Set in the late 1970's, Author Kevin “Coach” Brown’s novel From Ghetto to Greatness is a masterpiece of storytelling that grabs your attention from the very beginning. Once you are pulled into the protagonist’s Jerome Green’s world, you are whisked away with him through the perils of teenage drug addiction and living life with no parental guidance.
You will be pulling for Jerome all the way. The plot is fresh and intriguing; as opposed to the trite storyline of “I sold drugs, I was in a gang, I went to jail, and now I want to save the world.” The result of this brand new approach to urban literature is a book that is absolutly a must read for all.
It's just a wonderful story that will inspire you. It will make you laugh and sometimes want to cry.
Brown paints his characters brilliantly as they all come to life and have a cumulative effect on Jerome Green’s unsure future.
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By Mary Thompson
Aug 27, 2010
This book was fantastic. Whether you are connected to the kind of culture discussed or not the story pulls you in so that you are living the story with the characters. It was unlike anything else I've read. Definitely give the book a chance and you will end up inspired and wanting more. And if you do want more? Google the author... Coach Kevin has amazing life coaching services!
From Ghetto To Greatness is a welcome addition to my book collection. I am probably one of the few in the world that purchased both the first and second editions of From Ghetto To Greatness. From cover to final word, the second edition is proof that this author, Kevin Brown, is committed to delivering quality and making an impact. Although I'm from the Bronx, and this story is set in "Snoop D.O. double G." country in Long Beach and surrounding areas, I found common ground in the culture and era of the central character. I especially enjoyed the romp through the music and movies of the seventies. That for me was a trip down memory lane. The story follows the adventures of the main character from elementary through high school, and is told from the first person perspective of Jerome Green. This narrative choice by the author gives him the chance to establish himself as an authority by including so many authentic details. You will know that Kevin Brown is no outsder, no... More > stranger, to the culture. The story is often hilarious, but this is no comedy. It is the story of a boy raised with little parental supervision, surrounded by wrong, tempted by evil, and addicted to substances and behaviors that at one point threatened to destroy him. It is a drama enacted in real life on every corner, in every hood in America. As you can guess from the title, Jerome finally chooses door #2 and makes it out, but not without scars. Whereas my own Stoneheart: The Bronx is a cautionary tale filled with dramacidal relationships, ghetto extremes, and devastating consequences, From Ghetto To Greatness offers slightly lightly fare but with the same sense of caution. Books like these will hopefully give younger brothers and sisters pause to think before they act, and cause them to move through life with a greater sense of responsibility. Kevin Thomas the village Griot< Less
From Ghetto to Greatness has brought back so many memories: Living on Delta Ave, Going to Hansen’s Market down the street, going to Silverado Park and also the Hutch. I remember one time I was there getting my boogie on and was so embarrassed when my mom had them call me over the loud speaker (all she wanted was to make sure I had my house key before she left out of town). LOL I didn’t know that at the time. And ole Stephens Jr. High, Going to Villa Market, and can’t forget Poly. Who can truly say that they will ever forget Long Beach Poly? I know I won’t. 1981 was the year. Thanks Kevin for the memories. The book was great. Delia Lynn Brazil-Pitchford Written 3/7/2010 posted on facebook
"From "Ghetto to Greatness"" This book is a must read for anyone who has had doubts of surviving the Urban Community. The stories told are very priceless. Coach Kevin will take you through a tour of Long Beach, California. The tour was inspiring.
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