Crackhead by Lisa LennoxCrackhead II
by Lisa Lennox
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Reviewed by: Shaheta S. Pickett
August 2009


Living life with her treacherous past leads Laci and her savior, Dink, to the cool halls of a college campus to pretend there is a brighter future for the ex-addict and former drug king pin. Both must adjust to the reality that you can take someone from the grimy streets of the five boroughs of New York, but you will not be able to pry the street light from inside of them. Trust issues become major factors in the progress of their relationship. Dink's destiny of loving the only girl he fell in love with, appeared to be false but true to her and true to his game.

While still running the streets from a distance, via phone connection, others on his team learn quickly that leaving his whole empire to Smurf was a wise idea. Smurf battles his own problems with his mother and the past of not having his father school him to the game of hard knocks. Instead Dink trades Smurf’s mystery of a father in for his play cousin Dirty to finish schooling his street protégé into a legendary king pin. In the midst of losing the love from his mother, Smurf tries to find love in his ladies including Tonnette the leader of the SBB (South Bronx Bitches), the mastermind behind Laci’s addiction. Karma comes back to search for Tonnette, Shaunna, Monique and unfortunately Crystal, Dink's ex-girlfriend who's pushing up daisies. Lucky for her she doesn't have to feel the wrath that was promised to the SBB's by Laci. In the back of their minds they fear her return but the streets say she is dead along with the other girls that fell victim to their jealous and malicious acts. With having an informant police officer on the squad for Smurf, Dink doesn't have to suffer any further than the slight break from Laci while she copes with her life’s newest issue: Carrying the life of a loved one. Drama doesn't stop there with the obvious cliff hanger, Crackhead III look's like it will be a bright ending to this saga.

What I liked most about this book?
The story had formula. It carried weight and consistency.

What I didn't like about this book?
It was a little slow at first. There were a couple of gaps in the storyline. The revenge was shallow and the surprise was just okay. Dink and Laci's characters never developed into a destiny.

How could the author improve this book?
By adding more to the ending. Develop Dink and Laci's relationship. It would make the whole point of unconditional love stand on its own. The story needed more; both sequels should have been only one book. Overall Lisa Lennox has substance in her writing. Great story and excellent lesson to share.


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