by Black Artemis

June 2005
ISBN: 0-451-21513-3
Reviewer Graphic Button New American Library
Trade Paperback

Picture Me Rolliní is the tale of a young woman trying to get her life back on the right track. After taking the wrap on a gun charge for her man, Jesus, Esperanza Cepeda has to decide if she wants to risk going back to jail by returning to her old ways or if she wants to accomplish her goals the right way. After being released from prison, Esperanza returns to her old neighborhood to live with her sister Dulce who has nothing but tough love to offer her. Esperanza tries to get her life in order by enrolling in GED classes and by getting a job. Will these changes be enough to withstand her love of the streets?

Soon, Esperanza realizes that getting her act together is more difficult than she expected. After getting promoted at work, she loses her cool and attacks a customer. Without a job, she is desperate for money and has to find employment before Puente, her parole office, sends her back to jail. Esperanza must decide if pulling one last crime with Jesus is worth her freedom.

Picture Me Rolliní is a book that I found very difficult to read, in part because of its predictability. From the very first chapter, you can figure out what Black Artemis has intended for Esperanza, and so the book leaves nothing to the imagination.

Still, there are a couple of good things about this book. The highlights of Picture Me Rolliní include the authorís strong insight regarding people who are struggling to rehabilitate themselves and her appreciation of Tupac Shakurís poetry and legacy. Although Picture Me Rolliní is not one of the best books Iíve ever read, it still reveals Black Artemis to be a talented author.

Reviewed in November 2005 by Natasha.

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