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Caught up in the Dance,
This review is from: Entangled (Paperback)
Urban Hip Hop is one of my favorite genres. K-Elliott's debut weaves a fast paced tale of drugs, street life and a quest for Diamonds and Pearls. After serving five years for drug conspiracy Jamal vows never again to go back to jail. After being released he realizes gainful employment is a difficult task.
In the meantime he connects with his childhood friend Dawg, who entices Jamal to contact his cocaine connection, Angelo in Florida. On a flight from Charlotte to Florida Jamal and Dawg meet Keisha Ferguson who is traveling with her girlfriend Dream Nelson. Jamal meets Dream and becomes mesmerized not only by her looks but her name.
Dream is a middle school history teacher at Spaugh, and Jamal is a drug dealer. The contrast between the two lives is fascinating especially when Dream attempts to keep Jamal from his life of crime. As well as watching the transformation Dream goes through to help her thuggish man. I enjoyed reading the romance mixed amongst the violence and drug dealing that became a part of both their lives.
When two worlds begin to collide there is no telling where the pieces will fall. Dream got so tangled in Jamal's world she almost lost her own. The undertone references to God were truly a welcomed sight amidst the violence and drugs and mistaken glamour of the streets. One message I walked away with after reading this book was He is always in the midst, working it out. No MATTER WHAT
(Originally read and reviewed Dec 2003)