by Yasmin Shiraz
Tashera was a good kid who kept her head down in the neighborhood, staying out of trouble. When she starts dating Ahmed, a jealous ex-girlfriend and her friends jump Tashera and send her to the hospital. Tashera's brother, who used to be big in a gang until a bullet put him in a wheelchair, is out to get even with whoever messed with his sister. Tashera's mother has a fiery temper and wants to make life hell for the other girls and their families. Mom and brother cause a chain of violent events that lead to tragedy. Even the attackers had not thought through the consequences of their actions and each girl has to suffer through miserable punishments, both tangible and psychological. This fast-paced novel realistically portrays the consequences of hot-headed, violent retaliation.