Your Corner Dark

Desmond Hall

fiction young adult
emotional fast-paced

384 pages

American Street meets Long Way Down in this searing and gritty debut novel that takes an unflinching look at the harsh realities of gang life in Jamaica and how far a teen is willing to go for family.

Things can change in a second:

The second Frankie Green gets that scholarship letter, he has his ticket out of Jamaica.

The second his longtime crush, Leah, asks him on a date, he's in trouble.

The second his father gets shot, suddenly nothing else matters.

And the second Frankie joins his uncle's gang in exchange for paying for his father's medical bills, there's no going back...or is there?

As Frankie does things he never thought he'd be capable of, he's forced to confront the truth of the family and future he was born into--and the ones he wants to build for himself.

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Moods

dark 75%
emotional 50%
hopeful 50%
tense 50%
challenging 25%
sad 25%

Pace

medium 80%
fast 20%

Strong character development?

Yes: 66% | No: 33%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 33% | No: 33% | Yes: 33%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 100%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 100%

Average rating

3.71