If you grew up in conditions similar to the ones in this book, then you will absolutely love this book. It's not just about gang violence and drugs and what not, it tells the message of how you can always have other options and to always stay on the right path. You will never know how a kid will turn out just by his/her childhood. Stranger things have happened. And if you don't believe that, read this book and see if you can figure out who ends up in with a good future, and who ends up in jail.