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Two The Hard Way by [Hunter, Travis]
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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

About the Author

Travis Hunter, named Author of the Year in 2003 by readers of the Atlanta Daily World, is the author of Something to Die For, The Hearts of Men, Married but Still Looking, Trouble Man, and A One Woman Man. Hunter lives in Atlanta. Visit his website at www.travishunter.com.

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  • File Size: 863 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; 1 edition (July 26, 2010)
  • Publication Date: August 1, 2010
  • Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003IYI7CS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #700,921 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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!!

Reviewed by Sharon Lewis
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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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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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I love the book, a good read for our youth and adults. I also love that Priest Dupree showed up to help settle things as well. Good Work Mr. Travis Hunter
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