Review: In The Streets
IN THESE STREETS - Shelly Ellis
Kensington Books/Dafian Fiction
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December 2018
Mainstream Fiction
REVIEWER: Leslie Whitfield  RATING: B+
REVIEW: Ricky, Derrick and Jamal met at The Branch Avenue Boys’ Institute in their youth. The close bond between the trio is broken by Jamal through the prompting of his girlfriend Bridgette. IN THESE STREETS (The Branch Avenue Boys Book 1) showcases the consequences of the choices by Ricky, Derrick and Jamal. Ricky has to decide if he will help Simone which could cost him his life.  Derrick is faced with leaving his fiancée for another woman. Jamal as Deputy Mayor faces off with the mayor and can expose him or join him in corruption.

The dynamics of relationships are well developed throughout
IN THESE STREETS. Melissa’s relationship with her father and his point of view is well written. The interracial relationship between Jamal and Bridget, especially the dialogue relating to choosing a restaurant with her parents, works seamlessly in the book. Ricky’s relationship with the drug kingpin is well-developed and the drug kingpin’s parties and meetings at his home are realistic. The Branch Avenue Boys’ Institute, teachers and boys residing there are believable. The strip club (Club Majesty) and the restaurant fit well in the story in relation to the drug kingpin and Ricky.

I enjoyed reading
IN THESE STREETS because it pulls at emotions that make you want to dislike Jamal for breaking up his friendship with Derrick and Ricky, cheer for Ricky when he tries to help Simone’s sister and hope for a reconciliation between Melissa and her father. Although I did not like the cliffhanger, I did look to see when the next installment would be released.

IN THESE STREETS is a good read with interesting characters. The descriptions of people, places and interactions throughout the book are true to life. The characters are relatable, and the story moves along at a natural pace.

12th January 2019 | romcol@caribsurf.com