Every Thug Needs a Lady

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Author: Wahida Clark

Title: Every Thug Needs a Lady

Genre: Urban Fiction, Romance

Publication Date: 2006

Number of Pages: 294

Geographical Setting: New York City and surrounding area

Time Period: Contemporary

Series (If applicable): Thug series, #2

Plot Summary: Roz, a physical therapy student, vows to never get involved with a thug again after her boyfriend of five years cheats on her while he’s in prison. But her plans to stay on the straight and narrow go awry when Trae, her ex-boyfriend’s business partner–who is handsome, powerful, and definitely a thug—tells her he wants to make her his woman.  Being with a thug has its advantages—hot sex and designer clothes among them—but there’s one big problem: Roz wants Trae to leave the lifestyle, and Trae isn’t ready yet.

 Subject Headings: Street life, prisons, man-woman relationships, friendship

 Appeal: gritty, fast-paced, large cast of characters, urban, violent, sexually explicit, strong language, character-driven, romantic, women’s lives and relationships

 3 appeal terms that best describe this book: gritty, urban, sexually explicit

 3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

Lady Q: The Rise and Fall of a Latin Queen by Reymundo Sanchez and Sonia Rodriguez

This memoir of the life of a female gang member is gritty, urban, and a fascinating look at the life of a young woman who makes different choices under similar circumstances to the heroines of Every Thug Needs a Lady.

Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. by Luis Rodriguez

This memoir of a gang kingpin is incredibly popular and tells an urban, gritty tale of violence, sex, and danger.

Blue Rage, Black Redemption: A Memoir by Stanley Williams

This memoir of the former head of the Crips who went from gang leader to peace activist combines gritty and explicit memories of his gang days with the philosophy and peace protocol he developed while in prison.

 3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

Upstate by Kalisha Buchannon

Seventeen-year-old Antonio and his girlfriend, Natasha, write letters back and forth as Antonio is imprisoned for a crime he may or may not have committed.  A moving coming-of-age story as well as an enduring love story, this literary novel features characters with similar lives and backgrounds to those in the Thug series, but with a more ambiguous and bittersweet ending.

Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah

This street-lit classic is referenced by the characters in the opening chapter of Every Thug Needs a Lady.  It’s the story of the daughter of a drug lord who takes over her father’s business; and despite the consequences, even the words of her mentor can’t make her give up the lifestyle.

The Sex Chronicles by Zane

This collection of 15 erotic short stories features thugs, the women who love them, and nearly every scenario imaginable—and is also immensely popular with a gritty, urban tone.

 

Name: Shelley

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