8 Ball Chicks: A Year in The Violent World of Girl Gangsters

8 Ball Chicks: A Year in The Violent World of Girl Gangsters

by Gini Sikes, Sikes

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Overview

Dismissed by the police as mere adjuncts to or gofers for male gangs, girl gang members are in fact often as emotionally closed off and dangerous as their male counterparts. Carrying razor blades in their mouths and guns in their jackets for defense, they initiate drive-by shootings, carry out car jackings, stomp outsiders who stumble onto or dare to enter the neighborhood, viciously retaliate against other gangs and ferociously guard their home turf.

But Sikes also captures the differences that distinguish girl gangs-abortion, teen pregnancy and teen motherhood, endless beatings and the humiliation of being forced to have sex with a lineup of male gangbangers during initiation, haphazardly raising kids in a household of drugs and guns with a part-time boyfriend off gangbanging himself. Veteran journalist Gini Sikes spends a year in the ghettos following the lives of several key gang members in South Central Los Angeles, San Antonio, and Milwaukee. In 8 Ball Chicks, we discover the fear and desperate desire for respect and status that drive girls into gangs in the first place--and the dreams and ambitions that occasionally help them to escape the catch-22 of their existence.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385474320
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/20/1998
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 592,689
Product dimensions: 5.21(w) x 7.95(h) x 0.76(d)

About the Author

Gini Sikes, a former senior writer at Mademoiselle, was a producer for PBS's national weekly series on urban teenagers, "In the Mix." She has written about youth culture and crime for The Washington Post, Glamour, Vibe, Mirabella, and MTV.  She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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8 Ball Chicks: A Year in The Violent World of Girl Gangsters 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
CapeCodMichelle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There isn't much done on female gang members so if you need to do some research on the topic. This is your source.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book shows the life for girls in the streets these days. It is good to finally see a book about something real. As a girl gangmember also it is important for people in this society to understand how life is for us. That we don't always choose this, but we have to live with it. I wish she would write another one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVE THIS BOOK. ITS SAD THOUGH.IT TELLS U THE TRUTH. EVEN THOUGH I'M ONLYON PG. 60 I NO THIS BOOK IS GONNA B GOOD BECUZ IT STARTED OUT GOOD. I HIGHLY RECOMMED THIS BOOK.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally! A book that provides information on women gangs. As a sociology major, I wanted to find a book that would really stimulate my mind and make me think. This book is definitely a must-read! :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
i think the author didn't reaaly know what she was talking about.i'm a girl and i gangbang in oxnard and i fell offended by this book because the author makes homegirls like myself look scanless.And it's not even like that.you don't get into the neighborhood by spending the night with all the homies you get jumped in either by girls or guys.i just think that the author should have spend a year with real gangsters not fake wannabees
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. Gini Sikes takes a real look at the life of gang girls. She does a great job of expressing the pain of the lives they live. I wish she would write more books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK WAS GREAT!!!!!!!I READ IT IN THREE DAYS BECAUSE I COULDNT PUT IT DOWN FOR ONE MINUTE! IT MAKES YOU REALLY VALUE LIFE BECAUSE A LOT OF GIRLS LIKE THESE DONT GET TO MANY CHANCES TO ENJOY LIFE! AND THERE IS A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT DON'T KNOW THE GANGSTERS WORLD AND THEY CRITISIZE THESE GIRL'S WHEN THEY DON'T EVEN KNOW THERE WORLD AND IT'S A SAD ONE!!