More Boy Than Girl

More Boy Than Girl

by Tony Lindsay



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ISBN-13: 9781599970073
Publisher: Penknife Press
Publication date: 01/24/2011
Pages: 140
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.33(d)

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More Boy Than Girl 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
LisaLynne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
More Boy Than Girl by Tony Lindsay is the story of a young woman who reaches out and takes what she wants ¿ even if it isn¿t hers. Dai Break Jones pushes her way into a man¿s role and demands respect from those around her. It helps that she comes from a position of privilege as the daughter of a major crime figure, but she is tough and smart and fearless. Being a little less fearless might have done her some good.This is a short book, only 130 pages,and Dai Break tells her own story. She has a maddening habit of talking about herself in the third person ¿ this pimp, this thug. At first it was confusing; later it was a little annoying, but the language lends an air of authenticity to the book. It¿s written in the grammar of the streets, which drives my inner copy editor crazy, but it makes sense in context.Dai Break is a lesbian. She talks about being 10 years old and wanting to be a girl¿s boyfriend. She dresses as a man (she wore Fruit of the Loom briefs to her first gynecological exam), she acts like a man and apparently her cohorts think of her as a man. She describes herself as a ¿stud broad,¿ a pretty interesting term, and she gets violent when she thinks she is being disrespected.This is really the story of life as a gang banger, told from Dai Break¿s very interesting perspective. I don¿t know enough about the inner workings of a major gang to speak to its authenticity, but it seemed real enough to suspend my disbelief. It¿s a hard, brutal world, but there is also friendship and loyalty in her life.As you¿d expect, there is plenty of violence and raw sex in the book, but I didn¿t think it was over the top. It was a fairly engaging story, mostly because of Dai Break, which kept me reading. I found the ending a disappointment ¿ a little too convenient ¿ but all in all, not a bad read, but definitely not for every taste.
Grady1GH More than 1 year ago
Tony Lindsay has that rare ability to write a full novel in the vernacular - without losing his audience for a moment. Often writers insert moments of down and dirty street language to make a point but then leave it for 'regular prose' to emphasize the unique aspects of 'mimicking' those islands of gritty reality. Not Lindsay. He starts his newest novel MORE BOY THAN GIRL with the narrator in the first person stance and establishes his atmosphere so clearly from that character's vantage that it is only after entering the second chapter that we really have an idea about identities! Dai Break Jones opens the story as a hospital patient: 'This ain't the time for a pimp to be laid up. It's too much going on in my life.' Dai Break Jones is a pimp and not a 'mack' (A mack can be a person who is smooth, slick, the Best of the Best, a Pimp, a Ladies Man, the guy who runs everything a.k.a. the Boss. A mack is a person who is always flirting and hitting on girls. Almost always successful at it too.) We hear about the women that work for this pimp and a bit about why the hospitalization (with DEA agents guarding the door of the hospital room), but in Chapter Two we discover that Dai Break Jones is a female who has accepted a man's role and as a man she runs one of the most lucrative street businesses in all of Chicago. Her history is colorful: her story is full of intrigue and inside type information about what the industry of women of the night and drugs is like. But the factor that makes Lindsay's created character so fascinating is the way Dai Break Jones interacts with the women who are the source of income. This tale of a female pimp passing as a male but utilizing her insights with women to run a tight business (and social life) opens windows of understanding about perceptions - not only those relegated to the streets but those gender questions that so often go ignored in all of life. This is fresh and dynamic writing by a writer who has polished his skills in a genre he can claim as his own: he is at the top of his game. Grady Harp
ApexReviews More than 1 year ago
(Official Apex Reviews Rating: 4.5 Stars) Born into a man's world, Dai Break Jones quickly proves that she has what it takes for a woman to succeed. The only child of Hollis Jones, founder of one of Chicago's largest street organizations, Dai Break is given a hard core education about the streets from an early age. Possessive of an unrelenting drive and fearless ambition, the young tough steadily faces down dangers that would make a grown man cry - and she does it all with the savvy wit and fortitude of a true gangster. Living a successful street life ultimately comes at a price, though, and no matter how tough she proves to be, not even Dai Break may be prepared to pay it in the end... Rough, raw, and unflinchingly real, More Boy Than Girl is quite the eye-opening read. In his latest standout urban fiction tale, author Tony Lindsay presents you with a no-holds-barred portrait of street life at its grittiest - with none other than a female protagonist at the center of all the action. Readers mustn't be fooled, though: while Dai Break may be biologically female, she has the brains, brawn - and balls - to go toe-to-toe with the toughest male challenger, often coming out on top. As she scraps, schemes, and hustles her way to the top, her tumultuous life story serves as a brutal reminder that the streets have love for no one - regardless of age or gender - and how the very strength you need to succeed ultimately can often lead to your very downfall. A strongly recommended urban fiction treat. Kenya Dow Apex Reviews
The_Publishing_Guru More than 1 year ago
Tony Lindsay's More Boy than Girl is an in-your-face narrative depicting the life of Dai Break Jones, a woman breaking all barriers and living a man's life in a man's world. Dai, an only child to Hollis Jones, the founder of one of Chicago's largest street organizations, stood above the rest and matched wits against all adversaries. Lindsay's writing style is explosive. If words can be viewed as fireworks, then this is certainly the case. More Boy than Girl is as real as real gets. As the author describes it, "It is a hard core story, about a hard core world." Author of other charged novels like Street Possession and Chasin' It, Tony Lindsay describes Dai Break Jones' life as a pimp, and how she was raised by a gangster, like a gangster. Taught to always be on top, she followed her father's saying: "If you can't get what you want by asking, just take it." From learning how to box and beating up boys to getting kicked out of sixth grade, Dai Jones knew at an early age that she wasn't cut out for school. Many books on the market show women in a role outside of the typical "romantic love interest," "house mom," and "diva." However, no book in the recent past, or near future, portrays the role of a woman quite the way Tony Lindsay does in More Boy than Girl. Sure, Dai Break Jones faces conflicts and adversity, but who doesn't? Overcoming obstacles is a part of life; however, Jones is on equal footing, if not above, the men she encounters. Her attitude can be described as simply "I'm better than you." Without spoiling the plot for anyone, it's important to understand that a life as tumultuous and on the edge as is Dai Break's-is bound for a bad ending. The question that lingers is whether Dai Break's attitude and hardcore lifestyle will end up costing her at the end? More Boy than Girl is astounding, astonishing, and simply one-of-a-kind. There is nothing like it on the market. A must read, highly recommended.