Streetz Gon Cry
by Anthony Barrow and Tracey "Big Tray Deee" Davis
Reviewed by: Michelle Bishop
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.
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