Two The Hard Way by Travis Hunter
Dafina Books, July 2010, Young Adult
ISBN: 0-7582-4250-6 / 978-0-7582-4250-1
Coming up in the inner city, Kwame and Romeo Braxton never had anyone except their Nana and each other. So when big brother Kwame caught two years for doing nothing but keeping the wrong kind of friends, their lives were turned upside down. And things are about to get shaken up one more time…
Romeo is seventeen and the star quarterback for the Tucker Tigers. He gets all the attention he can handle from the honeys-and the big-time college football programs. Deciding where to take a scholarship should be Romeo’s biggest problem, but these days it’s the last thing on his mind-
Not only is Kwame finally getting out of jail, their absentee mother Pearl is back on the scene, and Rome’s girl Ngiai says she’s ready to get serious. Oh, and a couple of thugs beat Pearl nearly to death and wrecked Nana’s crib.
With everything in their lives out of control, Kwame and Rome are at a serious crossroads. Now they’ll have to decide who’s really got their backs, and what kind of future they’re ready to step up to…
Author’s Website: http://www.travishunter.com