where I got my copy: Razorbill
release date: January 7, 2010
Kiki and Mish are best friends, but what Kiki doesn't know is that Michelle Pena was born a gang princess. "Princess P" grew up destined to inherit leadership of the Snakes: a future filled with crime and fear.
Michelle, on the other hand, is a nationally ranked athlete and academic superstar. This is her new life, and she's finally put her past—and her childhood love for Silver—to rest.
Then Silver helps kidnap both girls, and Michelle has to figure out how to free them both—and reconnect with a future that might now be beyond her reach.
In all honesty, I wasn't sure I was going to finish this book. All the ghetto talk, slang words scared me a little and the whole gang scene was so Discover / History channel but as I flip through the pages it was a really interesting read.
Michelle Pena was also known as Princess P (from the gang that she was born in back in Montebello), she tried to get away from them, for 2 years she was successful until her past finally catches up with her. She was doing so good. Got a best friend name Kiki, an aspiring film director. A Foster dad named Frank, a Bone Cancer Doctor and totally gay (I love him) and she's on her way to her dreams. Track Champ and she qualified for a scholarship called the Martin Luther King at the Y-Dub. But then the "Snakes" showed up - Lalo, Tha Force, Game, Midget, Earner? and her former boyfriend Silver lead by the despicable Dragon. Michelle and her best friend Kiki got kidnapped and was taken in a safe house by Palm Desert, they are keeping them as a hostage until King (her brother) tell them where the blood money is. I am glad that her mother is in jail she is terrible yet I kind of understand her need to toughen up Michelle to stay alive. But her logic? I will never understand it.
It was a whole new take to YA urban fiction. Fresh, suspenseful, unique and an eye opner. The ending left you hanging though, will there be a sequel or did Murray leave it like that for the readers to make up the conclusion themselves? I recommend this book to 15 year old and up. Warning some languages might not be appropriate, PG is advised.