Friday, April 30, 2021

Your Corner Dark by Desmond Hall - OPTIONAL

Your Corner Dark by Desmond Hall
, 373 pages. Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division, 2021. $19

Language: R (217 swears, 34 “f”, +Jamaican swears); Mature Content: PG-13 (weed, alcohol, off-page sex/prostitution); Violence: PG-13 (gang killings/beatings, gore) 



Frankie is a senior in high school in Jamaica. He’s worked hard his entire life for the chance to go to college in America. He dreams of becoming an engineer and then returning home to improve Jamaica. Frankie is awarded the scholarship to the University of Arizona but his life comes to a screeching halt when his father needs very expensive medicine. After exhausting all options, Frankie turns to his Uncle Joe, the head of a posse, who has a lot of power and money. Frankie is left with the decision to join the posse and possibly save his father or pursue his life-long dream in America. Frankie may be forever at the mercy of his Uncle and the posse in order to save his father’s life. 

Desmond Hall’s riveting novel was tough to put down. I found myself cheering so hard for Frankie who is forced to make a lot of difficult decisions at a young age. I was on the edge of my seat throughout the entire novel. Not a lot ends up going Frankie’s way, but he is very determined and continues to fight for the life he knows he deserves. 

Reviewer: T. McP, SLP 

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