**Ages 18+ due to mature content and strong language.**
Synopsis:Dio Rodriguez grew up on the streets and knew all too well the hard, cool feeling of the barrel of a gun tucked down the back of his jeans. But his hard exterior softened when he met Jennifer. Jennifer understands Dio like no one else and makes him want to be a better man. Suddenly a drive-by shooting lands Dio in a prison boot camp and sends Jennifer to the hospital. When Dio learns that Jennifer is pregnant, he realizes that he must find a way to turn his life around and return to his lady. But can trainee Rodriguez get his act together among the hardcases in prison? And will Jennifer be waiting for him if and when he does?
I bought this book after reading the blurbs and other reviews, they made me curious about it. I have to say that this book just made me so mad...in a very good way. I love this story, I can't begin to say enough good about the whole thing. Dio and Jennifer in a way reminded me of so many other teenagers I met while I lived in New Mexico. The gangs were prevalent and their women were so supportive. It was an odd experience for me, as I come from a small state where we had no gangs that I knew of when I grew up.
I watched Dio struggle through his experiences and grow as a human being in all ways; at the same time getting glimpses of what Jennifer was going through as well. I did not see what was coming at all, I was in shock as I finished reading it. I still am slightly emotional about this book. I honestly recommend it to anyone 17 plus, it is an unforgettable story. Mr. Rivera has written a book of complex emotions and made perfect sense of it all, I am truly looking forward to reading more from him. I give this book 5 stars!
Jeff Rivera is an author and inspirational media personality. He has appeared on national television, radio and print in such outlets asForbes.com, The Boston Globe, Publishers Weekly, Right On! Magazine, Rotarian Magazine, TMZ, WABC, WNBC, WCBS, SITV, American Latino and NPR.
His humble beginnings of living in American poverty on welfare and food stamps as the child of a single mother, to his days living in his car and final rise to becoming a published author, journalist and media personality have inspired many.