THE WORLD IS MINE by Lyah B.  LeFlore

THE WORLD IS MINE

Age Range: 14 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

Overstuffed with dull interconnecting plots and marred by tone-deaf dialogue, this series opener should nonetheless find an enthusiastic fan base among readers who like their teen drama with just a twist of urban grit. Blue and Collin, best friends at Silver Spring (Md.) High, dream of founding their own entertainment empire, à la Russell Simmons, and think they've found their first stars: rap prodigy Young Tre and innovative DJ Mamie, who also attends SSH. Rounding out their crew are Whiteboy, a former gangbanger with a tragic back story and considerable skills as an artist in many media (including tattoos), and Jada, Mamie’s academically driven best friend and Blue’s love interest. Predictably, conflicts arise at a party Blue and Collin host at a hot club, as the teens clash with authority figures, Blue betrays Mamie's trust and Whiteboy, despite his best efforts, cannot escape his ties to the streets. References to President Obama’s recent election, Facebook and MySpace will age poorly, and only Whiteboy, Young Tre and Mamie inspire interest or sympathy. Worth reading only as a gateway to Coe Booth’s superior Tyrell (2006) and Kendra (2008). (Fiction. YA)

Pub Date: Dec. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-4169-9231-8
Page count: 288pp
Publisher: Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 2009




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