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Two The Hard Way [Kindle Edition]

Travis Hunter
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Book Description

Coming up in the inner city, Kwame and Romeo Braxton never had anyone except their Nana and each other. So when big brother Kwame caught two years for doing nothing but keeping the wrong kind of friends, their lives were turned upside down. And things are about to get shaken up one more time. . .

Romeo is seventeen and the star quarterback for the Tucker Tigers. He gets all the attention he can handle from the honeys--and the big-time college football programs. Deciding where to take a scholarship should be Romeo's biggest problem, but these days it's the last thing on his mind. . .

Not only is Kwame finally getting out of jail, their absentee mother Pearl is back on the scene, and Rome's girl Ngiai says she's ready to get serious. Oh, and a couple of thugs beat Pearl nearly to death and wrecked Nana's crib.

With everything in their lives out of control, Kwame and Rome are at a serious crossroads. Now they'll have to decide who's really got their backs, and what kind of future they're ready to step up to. . .

"Gritty, realistic, and unforgettable, Travis Hunter knows the urban teen scene." --Ni-Ni Simone, author of Teenage Love Affair

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Honor student and star quarterback Romeo has big college plans, but can he survive the dangerous streets of the Atlanta projects where he lives? His big brother, Kwame, 19, is released from prison after serving two years for something he did not do, and he is determined to help his community and keep Romeo out of trouble. Told in the alternating first-person narratives of the two close brothers, Hunter’s debut YA novel about family, friends, lovers, and official corruption moves quickly, with dialogue that is angry, hilarious, heartbreaking, and mean (no invective, though). The often violent action builds to a stormy climax with shoot-outs, car crashes, and dramatic turnarounds, but it is the tender, personal elements that are unforgettable: the brothers’ love for Nana, who raised them; Romeo’s relationship with his beautiful girlfriend, Ngiai, who is not ready for sex. With discussion questions at the end, the intense contemporary drama is sure to engage teens. Grades 10-12. --Hazel Rochman

Product Details

  • File Size: 716 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; 1 edition (August 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003IYI7CS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #555,959 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Family Affair July 27, 2010
After Kwame and Romeo's mother abandoned them, they went to live with their grandmother who is affectionately called Nana. Romeo, the youngest of the two, idolized his older brother and when he went to prison for a crime he didn't commit, Romeo's world went to pieces. It was easy to get caught up in the streets, but Romeo focused on being the star quarterback at his high school, hanging out with his militant midget, best friend Amir, and Kwame's pending release.

When Kwame is released from prison, Romeo is happy to have his big brother back home with him. Even their mother starts coming around more often. As they begin to enjoy their lives back together again, their mother is savagely beaten. Not only do they find out the reason for their mother's abandonment, they also find out who wants them all out of the picture.

The remarkable characterization in TWO THE HARD WAY sets the tone in this explosive teen story. From the special bond Kwame and Romeo share, and the love they feel for Nana, to the hilarious "power to the people" Amir, each of these characters will find a place in your heart. The secondary characters add just a touch more spice to a realistic plot of love and survival. Just when I thought the story couldn't get any better, Hunter takes it to another level. I sense a sequel!!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommend August 20, 2010
By Linda Y
This is an author that I always keep an eye open for new releases because his fast-paced, action packed stories never disappoint!

17yo Romeo should have nothing on his mind but which college he should be attending, instead he worries about his 19yo inmate brother not making parole, his beloved Nana's health and money troubles, his mother Pearl who abandoned them and his girl Ngiai finding out he could possibly be a father. Then throw in his loyal & militant best friend Amir, an arsenal toting neighbor, a displaced General and his brother Kwame's friend who possibly set him up and you've got an awesome story to unravel of who to trust, family secrets and the struggle to make it out of the projects in one piece or be swallowed up. I really enjoyed this book and the message that it sends to young people, esp young males. There were a few scenes that were a little preachy but overall it was very enjoyable. I'd highly recommend and can't wait for Travis' next book to come out in Dec. I thought he left us hanging with one of the characters but he read our minds!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Read! May 19, 2012
By A Ford
As always Travis Hunter has delivered again. After he gets the characters in trouble and it seems there is no way out.... guess who shows up.... Priest. I enjoy reading all of Hunters' books because they are all connected with a central theme of survival and some characters re-appear in other novels. You can trust all of his novels to be well worth the reading time.
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More About the Author

I was born Florence, South Carolina. I grew up playing football and basketball like most of the other kids around my way. I never thought I'd be an author. I always hated reading and God forbid writing. So being the smart woman that she is, my mother used reading as a form of punishment for me when I acted up. Little did I know she was planting a very important seed. One that would one day turn into a career. I decided to start writing because I couldn't find any good books with positive African American male leads. So I decided to take a leap of faith and wrote my first novel, The Hearts of Men. I self published THOM and after selling a little over six thousand copies in about two months, I was approached by Random House. They republished The Hearts of Men. After that, I was bitten by the writing bug and now I'm on a role. Married But Still Looking, Trouble Man, A One Woman Man, Something to Die For, A Family Sin, Dark Child and the latest, Momma's a Virgin. I have three young adult novels; Two The Hard Way, At the Cross Roads, On the Come Up and the forthcoming novel about bullies; The Last Laugh. My novels are all quick reads. I could kill lots of trees with pages and pages of fluff but I prefer to give you mostly the meat and potatoes of the story. Im very passionate about my non-profit THe Hearts of Men Foundation. ( Anyway, I hope you guys enjoy the work.

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