A young boy recently released from juvenile rediscovers the world through a newfound love of books.
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Got my phone back, my clothes back, and a fresh ticket to freedom, but no ride home.
It was crazy in there. There ain’t no discrepancies between none of us in Juvie.
So here I am, taking the city bus home. Everything slowly melting into the same old sights and the same old route.
Just got my other phone back and charged and already Ev is hitting me up again.
Ev’s my best friend, but also he’s probably trying to drag me into some new kind of trouble.
Want to do some more reading, but I gotta do some housekeeping first, otherwise nothing is going to be comfortable.
I just remembered a name. Kevin Young. It was a recommendation from Courtney, but I forgot about it.
She said I would like him. Said we’d connect. Whatever that means. But then she never brought his books in. I could never read his stuff.
“Like life, there’s no one way to do it, & a hundred ways, from here to Sunday, to get it dead wrong.”
Damn. That line is tight.
Caught sight of that bully Selleck in the alley across the street, and he caught sighta me too pretty sure.
Oh shit, Ev is going into the alley after Selleck.
I can hear talking. Now yelling. Shit. I think they’re fighting in the alleyway. Fuck.
I just got home and Alicia was just tweaking.
She was fussing around me and said that I need to get rid of all the books in my room because dad might be coming back soon.
That guy is the whole reason I went to juvie. If I hadn’t trashed his car he woulda turned his rage on Kaley and Alicia.
The old man is old fashioned. A hard worker and alcoholic who thinks books are a pipe-dream for people like us. This we should get jobs and settle down.
Naw, dad. We not cool. We never gonna be cool.
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