I would like to start off by saying to all of my associated content readers. I am back once again bringing you another African American reading group suggestion.(This is not only subjected to African American readers, viewers, or reading groups.) My previous given reading group suggestion was a book called The Upper Room by Mary Monroe, that I as well as my reading group read and truly enjoyed. This time I am suggesting a fiction Urban Tale by an Essence Bestselling Author named K’WAN. The Urban fiction tale is named Hood Rat. Now my reading group as of yet has not read the book Hood Rat, but I have taken the liberty of reading it all on my own and I will soon share it with my reading group. Anyone who knows me can tell you that I am an extremely peaceful and sincere person. Therefore my life is not filled, surrounded by, or with negative people, events, or circumstances. So the only time I get or deal with a taste of drama is when I read it in juicy literature and Hood Rat is filled with lots of it and then some. I must say that I enjoyed the book but I do not like the fact that a lot of or most people who read this book will get the impression, or have the perception that all women from Urban areas or the hood(if you will) are like the women in this book and that is completely untrue. It does not speak of those of us who are brilliant and on a positive path, but then again I guess its not suppose to since its titled Hood Rat (it is suppose to talk about hood rats.)So I suppose it should be read with a light heart.
A Little Bit About The Author K’WAN:
K’WAN is known for his Urban Tales or Urban Literature. These Urban Tales include the books Eve, Hoodlum, Street Dreams, Gangsta, Road Dawgz, and of course Hood Rat. He has been featured in King Magazine, New York Press, MTV, and Big News. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. There he is hard at work on his next novel. You can visit K’WAN at www.kwanfoye.com
Detailing on The Back of The Book:
K’WAN’S Definition of A Hood Rat=(n)A woman of questionable reputes; one who has been known to “get around in the hood.”
Describing Character – Yoshi is young, fine, and larcenous. She lives her life playing men’s hearts as well as their pockets, looking for the ultimate come up she learns that everything that glitters isn’t gold.
Billy, a former high school basketball star, is at the end of her rope with the opposite sex. To her, all men are dogs, so she secretly seeks comfort in the arms of women. As far as she is concerned, all a man can do for her is keep his distance, until she meets one who makes her reevaluate her feelings.
Reese is an around-the-way chick, trying to keep up with the Joneses. There’s a revolving door in her bedroom as she tries to find the love she always felt was missing. Her promiscuity lands her in the GYN clinic, pregnant from a one night stand. With a baby on the way and no idea what she’ll do to support it Reese is faced with the task of breaking an age old cycle, passed from mother to daughter in her family, and standing on her own.
Rhonda is twenty-something with three kids, by three men, and riding the system all the way to the bank. To her work is a dirty word and something she’ll never have to worry about in this lifetime. Between the multiple checks she gets from the government and the games she plays with men, she’s living the life of a ghetto superstar. But the game soon turns ugly when one of her sponsors snaps and decides to get some payback.
Harlem has never seen four friends as scandalous as these. The neighborhood will never be the same again.
Praise For K’WAN:
“In this juicy hard-hitting hip hop romp, K’wan paints an almost too raw black-and-white portrait of a banging little Harlem outlaw… [The story features] a heart-stopping opportunity for revenge and a thrilling conclusion.”
-Publishers Weekly on Eve
“With gritty settings and authentic action, the reader is easily caught up in the journey of a man engulfed in a world that forces him to step his game up”
-The Source on Hoodlum