Quiet, unassuming Marlon can’t believe it when the hottest girl in school picks him as her date to the fair. It’s too good to be true.
But when a mysterious tragedy strikes, Marlon is determined to reveal the chain that links him to the criminal underworld. He starts getting the wrong sort of attention, as investigations tangle him into a web of gangs.
Mystery, intrigue and a big cast of dangerous characters give this gritty thriller a sophisticated edge within the YA genre. It’s a tightly woven plot with revenge at its core. Urban settings, street language and sensitively drawn situations make this a thoughtful and diverse read.
The dangerous reality of drug pushing and youths being forced into dealing is an important topic, but Lawrence hasn’t set out to preach to a society that needs warning. She’s simply written a pacey crime thriller that feels unique, realistic and truthful.