Fire in the Streets
"Fire in the Streets" is about a young girl named Maxie who grows up in the projects of Chicago in 1968. At 14, she is told numerous times that she isn't old enough to join the Black Panthers, a group working towards equal rights for blacks. When she finds out that someone has been turning information over to the police, or "pigs", she believes that if she can find the traitor, she might finally be asked to join. However, when she does find out who it is, her world is turned upside down. The book started off relativly slow, and stayed that way for most of the book. Lot's of the story were about Maxie's work day down at the Black Panther office sealing envelopes or how her mom tries to find work after losing her job. Instead of talking about the person selling off the Panther's, it instead talks about Maxies life and trials, despite the fact that the traitor is a central plot point to the book. The last few chapters definatly make up for it. Maybe a bit too well, in fact. The last 10 chapters seemed to rush by in a blur, leaving me breathless and going back to try and see what happened. The characters were also rather one-dimensional. Maxie keeps going on and on about how much she wants to join the Black Panthers, and her friends Patrice and Emmalee seem thrown in there to add to the cast. Sam, Maxie's ex-boyfriend, also seems like the typical man in novel like this, mysterious and unreachable. Overall, a good, quick, book, but not something I'd read twice.
Rating: 3 Readable