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The main character of this book is a teenager named Eric Samson.
The main character of this book is a teenager named Eric Samson. But he goes around by the name Harlem Hustle or Double H. It begins with Hustle trying to get into the Harlem hustle lifestyle. Hustle goes around selling merchandise and going into clothing stores shoplifting once when eyes were lifted off of him. Hustle meanwhile was about to get into a fight with three girls who were coming at Hustle like a pack of pit bulls, and a detective had to break it up. Meanwhile, Hustle runs into this girl he has been liking for a long time named Jeannette Simpson and he asks for her number, she didn’t get it to him because she didn’t hear him at the last minute. Hustle got pick pocketed by these two twin girls in the subway and was livid after finding out his chain was taken. Hustle and his friend Ride went into a club where a popular rapper named “Pranksta” was at, and he gave Hustle an opportunity to meet up with the record label owner. Later on, in the same day, Hustle meets Jeannette again, but this time at Harlemites, and they begin to talk to each other.
Jeannette doesn’t want to show hustle any sign that she likes him because she thinks that if she doesn’t show any sign, then he would become a good guy. Hustle meets up with the record label owner Tony Motta and they begin to talk about making a deal with the record label. Hustle talks about how everything that happened to him doesn’t meet up with the other and he doesn’t get why it doesn’t. Hustle goes and meets Jeannette’s grandmother, and his first impression wasn’t living up to Jeannette’s grand mom expectations. What made it bad was the rap “Backseat Shorty” he rapped to her grand mom that made her so mad that she was thinking he was just trying to use Jeannette. Later, the next day Hustle and Jeannette have a conversation about Hustle’s label signing situation, and Hustle is not happy about what Tony Motta did to him, mentally and physically.
Hustle looks for some help some friends who have people in the music game and he goes to Spencer also known as “Suspense”. He asks Spence if he could get a favor from his dad because Tony Motta ripped him off. Spence’s dad gave Hustle a 3,000 dollar check and when Hustle left, he told Spence that there are so many more black teens who are good as Hustle was at rapping. Hustle meets up with his probation officer who asks Hustle every time they meet up, has he been staying out of trouble, and Hustle responds the same thing every time by saying yes. Jeannette’s grandmother gives hustle a book on all of the old rappers who were good and didn’t use negative phrases all the time. Hustle gives his mom his check so that she can cash it in at her bank into her bank account. Hustle took Jeannette and her grandmother to a poetry event and he gave a positive poetry to the audience, and everybody liked it. Hustle goes to the “Slammin Slummers” event at Street Sage Academy, and performs his rap and receives a loud applause from the audience again.
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Posted March 27, 2007
Eric Samson aka Harlem Hustle is a young black high school dropout who has been in and out of jail for due to petty theft.Eric has dreams of becoming a big time rapper and has some hard choices to make about his life. Along the way Eric meets a girl who isn't really that excited about him being a dropout but likes him alot and gives him a chance. throughout the book Harlem is faced with life changing decisions that can open up the eyes of a lot of teenagers.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.