Publisher synopsis: Fifteen-year-old Theo isn’t looking for trouble, but when he and his friends witness a brutal attack on Ricky-Ricky, an innocent boy who doesn’t know better than to walk right up to the most vicious gang leader around, he’s in trouble for real. And in this neighborhood, everything is at stake. In a poignant, unflinching novel of survival told largely in street dialect, e.E. Charlton-Trujillo enters the lives of teenagers coming of age in the face of spiraling violence among gangs, by police, and at home.
"Nah. I ain't running. I didn't do nuthin'. I
try to help him, Trejo.
Trejo held his quiet.
"Killin' Ricky-Ricky got heat. Big joe...he's
looking to rage. he don't get out for a couple weeks,
but when he step, he gonna step hard. your brother
crossed the line."
"You think Big Joe come after me?" I ask.
I adored Fat Angie and already adore this. Both are tough to read though. The hurt is raw and palpable.