By: Patrice Lawrence
Location: FIC LAW
Genre: young adult- contemporary
5 Words: Family, death, friendship, gangs, drugs.
has promised his widowed mum that he'll be good, and nothing like his
gang-leader brother Andre. It's easy when you keep yourself to yourself,
listening to your dead dad's Earth, Wind and Fire albums and watching
sci-fi. But everything changes when Marlon's first date with the
beautiful Sonya ends in tragedy; he becomes a hunted man and he has no
idea why. With his dad dead and his brother helpless, Marlon has little
choice but to enter Andre's old world of guns, knives and drug runs in
order to uncover the truth and protect those close to him. It's time to
fight to be the last man standing.
know you're onto a good thing when you connect with a character from
the first page: you hear his voice. That is how I felt reading Marlon's
story. Such a nice lad, full of good intentions and normal teenage
hormones, he is lead down a path which he knows is wrong but is so
desperate to protect those close to him.
The story is face paced,
full of emotion and times when you're screaming inside 'No Marlon,
don't do it!' Yet there is humour too, some laugh out loud moments -
I'll forever remember Marlon when I am chopping onions...
books are supposed to open windows and this one did just that - a window
to another community in East London, a window revealing the pressures
under which black teenage boys live, gang culture and its consequences
on family life"- Natalie