The Lure by Lynne Ewing
This quick-reading Urban Drama tells the story of fifteen-year-old Blaise, who lives in the dangerous neighborhood of Washington, DC, where gunshots and gangbanging is the norm rather than what the kids avoid. Blaise is jumped in to the Core 9 gang, against the advice of her two best guy friends who are already in it. They know that the leader Trek wants to make her a “lure,” to attract rival gang members to get revenge. Although Blaise is wary, she can’t resist the power and money that being a lure brings her, but eventually she is forced to face some agonizing decisions.
This book is a decent example of Urban Drama and I think fans will like it. The narrative is fast, with lots going on and feels fairly realistic. I would recommend it to fans of the Bluford High series and readers who like Nini Simone and L. Divine books.