Alan Lawrence Sitomer
Hyperion Paperbacks, 2007, 283pp., $8.99
When Theodore Anderson's (or Teddy as everyone knows him in the hood) fourteen year old little sister Tina is gunned down in a drive-by caused by a gang named the 0.1.0's, Teddy's only goal then becomes getting revenge on the gangstas that broke his family apart. Teddy's first plan fails and he's arrested with homicide charges. They release Teddy early from jail, but he has to complete a probation program that consists in mentoring a twelve year old gangster wannabe named Micah. Teddy takes Micah for granted and focuses on his ambition for revenge, but he doesn't notice that Micah could be the answer to all his problems.
When I read this book it took me to its own world. I could visualize the scenes perfectly in my mind. I was living Teddy's life. My heart felt Teddy's sadness and thirst for revenge. Sitomer does a great job in this book. The thing that impressed me the most is the language he applies in his writing because it's so accurate to the language of the streets.
I personally recommend this novel to all those young teenagers who love stories of revenge, fights, blood and action. This book also shows two very important things in life: friends and family. This book sets a great example in how even in the dark streets of the hood the only things that are unbeatable are family unity and true, sincere friendship.
Homeboyz is one of Alan Sitomer's greatest, dramatic books I've read yet.