In EYES ON THE PRYZE these young adults make some life altering decisions. They create worlds within their worlds to survive what daily life dishes them.
- Phoenix makes rash decisions on an assumption
- Vina medicates her past through drugs
- Kye tries to heal from the loss of a friend through the street game
- Rajii needs to be respected by the one he respected the most and when he believes he is not rewarded the way he thinks he should be he turns to his street mentor's enemy to hurt and prove he deserved the rewards. All this stems from the lack of having things quite not meant for him at the time. (GREED with no patience)
- Lynx's loyalty to his friend and to the game made him overlook the things he was truly blessed with
- Blizz wants to KING life so bad he is willing to kill for it. His envy makes his demise what it is. He wants to rule even if he isn't King.
- Jamaira is young and impressionable. She let one guys infatuation for swag and a little attention pull her into a life that was not meant for her. She is naïve because the lack of schooling and sheltering.
- Cahree aka Carmen is dying to prove to her father she's worthy to run the company business. it's not what she wants but she will do whatever it takes to get her father's attention even if she has to kill for it betray her only friend for it or loose on love for it! she is desperate to be daddy's cartel princess.
WHICH CHARACTER DOES YOUR CHILD RELATE TO? THERE ARE SME SCENEROS YOU MAY WANT TO TALK THROUGH WITH THEM. CHOP THE BOOK UP IN CHAPTERS SO IT IS NOT OVERWHELMING. MAYBE HAVE HER AND HER BEST FRIEN READ IT AND YOU CAN ALL SIT DOWN AND TALK ABOUT IT.
Urban Fiction…A Parents Tool!
Moms and Dads or anyone who has an opinion about youths reading Urban Fiction...
Urban fiction is not a threat to our children. It is not written to promote Promiscuity, drug use nor is it promoting the street life. Urban fiction is written sometimes for pure entertainment but we know as adults that a lesson can be learned and taught in the strangest settings. These are not urban myths but truths told through the pens of writer’s experiences or experiences told to them. If parents or guardians picked up an Urban Fiction book and read its content they may not approve of the style of writing due to the profanity or vulgarity but is it the words or the message?
If you as a parent feel that the content is too advanced for your child...think again...these are the very things talked about amongst their peers and sometimes what they see and experience on a day to day basis.
Try and get them to talk about what they have read or read it before them or with them. Have a discussion about the events that happened within the book.
Try to get them to put themselves in the shoes of the characters or character of choice.
Ask why they chose that person and see what they would do differently. Or ask them what they felt about the person’s situation.
The BIGGEST and most ENCOURAGED:
Ask who they relate to the most.
There is so much going on around them. Life is moving faster than ever. Some fall between the cracks in the street's sidewalks. Some remain stagnant because they are numb.
Urban Fiction can serve as a learning tool for the both of you. You can get to know your child through these books, how they think, their survival tactics for the streets, what they are going through themselves, emotionally; maybe with their friends, a friends friend or even a boyfriend or girlfriend. It may also teach you how to talk about things that may have been taboo in your household. The plus is it will keep them reading! (That is what is most important!)
You never know you might pass it on to a girlfriend of yours to help her with her teen. If it works out, like I think it should, it might just get your sons into reading...breaking the myth that men don't read.....This is no longer something to think about... This is something to do!