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Street Loveby Walter Dean Myers
Synopses & Reviews
A story of star-crossed urban love by two–time National Book Award finalist Walter Dean Myers.
Have you ever loved someone from the wrong side of the tracks? Damien has everything going for him. His family wants him to date Roxanne. He falls for Junice, whose life is totally messed up. But Junice tells him that he's the one who needs the reality check.
Sometimes the greatest obstacle to finding true love is ourselves.
Harlem meets Shakespeare in this fresh, original free-verse novel by Michael L. Printz.
"Myers's (Monster) compellingly readable novel in verse unfolds through an array of characters, all linked by Damien Battle and Junice Ambers — who both live in Harlem but come from very different worlds. Damien has been accepted to Brown University; Junice's mother has been sentenced to 25 years for possession and drug dealing. A pair of early rap poems set up a rivalry between Damien and Sledge (whose 'crew... wore their colors'), and also Damien's fascination with a 'beauty' who 'walks darkly, as if her mind weighs down/ Her steps,' later revealed to be Junice. Myers crafts some memorable moments here, as when Junice describes her mother ('She gave freely/ To those in need, or to those who, like/ Her, were broken, and needed a fix') or when Miss Ruby, Junice's grandmother, expresses grief for her convicted daughter in a blues poem ('Yeah, it's hard, baby/ It's hard right down to the bone/ I said Oh, it's hard baby/ It's hard right down to the very bone/ It's hard when you're a woman/ And you find yourself all alone') and the banter between Damien and a buddy. Yet some readers may wish for a deeper understanding of what draws Damien to Junice, and why he risks his own family's upheaval and his future at Brown for this new romance. Though both Damien and Junice come off as sympathetic characters, their attraction to each other remains a mystery. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
Critically acclaimed and bestselling author Walter Dean Myers has garnered much respect and admiration for his fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for young people. Winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award for Monster, and five Coretta Scott King Awards, recipient of two Newbery Honors, and a National Book Award finalist for Autobiography of My Dead Brother, he is considered one of the preeminent writers for children. He lives in Jersey City, NJ.
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