“Everybody’s who’s anybody in the hood, has got a street name. Some of the a.k.as threaten danger, like Monster or Lil’ Killa. Others are kind of playful like Loopy or Mouse.” (From Alan Sitomer’s Homeboyz)
Homeboyz is a comedy- drama filled book. It’s about a teen named Teddy who seeks revenge for his dead little sister, Tina who was gunned by a notorious gang, in a drive by. Each day he is plotting, coming up with a perfect plan, but after juvie, he is given an assignment to be a mentor to a pre-teen about to fall into the wrong hands, heading on the wrong track, who will change Teddy’s life and his family’s too. Homeboyz reminds me of the Bluford High book Brothers In Arms because they are both telling stories of young males losing their younger siblings to an active drive by, seeking for revenge, but their paths change as they follow up on their plan to kill their sibling’s killer. The thing that makes Homeboyz unique is how it has a real connection to the world, it’s humorous, and it describes the struggle, also it sets out meaningful messages, it’s empowering. Homeboyz started off a little confusing, but the more and more you read it , the clearer it is, it had me on the edge of my seat. I would rate this book 5 Stars. You should read if you like urban comedies, that prove a life changing point that is filled with struggles, strategies, and help.