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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (159 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sheneska Jackson Narrator: Dion Graham, Peter Francis James, Kim Staunton Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2016 ISBN: 9781456122737
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Meet Jazmine Deems: she’s twenty-six, steppin’ out from under her overprotective preacher father, and determined to escape the streets of South Central and realize her dream of making it in the music business.

Meet X-Man: he’s embroiled in the violence of the streets, and seems destined for a life spent hangin’ with his homies—until his talent as a rapper attracts the attention of a big-time record producer.

Fate brings Jazmine and X-Man together as promising young stars for the same record company. They thrive on the excitement of their new careers and passionate love, until a power-hungry executive pits them against each other, jeopardizing both their musical careers and romantic future.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Jackson portrays the frailties and frustrations of South-Central L.A.‘s residents with more compassion than subtlety. Her effort to tell a Cinderella story while retaining an attitude of hip-hop street credibility results…in an engaging and up-to-date sudser.”

    Publisher’s Weekly

  • “Jackson offers an insightful look at the street life, loyalty, and ties of the hood. Peppered with profanity that realistically reflects the characters’ speech, this book is a bold, often humorous tale of two young people persevering against the odds, and the potential in everyone to rise above their beginnings, carve out a future, and fulfill their dreams.”

    School Library Journal

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annette | 3/9/2012

    " Ive read this novel over 20x and I can never get enough! best book by sheneska in my opinion "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lashonta | 2/1/2012

    " Now this book was actually good by sheneska. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheritta Michelle | 8/7/2011

    " Excellent first novel. Clever writing and very engaging. A MUST read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheritta | 3/30/2010

    " Excellent first novel. Clever writing and very engaging. A MUST read! "

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About the Author

Sheneska Jackson was born in South Central Los Angeles and currently lives in the San Fernando Valley. She teaches fiction writing for UCLA’s extension program.

About the Narrators

Dion Graham, from HBO’s The Wire, also narrates The First 48 on A&E. Winner of more than a dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, he has performed on Broadway, off Broadway, internationally, in films, and in several hit television series. His performances have been praised as thoughtful and compelling, vivid and full of life.

Chinua Achebe (1930–2013) was a prominent Nigerian writer who is famous for his novels describing the effects of Western customs and values on traditional African society. His satire and keen ear for spoken language made him one of the most highly esteemed African writers in English. He published novels, essay collections, poetry, short stories, and juvenile fiction. Among his works are Things Fall Apart, Anthills of the Savannah, A Man of the People, Arrow of God, and the notable collections Morning Yet on Creation Day and Hopes and Impediments. A recipient of the Man Booker International Prize, he was the Charles P. Stevenson Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.

Kim Staunton is an audiobook narrator and actress known for her performances in Heat, One Life to Live, Changing Lanes, and Law & Order. She is a graduate of the Juilliard School.