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"Street legend Woods goes hardcover but stays True to the Game."—Library Journal on ALIBI

"Street-lit pioneer Woods (True to the Game) makes her hardcover debut with this gritty, botched robbery tale. While giving a sympathetic voice to her financially desperate heroine-who entertains no fantasies of knights in shining armor and uses sex to get what she wants-Woods observes that easy cash comes with a steep price. Her fans are sure to demand this; buy multiple copies."—Library Journal on ALIBI

"Woods writes with feeling and a strong sense of her Philadelphia setting; in addition her characters manage to become more than just stereotypes they initially appear to be. Fast-paced and exciting, Alibi is an action-filled story about the desperate life of one urban girl and the of consequences trying to break away. Woods' following will snap this up, but it can find a wider audience with thriller readers who like George Pelecanos' The Turnaround and with fans of the urban crime drama The Wire."—Booklist on ALIBI

"This New Jersey author has the urban fiction genre locked up."—Sunday Star Ledger on ALIBI

"Urban fiction fans will welcome the melodramatic final entry in bestseller Woods's True to the Game trilogy, which vividly depicts the 1990s drug culture."—Publishers Weekly on TRUE TO THE GAME III

"Woods keeps it raw in this gutsy sequel that features the round-the-way girl who fell hard for Quadir, the millionaire drug dealer."—Essence magazine on TRUE TO THE GAME II

About the Author

Teri Woods was born in Delare and later moved to Philadelphia, PA where she worked as a legal secretary/paralegal for eight years in a Philadelphia law firm. She began writing True to the Game in 1993 and began to submit her work to publishers. After being turned down, the book sat dormant in a closet for two years. In 1998, she began selling handmade copies of the book out of the trunk of her car. With the success of the handmade books, she started her own publishing and production company, Meow Meow Productions.

Teri Woods lives in New Jersey with her three children. She is hard at work on her next novel.

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Product Details

  • Series: True to the Game Trilogy (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446571563
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446571562
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (452 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #378,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

True to the Game by New York Times bestseller author and publisher Teri Woods has been undisputedly titled a classic. While working as a legal secretary for a law firm and juggling motherhood in Philadelphia, PA Teri Woods completed her first novel, True to the Game. She submitted her story over a period of six years to more that twenty different publishers, all of whom rejected her. When major publishing houses refused to embrace True to the Game she wasn't discouraged. In 1998 instead of giving up, Woods' printed, bound, self-published and began selling hand to hand her first book True to the Game.On December 18, 1999 with the support and encouragement of friends, Teri Woods recognized the selling power of her story. She credits her overwhelming success to hard work and perseverance. Teri Woods often slept in her car and on the couches of acquaintances, as she spent countless hours selling her books on the streets of New York. Moving thousands of books primarily from the trunk of her car she was determined to have her story read. Her grassroots tactic paid off; Teri Woods became a self-made millionaire in just three years selling her novel, True to the Game. With the release of True to the Game, Teri Woods has reinvigorated the urban fiction market and created a growing trend in publishing.As owner of Teri Woods Publishing, Woods' published: True to the Game, DUTCH I, DUTCH II, Deadly Reigns I and II , Angel, B-More Careful, The Adventures of Ghetto Sam, Triangle of Sins, Rectangle of Sins, Tell Me Your Name, Predator and Double Dose. True to the Game, B-More Careful, DUTCH, Triangle of Sins, Rectangle of Sins, Deadly Reigns I and Deadly Reigns II has all been featured on the Essence Bestseller list numerous times collectively. Teri Woods Publishing has sold over 1 million copies independently and generated over 15 million dollars in gross revenue. Woods jump started the entire urban-book marketplace. Teri signed a five book deal with Grand Central Publishing in 2007. True to the Game II (GCP, 2007) and True to the Game III (GCP, 2008) both debuted on The New York Times Bestsellers list. Teri's first hardcover, the urban thriller, ALIBI will be published in August 2009

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Stacy D. Campbell on January 23, 2003
Format: Paperback
Teri Woods fable True To The Game is a compelling story of the games
that are played in the streets; a story of some people's reality.
It's a heart wrenching story of drugs, love, and the love of money.
Gena, a young girl barely legal, was raised in the Richard Allen
projects in Philly. She's smart, witty, and knows what her heart
desires. Growing up in the projects, she comes to the realization that
money is power and the more money you have the more power you have.
She thrived on fun and spending money and with her spending habits a
regular nine to five would not suffice.
As Gena mingle with the street lords and leaders, she finds true
love. Quadir, a young handsome man with aspirations of being a
dentist, finds himself forced into the streets as a means to help his
family survive. Yet, Quadir was sucked into a life of fast money and
women at his beck and call. It was a life hard to let go of.
After Gena and Quadir found true love, he realizes that he was a
street made millionaire and was ready to give it all up. However,
before he is able to turn over a new leaf, death and destruction would
claim the life of many.
Leaving Gena hopeless and poor forcing her to realize that she has
come too far to turn back to the projects. Just when Gena feels that
she is at her lowest she stumble across what she needs to brings her
back to her one love...the love of money.
Teri Woods does a wonderful job of bringing the realities of street-
life and placing it at the hands of her readers. If you�re looking for
a love story with street-life virtue, this is the book you want to
read. I highly recommend True To The Game.
Stacy Campbell
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
True to the Game by Teri Woods is an incredibly interesting book. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. The way it is written and the way the characters are described, it's just like reading a story written by a friend or someone close to me. This is the kind of life most teenagers are living nowadays, fast cars, drugs, violence, and sex.
Even though the book has misspelled words and the grammar isn't so perfect, the book in general is incredible. The main characters, Gena, Sahirah, and Quadir live in a life full of drugs, sex and violence. The setting takes place in Harlem, New York and in Philadelphia around the 1990's. Gena and Quadir are living a Cinderella-type of love, in a ghetto/dangerous way. The story has an easy to read plot.
I recommend this book to everyone. Once you start reading it, you would not put it down to until you have finished it. Most teenagers are living in denial about how their life is perfect but this book is a reflection of their lives.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "jahdehya1" on May 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book,reason being I lived that life and almost lost my life and freedom. No money in the world is worth losing your life or freedom. This book was off the hook I read it in less than 24 hours. I went to rags to riches and from riches to a normal rag life. The hustling game is not the move in the 2000 they giving away prison time in double digits....New York
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tisha P. Benbow on August 22, 2001
Format: Paperback
True to the game was an excellent fable; however, the writing was terrible, which is the reason why I reduced the review from five stars to four. I really enjoyed the plot, which often caused me to smile, laugh, become livid and cry, throughout certain scenes. I believe that it sends an important message to my peers and to a much larger audience. In my opinion, the synopsis of the book is the fallen of a young couple in love and thier friends, who struggled throughout their childhoods, due to the temptations and glamour of fast money and lavish luxuries. Overall, I believe that the lesson to be learned from reading this book is that anything that comes too easy in life is not worth having, due to the consequences, which can sometimes mean a life.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Shakirah on February 20, 2003
Format: Paperback
True to the Game was the best book I have ever read. I started reading lots of books when My boyfriend got locked up. So yes I've read The coldest Winter Ever, Be More Careful, when You look at me and more. Don't get me wrong they were all great books but True to the game touched my heart. It's the type of book you can finish in oneday because you can't wait to see what is going to happen next. I know guys like Quadir are the worst to have but somehow good girls always fall for his type. When the character's in the book cried, I cried as if it was me. When they had a great time I was there to see. If there is ever a movie and I'm hoping it will be. I would be honored to play Gina If I could get the opportunity. By the way thanks for writting a book that people in the hood can relate to. To the real Gina aka I don't know who thanks girl for sharing. Peace
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SHAWN JAMES on March 27, 2002
Format: Paperback
Teri woods true to the game is the ABSOlUTE WORST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ! This book glamorizes and glorifies the life of the hustler and the hoochie. None of the characters have any depth and the book has no sense of realism. The teenage girls seem to live in a fantasy world of men and money, and the guys seem to think hustling is the only way of life to live. There is nothing real about this. It's all pretty sad. I expected better. Pick up dopefied by Donald Goines or Pimp by iceberg slim those books show you what the "game" really is.
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