Alex’s life as a teenager in South Central L.A. is far from perfect, but it’s his life, and he knows how to live it. He knows what role to play and what things to keep to himself. He’s got it all under control, until one lousy pair of shoes kicks him out of his world and lands him in a foster care group home.
Surrounded by strangers and trapped in a life where he could never belong, Alex turns to the only person lower on the social ladder than he is: a “special” mute boy. In Sebastian, Alex finds a safe place to store his secrets—those that sent him to foster care, and the deeper one that sets him apart from the other teenagers he knows. But Sebastian has secrets of his own, and when tragedy rips the two boys apart, Alex will stop at nothing to find the answers—even if it means dragging them both through a past full of wounds best left buried.
It might just be worth it, for the slim chance at love.
5 GHETTOFABULOUS STARS
THIS STORY IS REAL… THIS ISN’T A FAIRYTALE, THIS ISN’T ABOUT HOW THE RICH GET RICHER, IT ISN’T ABOUT DRIVING BENZ’S AND DROPPING BENJAMINS
THIS STORY IS REAL
FOR MOST PEOPLE, THIS IS JUST A STORY BUT YOU CAN’T PRETEND THAT THE PART OF THE WORLD YOU LIVE IN HAS SECTIONS THAT ARE CLASSIFIED AS THE “GHETTO” THE “PROJECTS” THAT WHEN YOU DRIVE BY YOUR OK CAUSE YOU AREN’T LIVING IT, BREATHING IT
THAT THE KID NEXT DOOR ISN’T SLINGING DOPE JUST TO GET BY
GANGS ARE REAL, REALER THAN REAL, KIDS HAVE KIDS, PARENTS DON’T TEACH WHAT THEY SHOULD, PARENTS ABANDON YOU, KIDS DON’T KNOW THEIR FATHERS, MOTHERS ARE JUNKIES, MAMA’S ARE HOOKERS, CRACK, WEED, CRACKHEADS, DOPE HEADS, GUNS, KILLINGS… THIS IS REAL LIFE FOR MOST OF THE WORLD’S POPULATION
“Seven o’clock, pluckin roaches out the cereal box
Some shared the same spoon, watchin saturday cartoons
Sugar water was our thing, every meal was no thrill
In the summer, free lunch held us down like steel
And there was days I had to go to Tex house with a note
Stating “Gloria can I borrow some food I’m dead broke”
So embarrasin I couldn’t stand to knock on they door
My friends might be laughin, I spent stamps in stores
Mommy where’s the toilet paper, use the newspaper
Look Ms. Rose gave us a couch, she’s the neighbor
Things was deep, my whole youth was sharper than cleats” Ghostface Killah~All That I Got is You
SILENT~ SILENT ISN’T SILENT BECAUSE IT TELLS A STORY OF 2 BOYS TRYING TO GET BY IN A WORLD THAT’S AGAINST THEM
HE IS STRONG AND HE IS WEAK. HE WANTS AND NEEDS LOVE, TO OWN SOMETHING, EVEN IF IT IS A PAIR OF SHOES. CONFUSED CAUSE HE LIKES BOYS AND IN THE GHETTO YOU CAN’T BE A
HIS LIFE IS SOMETHING HE’S BLOCKED OUT BECAUSE IN ORDER TO SURVIVE HE HAD TO DO THIS
SEB~ HE IS STRONG WHEN MOST THINK HE IS WEAK. HE NEEDS TO BE UNDERSTOOD BUT NOT BY ANYONE. HE HAS NO VOICE BUT HE DOES!
HIS LIFE IS NO FAIRYTALE AND NEVER HAS BEEN, NO VOICE AND NO ONE TO HEAR HIS SCREAMS
SILENT WILL TAKE YOU THROUGH THE GHETTO AND INTO THE HEART OF 2 BOYS THAT DESERVE THE WORLD, DESERVE UNDERSTANDING, DESERVE TO HAVE SOMEONE HELP THEM FIGHT IN THIS FUCKING AWFUL THING WE CALL THE WORLD. IT WILL TAKE YOU THROUGH FIRST LOVE, THROUGH HOW COMMUNICATION CAN BE DONE IN ANY FORM, HOW 2 PEOPLE CAN UNDERSTAND AND LOVE EACH OTHER SO MUCH THAT IT WILL SQUEEZE YOUR HEART SO HARD YOU THINK IT MIGHT JUST COME FLYING OUT OF YOUR CHEST. IT WILL MAKE YOU CRY. IT WILL MAKE YOU ANGRY. IT WILL MAKE YOU WANNA RIP UTERUS’S OUT OF SOME WOMEN. IT WILL MAKE YOU FEEL STRUGGLE AND PAIN AND LOVE AND ANGST. IT WILL MAKE YOU FEEL ALL OF THIS BECAUSE THIS IS AS REAL AS THE ALPHABET
THIS BOOK TEACHES YOU THAT HOPE IS REAL, THAT KIDS CAN DREAM, THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT CARE, THAT RIGHT IS RIGHT, AND WRONG IS WRONG. THAT TEENAGERS DO HAVE SENSE EVEN THOUGH EVERY SINGLE ADULT FORGETS THIS.
YOU ARE NOT A PRODUCT OF YOUR ENVIRONMENT
SARA ALVA HAS A WAY WITH WORDS, SHE MAKES YOU FEEL AND BREATH AND FEEL
THIS IS MY 1ST SARA ALVA BOOK BUT GUESS WHAT! IT WILL NOT BE LAST.
SHE’S GROWN A NEW FAN AND A STALKER~ME
READ THIS BOOK PEOPLE! READ IT, YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED~ CAUSE THIS IS REAL