A fairly mediocre story about a young African-American girl with a new baby living in the “projects” with a mother who had her and her sister at a young age. The older sister, Dell, has, by some definitions, made it. Will Raven, our heroine, escape her situation or will she succumb to the oft-criticized ‘recipient’ mentality?

This is a clumsy, well-meaning book that could pose a few interesting questions, but it doesn’t seem like any of the possibly rich moments are deliberate. I appreciate the way McDonald stayed away from a completely storybook ending. The numerous references to Woody Allen films were as unlikely as they were odd.

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