Growing Painsby Dwayne S. Joseph
Dwayne S. Joseph's talents shine in this compelling coming-of-age novel about seventeen-year-old Brian Moore, who seems to be a "bad kid" thanks to his friends, but who's also struggling to escape the streets. Despite the straight A's Brian gets in school, there's still plenty of trouble swirling around him all the time, threatening to drag him down into it. Brian has no father and his mother, Deahnna, works two jobs so she's never around. His teacher, Jawan White, came from the same streets as Brian, and he knows there's more in Brian's future than being a thug, but his constant lecturing isn't helping matters any. But when Jawan falls for Deahnna, and Brian's girlfriend learns she's pregnant—that's when the real drama begins.
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Although the book was somewhat predictable it was a page turner that held my interest. I enjoyed how the book unfolded and how everyone lives continued on after the tribulations that occured.
My First Reaction When I Finished: Wow! What a page turner! I was so surprised at all of the action at the end! My Review: Brian was really a smart kid, but he hung with the wrong crowd. They are out to do things to make money, and Brian is really having a bad feeling about what they are planning to do. It really goes against who he is, but then his girlfriend Carla tells him something unexpected. Suddenly, he just doesn't know which way to go with it. Even though he knows what they are doing is wrong and will really hurt someone he has known a long time, the money is just looking so good. Does he do what is right, or does money rule his decision? Jawan was such a dedicated teacher and he really wanted to help Brian out. He reminded him of his nephew that he lost. He really wants to make a difference in kids lives, and Brian just really seems like he could use his guidance since he does not have any kind of male role model. Brian's mother tries to do everything she can to bring Brian up the right way, even if it means keeping her past relationship troubles to herself. She also works as hard as she can to support them, but she has a secret of her own. I've read most of Dwayne Joseph's books, and each one keeps getting better! I see more growth in his writing every time a new book comes out! His novels are becoming less about relationship drama and more about real life issues that really hit home for some people. This book was a very quick read for me and kept me turning the pages faster as I got closer to the end. I was very impressed with this book!