Retaliation by Yasmin Shiraz
This short novel will surely be a favorite of our Urban Drama fans. It tells the story of two weeks in the life of Tashera, who is jumped by three girls on her way home from school in Washington, DC. After the seventeen year old ends up in the hospital, her mother and brother Kahlil (a wheelchair-bound former gang member) swear vengeance, no matter what Tashera wants. As the story unfolds, we realize the attack wasn’t as random as the family originally thought. Somehow Tashera’s boyfriend Ahmed and his ex-girlfriend seem to be involved. And Kahlil is getting his former gang associates to listen to him, as he feels the Deuce Tres crew is being disrespected by this attack.
This book is a roller coaster ride, one event spilling over into another, but there is never a dull moment. I read it in one sitting, and imagine many teens will do the same.