by Rahiem Brooks
Reviewed by: QB Wells
Credit can make or break a life. Bad credit can have you ostracized, unemployed, living in a closet forced to use an ironing board as a dining table or homeless. Good credit can get the Gucci suit, the luxury car, the loft in the artsy part of town, the finest mate on the arm . . . life.
In the debut novel by Raheim Brooks Laugh Now, Kareem Bezel learns early success needs credit and he puts his life on the line to achieve the finest materials a teenager can imagine. By mixing a multitude of white-collar crimes, a tight cocaine connect and a tremendous amount of wit, he makes enough money to live comfortable. In the process he unknowingly entices his younger brother, Andre to craft his own hustle.
Andre Bezel finds success hustling but slips up and pays a price. After ignoring his gut feelings and the advice of Kareem about the dealings with an associate, Andre’s thirst finds him under investigation and suspicion for murder. With the police on the their tails, the brothers concoct a plan to escape the charges of the investigation and reverse any and all ill will from the shady police involved.
A slim one hundred and fifty eight pages, Laugh Now should have been a quick read. However, the tiny font size and seventy-seven chapters made the task of reading much more difficult than it should have been. The depth of the plot and twists make the book entertaining.
Like most books that lack production but have a passionate narrative, at the end of the journey, the story is worth the time.
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