An astonishing new voice in teen literature, writing what is sure to be one of the most talked-about debuts of the year.
Tyrell is a young African-American teen who can't get a break. He's
living (for now) with his spaced-out mother and little brother in a
homeless shelter. His father's in jail.
His girlfriend supports him, but
he doesn't feel good enough for her -- and seems to be always on the
verge of doing the wrong thing around her. There's another girl at the
homeless shelter who is also after him, although the desires there are
complicated. Tyrell feels he needs to score some money to make things
better. Will he end up following in his father's footsteps?