On the Come Up

On the Come Up

By Travis Hunter

Kensington -Teen/Dafina, Paperback, 9780758242525, 256pp.

Publication Date: November 2011

"Growing up in the heart of the Atlanta ghetto, siblings DeMarco and Jasmine Winslow have developed a talent for survival. But if given the chance, they would do anything for a fresh start. . . ."
By the time DeMarco was fifteen, being locked up was better than being at home. So whenever he got hungry or cold or just plain tired of living in the ghetto, he'd steal something and make sure he got caught, 'cause going to juvie was like going to heaven: video games, basketball courts, a big screen television, and three hot meals a day. And now that he's back in the hood, things seem worse than before.
Jasmine, DeMarco's twin sister, hasn't had the luxury of vacationing in juvie. She's had to balance being an honor roll student with fighting off advances from her mother's boyfriend. After her mom sides with her boyfriend, Jasmine's out on the streets and running with the DIVAs, a rough group of girls whose number one goal is to get paid. But when Jasmine finally gets her chance to break free, she learns the hard way that no one leaves the hood unscathed. . . .
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About the Author
Travis Hunter, named Author of the Year in 2003 by readers of the Atlanta Daily World, is the author of Something to Die For, The Hearts of Men, Married but Still Looking, Trouble Man, and A One Woman Man. Hunter lives in Atlanta. Visit his website at www.travishunter.com.