Making ends meet often forces people to make unpalatable choices.
This story charts the decline and fall of a headstrong young girl, Yasmine, who, having been ejected from the family home makes one ill-considered decision after another, due to lack of alternatives, desperation or low of self esteem/ self respect.
Not normally the kind of literature I read, I was intrigued by the individual writing style of the author. The story’s pace and approach make it the kind of read that once you start, you don’t put it down until you've finished.
As much a social commentary on a society that has become brutally indifferent to the exploitation and objectification of young women, this is also a disturbing piece of work. If you are looking for a light, Sunday afternoon read, this is not it – the author requires the reader to think about what they are viewing.
It is difficult to gain depth of character in such a short work (only 77 pages) but Hood Chronicles manages to elicit sympathy for the main character and chart her decline to eventual suicide, following the death of her younger sister, in a quite compelling manner.
Historically, the great American novels have always been written by men and women who have something important to say. Though he has some way to go to reach his full potential, keep you eyes open and your ears pinned back; when this young man writes his master work, it will be disturbing but well worth reading.