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LOVERS AND HATERS
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Young Adult
This riveting first story in the Coleman High Series follows Xavier Hunter, a highly intelligent class clown hoping to make it out of the hood with a college scholarship. Samantha Fox is an uptown girl who is clearly out of his league. Xavier is pulled in all directions, using illegal means to help support his family and to dress to impress the exquisite Samantha.
Xavier is a 15-year-old straight-A student, but with street cred. His dad is in jail and his mom bar-hops and caters to her no-account boyfriend, often leaving him to fend for himself. When Samantha catches his eye, he feels the need to step up his game and change his image. For that he needs cash. Unfortunately, he starts dealing with the neighborhood thugs to make his paper. (K-TEEN, Sep., 304 pp., $9.95, ISBN: 9781617731327, PB, 14 & Up)
Reviewed By: Leslie Frohberg
Published: September 2014