Not a bad read tho.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Brown on November 19, 2009
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I have read every one of K'wan's books and I can say that I am a fan for life. This is the 3rd book in his Hood Rat series. I must say that I really anticipated this book and when I got it, I was a little bit disappointed at first. It seemed to have so many characters to keep up with and the story started off kind of slow. When I got half way through the book, it really picked up and I couldn't put the book down. K'Wan is a wonderful storyteller and it's like you are almost right there. So after I got through the beginning, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend others read it.
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