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Section 8: A Hood Rat Novel by K'wan

Section 8: A Hood Rat Novel

by K'wan

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I listened to the audio version of this book. I'm stifled with my commentary on this book. It was okay. It wasn't good and it wasn't bad. I stopped listening to it last week because of the language and it felt all over the place. The second half came together and was much better than the first. It was predictable. It's a story that you've heard and read over and over again. The name of the book "Section 8" only really comes into play on the last couple of pages. I don't get the title. It really doesn't seem to fit. Anyway, I'm done with it and wont revisit it. ( )
  Sunflower38 | Apr 11, 2013 |
OMG i hated this book ( )
  iltr | Jan 25, 2012 |
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LIFE ON THE STREETS is no pretty thing; it is ravaged with violence, drugs, disease, death and sex. Make no mistake, Section 8 is raw and gritty like the hood it depicts with a tragic and triumphant ending that rings true for far too many young males that claim the hood as their mother and resting place.

You will not be able to put this book down; the prose carries you along like a leaf caught by a strong wind, forceful and gripping, and you have no choice but to continue on the ride. If you're looking for sunshine, rainbows and a pot of gold this book is not for you. If however gangsta rap doesn't make you squirm and you tout Scarface and Boyz In The Hood as your favorite movies, Section 8 will grip you like a lover who done you wrong but you can't break free from.

Tionna has two kids and her man's in jail. Consequently she returns to the hood that she once left behind and has to maneuver the streets to work in her favor and to maintain her lifestyle, is she successful? Animal is a crazy cat but he is calm, a prolific reader, intelligent, street smart and can rhyme. Will he find his end in the streets or will his way with words offer him an escape?

In spite of the drugs, violence and sex in Section 8, the book offers a not too obvious morale that demonstrates how a street mentality can wipe out the future of young and promising boys and girls when they aren't offered nor accept an escape.

However, the problem with Section 8 is that there are too many characters and the plot is confusing. Furthermore, it is difficult to determine who is the main character. While the back cover of the book seems to favor Tionna as the main character, I would argue that it's Animal. In addition, Section 8 seems to lack a "unifier," something that would help to tie all the characters and plot together; an obvious premise, theme or symbol that would help readers make sense of the book.

Nonetheless, this book will grab you and keep you seated until you've reached the end; as the prose, wit and naughtiness of the novel is captivating. ( )
  lyricalconversations | Feb 15, 2010 |
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I couldn't really get passed the sex metaphors at the first. Others will probably like this book, but it wasn't for me.
  knm | Dec 10, 2009 |
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Definitely an adult-oriented book (sex, vulgar language). I did like the book, although it was hard to read at times. It's hard to imagine what others lives are like and this really opens your eyes to that world. It's not an easy read, so be warned before you read it! ( )
  js1997 | Nov 7, 2009 |
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Since she was a little girl, Tionna's on and off addicted mother taught her to get hers by any means necessary. Tionna's heart is as cold as a December chill, but she holds a warm place in it for Duhan, the father of her two sons, and her on-again-off-again boyfriend since they were teenagers. Duhan becomes her knight in shining armor until the government turns their dream into a nightmare. With Duhan behind bars and everything she loves seized she finds herself starting over in the same neighborhood she swore she'd never come back to.

With two kids, a man in prison and no back up plan, Tionna is once again living by her wits in order to maintain the lifestyle she'd become so accustomed to. Back in the thick of things with her best friends Gucci, Boots and Tracy, she finds herself rediscovering her old life and suddenly begins to wonder if she's really cut out to be a prisoner's wife.

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Tionna learned from her on-and-off addicted mother how to live by her wits. Now, forced to start over in the same neighborhood she swore she'd never go back to, with her on-again/off-again boyfriend and father of her two sons in jail and everything seized by the government, she rediscovers her old life and wonders if she's cut out to be a prisoner's wife.… (more)

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