|Plot Summary of Nasty Girls |
|"Shy is a street-wise fifteen year old growing up in the projects of New York City. Shy and her best friend Jade dream of a better life that includes moving out of the projects. When Shy meets Raheem, a street hustler who has plenty of money and connections, it isn't long before Shy and Raheem are spending all their time together. Raheem promises Shy that he will get her out of her father's house and out of the projects. When Raheem is viciously gunned down one night right in front of Shy's eyes it changes her life forever. Years have passed and Shy is now in her early twenties and once again connected to a criminal minded man named Roscoe. Despite Roscoe's criminal ties, Shy finds herself falling in love with him and living with him. Jade, Shy's best friend, has also fallen in love with Roscoe's partner in crime, James. Although James is second in command to Roscoe, the men have forged a criminal empire that brings them lavish benefits. When Shy finds out that James is cheating on her, she can't bring herself to leave the man she loves and desperately needs in her life. Meanwhile, Shy and Jade have found a third partner in crime, Camille, a bisexual hustler who wants to be bound to no man. Camille is independent and spirited, and fiercely loyal to her friends. When Roscoe and James become embroiled in a turf war that goes badly, Roscoe ends up being arrested and incarcerated on murder charges. When Shy finds out that her man is facing ten to twenty years in prison, she loses all hope of a happy ending with Roscoe. Worsening the situation, James appears to have ratted out Roscoe in order to avoid prosecution. As Shy and Jade finds themselves at odds while protecting their separate interests, the girls' friendships explodes as revenge and betrayal take center stage."
Sandra Calhoune, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Nasty Girls |
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
- present (2000-2010)
Inside culture (main char)
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Outside culture (society)
- American Black
- a criminal (definitely)
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Very much smarter than other characters
- very athletic
- an organization
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 6 ()
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- explicit references to deaths
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- touching of anatomy
- actual description of hetero sex
- descript. of female anat. (the big B's)
- descript. of female anat. (the big V)
- descript. of nude males (the big P)
Lot of foul language?
- No single main character?
- written like a journal/diary/letters
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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