Street Love

Street Love

by Walter Dean Myers


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Your first love is totally wrong for you.
Do you follow your heart?
Or do you run away?


What am I doing? He’ll take one quick look
And wish he was anywhere else but here
I’m already ashamed of what I think
He will think of me, of the life I lead


Yes, she is the fruit that will
Sustain me and yes, she brings
A rain that I know can chill
But it is a rain so sweet and sings
A song my soul insists
That I follow, if I would exist
As more than I have ever, ever been
If my mother calls it evil, then I embrace the sin

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780064407328
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/30/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 502,994
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.12(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Walter Dean Myers was the New York Times bestselling author of Monster, the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award; a former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature; and an inaugural NYC Literary Honoree. Myers received every single major award in the field of children's literature. He was the author of two Newbery Honor Books and six Coretta Scott King Awardees. He was the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults, a three-time National Book Award Finalist, as well as the first-ever recipient of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.

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Street Love

By Walter Myers

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Walter Myers
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060280794


Autumn in Harlem.
Fume-choked leaves, already
Yellowed, crack in the late September
Breeze. Weeds, city tough, city brittle,
Push defiantly along the concrete edges
Of Malcolm X Boulevard. On 137th Street
A toothless sidewalk vendor neatly stacks
His dark knit caps beside the plastic cell
Phone covers. Shadows indistinct in August heat
Now deepen and grow long across
The wide streets. Homeless men sniff the air and
Know that somewhere the Hawk stirs.
Harlem is not an easy place
To grow old, and so the young
Are everywhere,
Pouring from the buses, city dancing
To the rhythms of the street,
City dancing to the frantic spin of life
In the fast lane.


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Street Love 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Walter Dean Myers has created a captivating tale of new love on the tough streets of New York City. Damien is a smart young man who is going places. He has already been accepted into Brown University and looks toward the future. His parents have sacrificed in order to provide him with a stable, loving, and supportive environment. His mother is diligent when it comes to his life. She doesn't want to him to fall prey to manipulating girls looking for a way out of their meaningless and disappointing lives.

Junice is a tall, beautiful girl with a lot on her plate. Her mother has just been sent to prison for twenty-five years for drug possession and now lives with her forgetful grandmother and younger sister. The responsibility of keeping everyone together falls on Junice. The Department of Human Services has reviewed their situation and found that the grandmother isn't well enough to care for the girls and plans to send them into the system--saying they'll try to keep Junice and her sister, Melissa, together, but that they can't promise anything.

When Damien sees Junice walking down the street one day he becomes entranced. Feelings swell in his chest and he knows he has changed. He is quickly pulled into the chaos that is Junice's life and wants to do whatever he can to help her. Against the wishes of his parents, he continues a relationship with her that takes him down a road -- quite literally -- that he would never have taken if Junice hadn't come into his life.

Walter Dean Myers' use of a hip-hop style combined with the short poems that tie this story together is addictive. The multi-voiced narration gives the reader the perspectives of all of the characters that are involved in this heartbreaking tale. Once you start reading, you'll want to keep going until you find out how Junice and Damien's story ends -- or, we hope, at least the first chapter of a longer story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
walter dean myers is a great author.I enjoyed this book very much. This book was about a girl and boy, junice and damian. they fall in love and struggle through many problems. junice's mother goes to jail for 25 years for selling drugs. junice and damian want to leave their lives in ny to live somewhere else but they can't leave everything else behind.
Alexis Parker More than 1 year ago
Seems like a very interesting book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading Walter Dean Myers book ¿Street Love¿. It is about two lovers that want to leave their lives in New York City. Junice and Damian are the main characters in the story. They fall in love while dealing with a lot of problems. Junice tries to live life even when all the pressure is on her with her mother going to prison for twenty-five years for selling drugs. Damian is trying to stay out of trouble until he goes to college. He got accepted to Brown university. Junice is a sixteen year old girl that is trying to move on with her life while her mother is in prison. She has to take care of her little sister Melissa and her grandmother. She works hard in school and is a smart girl. Social Services knows about their problems and knows that their grandmother is too sick to take care of them so Junice is trying to keep her and her sister together. Damian is a seventeen year old basketball player that also does well in school and want to have a great life. Damian meets Junice at school. They start a relationship. They fall in love, share their hard times and they both want the same things to leave the streets of Harlem New York. Damian wants to leave and go to school and Junice wants to get out with her sister so they won¿t get separated. This book told the good and bad of a young relationship that lasted. I didn¿t want to put this book down. I recommend this book to all readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well I have over 1400 books in my nook and yet I haven't came across this author before. But I must say that by me reading the comments I'm going to go on ahead and pick it up.. I hope that its worth it.. happy reading Nook Lovers. Devotion143
TEST NOOKUSER More than 1 year ago
this seems as though it could be a good bok books a million needs to get some in stock!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read by Walter Dean Myers and I am glad I picked it up. Very poetic words and sad situations make this book an interesting, engrossing read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
well i love walter dean myers but this book was kind of just shows how a boy and girl fall in was also written in a poem kind of way i dont know this wasnt really one of my favorites
victorianist on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Two star crossed lovers come together in the streets of Harlem. Damien is upwardly mobile and has been admitted to Brown University. Junice's mother has just been sent to prison for 25 years. Can these two seemingly opposite souls resist external pressures and find peace in one another?
ALelliott on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This slim volume, written in free verse, tells the story of Damien and Junice, two Harlem teenagers who fall in love despite all the forces against them. Junice¿s mother has just been sentenced to twenty-five years in prison for possession and distribution of drugs, and she has no one to look after her and her nine-year-old sister, Melissa. Damien¿s mother and father are proud of his accomplishments, including acceptance to Brown, but they want no part of Junice or her troubles. How the two lovers meet, interact, and ultimately decide their fate unfolds in short poems written from multiple points of view. Sometimes we get glimpses into Damien¿s thoughts, other times Junice¿s, the mothers¿, and even the social worker assigned to Junice¿s case. Myers displays his considerable talents through these vignettes as each poetic voice is at once unique and in harmony with the other poems.Both Damien and Junice are strong characters. Damien is thoughtful and kind, while Junice refuses to let her situation define her. She even tells Damien at one point, ¿I am only what you see, this stick/Of a woman trying to make enough magic/To negotiate the shadows of these streets...My life is not packaged¿ (109). The adult characters get less sympathetic portrayals; though they all have their reasons for wanting to keep Damien and Junice apart, their cynicism reveals their powerlessness. Students will enjoy the gritty setting, which gets plenty of loving description by Myers. However, they may find the format hard to follow. It would be best to teach this novel by having students actually read it aloud and act it out, so that they have concrete movements to convey what is at times rather abstract prose. While there is no cussing, mature content makes this a better pick for ages 14 and up. on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Street Love is a novel-in-verse and at first I felt completely lost trying to read this format. However, after about 20 pages, I got the hang of it and I really enjoyed the format. I do not know much about poetry, but I appreciate that authors can inspire young and old to read and write forms of poetry. This telling of inner-city living and young teens is brilliantly written.
ohioyalibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Beautiful, heart-wrenching...I LOVE this book! It's a modern Romeo and Juliet (with a happier ending) set in Harlem and testifies to the strength of certain youth in difficult situations.
Serena_iz_Crazi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was about a guy and a girl falling in love. There were some parts of this book I didn't get but I got them sooner or later. It goes through times she and her boyfriend have difficult times with each other. Their names were Damien and Junice. They come from two totally different worlds but they still find a way to love each other. This is a really great love story.
gbjefferso on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Junice and Damian, two high school students attending the same school, whose lifestyles are worlds apart. Damain's middle class parents see only college in their son's future while Junice, whose mother is in jail, is trying to keep she and her younger sister out of the system. This tale of love across social classes is told in free verse with an upbeat rhythm that would be a good theater read in Literature classes for high school.
IEliasson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved Street Love; let me count the ways:Its pentameter of the street raps ShakespeareanIts characters who are drawn with richness and complexityIts plot which keeps you guessing and turning the pagesIts writing¿s preciseness and sparityIts terrible beauty in evoking the diversity of life in the ¿ghetto¿This book paired with Romeo and Juliet would make an excellent teaching unit ; the possibilities for comparative analysis are almost countless, and it would really open students¿ eyes to the timelessness of Shakespeare despite his challenging prose.
jgoitein on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Walter Dean Myers' Sweet Love received the ALA's Best YA Book Award for 2007, and rightly so. His tale of young romance in the big city and lyrical prose style is of such exceptional quality, it should be required reading on a unit of poetry. After reading his book, the poetry of Shakespeare will take on a whole new meaning. It took a while to adapt to the hip hop, street languages verse, until, chapter after chapter, Myers alliterations and cadenced pairing become music to the ear. The fluid combination of prose and poetry thrives on teens issues of inner city violence and territory, the continual degradation of young black women, and protective black mothers who want their bright sons to succeed. All of these issues weigh heavy on the shoulders and hearts of the two teenagers, Damien and Junice and their friends and families. Each short chapter has a multivoiced perspective of how these issues are dealt with by the characters. This approach allows the reader to see the strengths and weaknesses of these young people, and how they cope with the struggles of life in the inner city and forbidden love. Myers created an ending that could lead to a sequel: an ending where Damien makes a decision based more on his emotional immaturity and heartstrings than as the rationale goal oriented youth he was before meeting Junice. Maybe there is more in store for their lives in the music capital of the south?
kpickett on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Junice and Damien come from two very different families. Neither family wants them to be together, but as they spend time together they quickly fall in love. When Junice is taken into state custody she and Damien decide to run away together so they can aways be together. This Harlem Romeo and Juliet story is told in poetry from several different points of view.
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