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Gangsta Lean Paperback – January 10, 2006
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Top Customer Reviews
Gangsta Lean gives an inside look at the anatomy of a gang. From being jumped in, to the day to day activities, to getting out, Rochon Morgan leaves nothing out. Yet there is more to this story than just telling of gangsters and street life. It is a coming-of-age story. It tells of Pooney and his growing pains and indecision. It shows how a young man can be lured into a gang, but also gives hope to those who are in a gang but want out.
Gangsta Lean is a well written, fast paced read. The character development was excellent. I could feel the pain, joys, and frustrations of all of the characters. The book was well paced. There were never any lulls and the action flowed smoothly. I think that the story may have been a bit stronger if it had more of a back story on how Pooney got involved with the gang. Although his reasons for joining were stated, I think that it may have been better to see how or even if he struggled with his decision to join. I would have also enjoyed seeing more character development done with Pooney's father. Although he is introduced, I would have liked to know more about him and his plight. Nonetheless, Gangsta Lean is an excellent novel that I would highly recommend, especially to those teenagers who are considering joining a gang...this novel just might save their lives.
Review by Latoya Carter-Qawiyy
Allen Richards, affectionately known as Pooney, is a fifteen year old student who has a life full of opportunity ahead of him. He is a star athlete on the football team and not too shabby academically. His father is currently incarcerated, and he lives with his mom, Regina, and his younger sister, Sheila. Regina is busy working the night shift, and her two children are home alone free to do as they please. Pooney's best friend, Tony, persuades him to join Deuce-Nine Crips, a local gang. Pooney joins and immediately loves his newfound family.
He becomes a baller as soon as he is jumped into the gang and has money, women, a nice car and gains much respect from the other members. After a while Pooney's gang activities begin to interfere with his education, but this doesn't stop him from continuing to gang bang. After several incidents, Pooney realizes gang life isn't for him, not to mention one of the highest ranking gang members is showing an interest in Sheila, Pooney's little sister. Pooney has a decision to make: does he continue to be a soldier in the gang? After all, when you join you are in for life and getting out won't be easy. Or will he be another type of soldier and do the right thing by getting out, no matter how hard it will be, and focus on school, football and normal teenage activities?
Rochan Morgan's debut novel, GANGSTA LEAN, is a compelling and heart-wrenching story of self-discovery. Pooney is a young man who loves his mom and sister dearly and doesn't want to do anything to hurt them. It is his heart and sensitivity that draws me to him. He just gets caught up in gang life and ultimately realizes there is more to life than gang banging. What I enjoyed most was that the characters were very well developed and loveable. Anyone would be able to relate to the Richards family. If you are looking for a touching story of a young man coming to grips with who he is, then GANGSTA LEAN is the book for you.
Reviewed by Eraina B. Tinnin
of The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
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