My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Desire Jones is a young, hot-to-trot teen who lives life on the edge. Abandoned by her mother, she yearns for love and attention. Her uncle shelters her, but life is impossible to bear with his abusive wife. To make things worse, she gets involved with Malik, who shatters her hope and trust by leaving her pregnant and infected with HIV. So hardened, she decides to do the unspeakable, purposely infecting people with her disease. Of course, no one knows of her intent, not even her best friend, Jennifer, who unwittingly helps Desire find her victims. Will Desire realize the error of her ways before it's too late?
Wow, if there ever was a character who couldn't catch a break it was Desire. It started with her being abandoned in 5th grade and forced to live with an uncle and aunt, multiple STDs, gang rape, prostitution, pregnancy, physical and mental abuse. Through all of this that happened in five years, she remained incredibly naive and impressionable
The story was full of drama as the synopsis stated. You were hit with so much that you couldn't catch your breath. The narrator, Tania Romulus, was perfect. She perfectly embodied the naivete required to bring the Desire that I came to feel pity for and want to strangle at the same time. Hines fills the story with red flags and lessons that readers can take and utilize in their own lives.
The story moved quickly. Almost a little quickly, as there were times that the timeline seemed a bit fluid, and sometimes the reactions or actions by young Desire didn't make sense. It goes without saying the characters were all interesting, even those I came to despise. I kept waiting for the demise of a certain mother figure.
I would recommend this story to those who could use this cautionary tale. You can get your own copy below and support the author by leaving a review.