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Streetz Gon Cry

by Anthony Barrow and Tracey "Big Tray Deee" Davis
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Reviewed by: Michelle Bishop
July 2012


In Streetz Gon Cry, Anthony Barrow and Tracey “Big Tray Deee” Davis introduce us to three childhood friends, Johnté, Boo, and TJ, and the world they inhabit in and around LA.  TJ and Boo are caught up in the street life while Johnté is headed for college on a football scholarship. Despite the divergence of their paths, the three remain loyal friends. When Johnté’s older brother, Carter, is released from the penitentiary he learns of a plan to let Mexican drug dealers take over the Crenshaw streets.  Carter hatches a plan of his own to recapture the streets and, eventually, to transform them.

Streetz Gon Cry is a highly entertaining novel with compelling characters and a solid main plot. The story is carefully thought out and well-written with only a few distracting loose ends. The authors would probably say they are just reflecting the language and attitudes of the streets but I am a little weary of black women being referred to as scrapes and “hoes.” Maybe I’m just being picky but I would love for our male Urban authors to think about new ways to frame black women in their fictional worlds.

Nevertheless, Streetz Gon Cry is a keeper. Barrow and Davis bring us a fun novel that’s an easy read. While the gangster with love for his mother and his community is not an unfamiliar theme, it doesn’t feel dated or overblown. Modeled after American Gangster, Streetz Gon Cry offers us a view of a modern day “American Gangster” trying to make a change for himself and his community.  While I found the ending less than satisfying, it serves as a set-up for what I anticipate will be an entertaining sequel.

What did you like about the book?
Good pacing, a solid story line, and compelling characters make Streetz Gon Cry an entertaining novel. I’m looking forward to a sequel.

What did you dislike about the book?
There is a major character inconsistency at the end of the novel that leads me to believe the authors decided to end the book too soon rather than playing things out to their natural conclusion. This change in a major character’s behavior is a noticeable departure.

What could the author do to improve the book?
There are some editing issues that should have been addressed more thoroughly, including word choice and consistency issues, but they are few. Also, the authors should have taken the story to its natural conclusion rather focusing on what feels like the set-up for a sequel. 


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