Growing up in New York City isn't easy for 12-year-old Lafayette and his older brothers. Especially because they are on their own, after the death of their parents. Oldest brother Ty'ree tries to hold things together, working to earn enough money to support them all, but it's a struggle. And it doesn't help matters that Lafayette's brother Charlie acts totally different (often very mean and angry) since he's come back from the juvenile correctional facility. The events of one dramatic weekend will determine whether the boys will be able to stick it out on their own after all. This is a gripping story that offers a peek into life in modern-day Harlem, and pays tribute to the powerful love these brothers have for each other.
Reviewed by Shannon Maughan on April 24, 2000