Rotten Lil Peaches: Atl's Finest

Rotten Lil Peaches: Atl's Finest Rotten Lil Peaches: Atl's Finest by Sa’id Salaam
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Autumn Jackson had a rough life in the rough streets of Southwest Atlanta. The smart girl has plans and visions of life beyond her bleak surroundings. A life-changing incident at the age of fifteen transforms the sweet girl into another person. Her innocence is lost and she is willing to do whatever it takes to secure that bag. 
Her and close friends, Meka and Qianna, set off on a journey to run up a check-up. They follow the bad examples of the bad girls in the hood while adding their own unique twist. Will they achieve the riches they seek or die trying? Either way, they are Atl's finest

A coming of age story in the dirty South. I think the author captured the innocence and recklessness that many of the misguided teens experience as the race toward adult i.e. violence, teen pregnancy, murder, mental illness, etc. There was a bit of repetitive language.  The majority of the story entailed, the primaries going to the mall, saying "I'm hoping he didn't get me pregnant", and going to the clinic for abortions or STDs. The actual activity happened between these scenes, which occurred in every chapter.  Needless to say, there was very little movement. The narrator didn't quite bring the story to life in either book one or two. Despite the few things that didn't work in the story, I am still intrigued. The author had a good storyline idea. In particular, I was intrigued by the story itself to see how things played out. Would Autumn ever speak up?  I'll be listening to the next installment to see what's next for these rotten "not so lil" peaches.

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