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Lisa Lennox transports readers to the heart of the crack era—the South Bronx, New York City, 1989.

In the late 1980s and early 90s, the crack epidemic swept through inner city communities like the plague. Mothers abandoned their children and took to the street for a hit. Fathers sold everything they owned to get a taste. The crackhead was rampant. Some neighborhoods were never the same.

Enter Laci Johnson, a beautiful, smart, privileged teenage...

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Overview

Lisa Lennox transports readers to the heart of the crack era—the South Bronx, New York City, 1989.

In the late 1980s and early 90s, the crack epidemic swept through inner city communities like the plague. Mothers abandoned their children and took to the street for a hit. Fathers sold everything they owned to get a taste. The crackhead was rampant. Some neighborhoods were never the same.

Enter Laci Johnson, a beautiful, smart, privileged teenage girl from across town, who teams up with The South Bronx Bitches—an infamous girl group known for chasing men and money. When the SBB becomes envious of Laci they devise a plan to destroy her life.

Finding love in the most unexpected of places, Laci turns to a local drug dealer to help save her and heal the wounds of her new addiction.

Through Laci and a host of entertaining characters, Crackhead vividly captures the essence of an era and the devastating, sometimes fatal consequences of addiction.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451661736
  • Publisher: Atria Books
  • Publication date: 3/20/2012
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 421,159
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 8.06 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Lennox is a pseudonym for a bestselling author.

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INTRODUCTION

Roll Call

THE LAST FEW students stumbled into Mr. Giencanna’s Introduction to Philosophy class like zombies. It was only 9:30 a.m.—still too goddamn early in the morning to be trying to philosophize over some shit. No one felt like being there. Unfortunately, taking this class, not to mention dealing with Mr. Giencanna, was a necessary evil. Mr. Giencanna was one of those teachers that taught a little bit of everything, and no matter what, all students would cross his path sooner or later.

Standing at the front of the room, staring mercilessly at the students, Mr. Giencanna stood in his usual hard-ass stance. He had been a counselor at a boy’s home in New York City before becoming a teacher. The children there were violent and hardened, and the staff treated them as such. Now, Mr. Giencanna displayed that same attitude with his current students.

Observing the angry mob of young adults, who seemed more pissed off about learning than being grateful for it, Mr. Giencanna shook his head. “Look at you all,” he said with disgust. “Not one enthusiastic face in here eager to feed his or her mind. If you don’t feed your mind, then how are you going to feed your belly when it comes time to survive on your own?” The room was filled with blank faces, and there was no response. “Mark my words,” he continued, “without knowledge you’re all bound for the welfare line or the penitentiary.” Nobody was trying to hear him, and he proceeded with the daily roll call.

“Mr. Jason Abbott?” Mr. Giencanna called out, fixing his glasses on his hawklike nose.

“Here,” a young man in the rear spoke up.

“Casey Bernard?”

“Right here,” said another male’s voice.

“Miss Natalie Farmer?”

This time there was no reply.

“Natalie Farmer?” he repeated.

A young man wearing a blue and gray varsity jacket nudged Natalie, who was at her desk, dozing off.

“What?” she said sleepily, and with an attitude.

He nodded toward their instructor. “Roll call. That’s what,” he replied.

“I’m here, Mr. Giencanna, sir,” Natalie said, wiping around her mouth.

“Stay with us, please, Miss Farmer,” said Mr. Giencanna. Although he phrased it like a request, Natalie knew by his stern tone and the piercing look in his eyes that it was, without a doubt, an order.

Mr. Giencanna cleared his throat and continued. “Miss Julacia Johnson?”

Once again there was no reply. The classroom was silent as everyone looked around to see if there was another nodding student somewhere. Everyone appeared to be wide awake.

“Perhaps we have another sleeping beauty amongst us,” Mr. Giencanna said sarcastically. “Is there a Miss Julacia Johnson present?”

Still there was no reply.

“Julacia Johnson?” he repeated, very much irritated this time. The silence remained.

The welfare line or the penitentiary, he thought as he prepared to call the next name.

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  • Posted April 24, 2010

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    very entertaining

    It was very entertaining. For anyone whoever felt like an outsider and just wanted to fit in with the in crowd this is a must read. The treachery and deceit by so called friends will have you wondering what on earth! This book will keep you pulsating to read pt.2

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2007

    Who should we be beware of -- friends or enemies?

    Friends and enemy: Does it have the same meaning? with two different words. During high school pure preasure played a big role in my life, and when i read this book, it was like a flashback fo me. Luci was more like an role model than an evil, till her relationship with her friends got deeper. For a love relationship dissing a friends like your own sisters woulde be hard for me but it wasn't for Luci. To be a backstabber, Luci must have a cold heart. This charater's emotions, actions are related more to todays teenage life, from my teenage experience.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2013

    Devotion

    Well readers, I really haven't heard of this authority before. But I will tell you that this book right herr, is awesome, I'm somewhat mad at myself for nor getting to it sooner. Although, I'm about to press buy for then new Crackhead 2, I do hope it's all good just like this one,

    Devotion132

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2012

    Drama!!!

    A very good read with a dramatic ending..!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2012

    Good read!

    I really liked the book, it was well put together.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2011

    just curious

    aye ain't lisa lennox the name red, from dirty red gave the publishing company to put bacon's book under so im just curious is lisa lennox a real person or not

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  • Posted September 5, 2009

    Awesome

    Great Book. I wasnt expecting the book to be that good. Now im on part two and the beginnind is good.

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  • Posted November 16, 2008

    HAHA!! I NEVER LAUGHED SO HARD

    This book was a hot mess. This was terribly written. The plot made no sense. I can't believe people actually like this crap. It gave me a good laugh and further proved to me how some people are able to still get published with no talent whatsoever.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2007

    Truthful

    I'm 15, and i got this book yesterday for my b-day and finished it today! It was so good because Lisa Lennox was tellin it like it was! The book was so real because I see it everyday! I LUV this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2007

    The truth about friends

    How would you feel if your friends befriended you? Laci was living the high life style compare to her friends.Her friends didnt have parents to give them any thing, so they had to get money from other men.Laci's friends was so tried of how better Laci's life was compared to them,so they did the unthinkable!This outstanding book shows how jealousy gets in the way of friendship.living in the crack era, laci's life would go for a real twist!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2007

    My after thoughts

    Cliff the stiff You¿re after thoughts The novel CrackHead has left me with serious after thoughts. How did such a high class girl get caught up in the streets smoking weed? Her so called friends attempted to destroy everything about her. How do you know if someone is really your friend or not? How hard was it to pick up where she left off in her life? Find out how hard life can be when the best becomes the worst.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2007

    all and all the book was good

    i have to say since i'm a little older than most of the people reading this book, it was a little hard for me to get into at first. but after reading a little farther it held my attention. i think more young people should read this book and take from it to have your own mind. don't let so called friends talk you into doing things you know in your heart is wrong. because if they were true friends they wouldn't guide you wrong. this was a really good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2006

    A true romance

    This book is one of the best I have every read.This novel fills you with lots of emotion. I could not stop reading It's just as adicting as crack.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2006

    must read

    ive red this book and it really hit home, i think that everyone should enjoy this read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2006

    Good Book

    I felt so sorry for Laci. Its a shame that people can hate on you that much! I am glad she got her man at the end and that he was willing to step up in life and take care of her. It was a very good book! I recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2006

    Addicted to it!

    this book was crazy! loved it i felt like there should have been more at the end but it all turned out to be good. This book really made me belive that when a man sees you at your worst and still loves you for who you are he will really respect you at your best. Good read, couldn't stop

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2006

    OUTSTANDING BOOK

    This book was off da hook. I shows us how you can't trust nobody.I believe Crystal and her SBB girls,got what they truly deserved and that's that. I loved the ending part of the book it was definetly worth reading.Page Turner for sure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2005

    Grimey!!!!!!!!!!

    This book was based on some grimey people.All the girls from Laci's click did not have to do her like that, jealousy was not caused for. Thank God her mother,uncle, and Dink loved and cared about her because I don't know where she would have ended up.All and all that was a good book, like the people say a must read. That was a bad way for her to lose her virginity!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2005

    A good book

    At first when I opened the book it didnt seem to interesting.. but I didnt stop reading it. The book was good. The females that Laci thought was her friend was jealous and they did her wrong, she was hooked on crack. But for her 2 be like that Dink still wanted her.But I aint finna tell the whole book,if u dont have it u should read it.. Teenage girls should also read. The one who u think is ur friend really dont be.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2005

    Good Book

    I cant believe that her friends were that jeolous of her they considered getting her hooked on drugs was a joke. I am glad she received help in the end and also Dink in the end. I am also glad it ended w/her and Dink going to college and bettering themselves. Good Book... read it in 1 day

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