Miseducation Of A Hustler - Book Review
After reading this book, what can I say I am a sucker for drama? This book did more than just pull me into the story of Wisdom but I felt like there was more realness in this book than any book that I have read. Honestly, I don't know whether this book was based on a real story or not, but as the situation and the drama unfolds, it's almost if most of this book was based on a real story. I don't know if it was or not but Jabar is on author that we should keep our eyes on in the future.
At the start of this book you are introduced to five people who are playing chess, so to speak with the street game of hustling. The book just starts off dirty with Wisdom, Dank and Dammoe having a standoff with this cat name Bam. Things take a turn for the worse and Bam pays with his life. The boys think that they got off scot free and life goes back to normal for them. Detective Brown has a different theory for the murder of Bam and gives his theory to Captain Smith who has ulterior motives. On the other side everything seems to be going well for Wisdom and is crew. Money is rolling in and people are eating. This is also where you start getting introduced to each character and the type of person that they are. My favorite one was Sky and not because she was the only female character, but she was the one was level headed and knew that the streets had her man, but always hoped for the best. Hoping that he would get out of the game.
You are also introduced to Uncle Ronnie who knows the in and out of what these boys do and knows that he can't change them but teach them everything that he know about not just the business, but what happens if you get caught and to always have a backup plan. The book really starts taking some twist in turn as far as telling the story. I thought it was good, but it had me thinking that I missed something. The author get you back on track through and you see Wisdom using a lot of this knowledge when he is arrested for murder.
Just to stay in order though, Wisdom ends up going to jail awaiting trial and while there he meets a dude named Big Black who really drops some knowledge him as far as his impending trial. He has a really good lawyer on retainer that he pulls out of his pocket to get him off, but it's not that easy. Later on, you find out that there is an eyewitness that places him at the scene of the crime. It didn't take long for him to be found guilty and sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole. Things seem bleak for Wisdom, but he doesn't let that stop him from trying to find a way out of his sentence.
You get introduced to the inmates that Wisdom ends up gaining a lot of knowledge from as far as how the system works in jail and about life in general. Brinks and Rain sounded all too real to me. They to me were the ones that instilled lessons into Wisdom that Uncle Ronnie couldn't. Wisdom takes it upon himself to learn every inch of the law as possible to find the error in his trial. He ends up hiring a private detective to review his case and get some answers.
Outside of prison, things weren't looking to good as Sleeper and Dammoe were spending money like it was growing on a tree in their backyard. All this becomes noticeable to Wisdom; make a phone call to try to find out what's really going down and to correct it. For Sleeper and Dammoe, they make the wrong decisions to keep bank flowing in and end up paying for it with their life by not just a dirty cop, but someone who taught Wisdom while he was locked up. The rest of Wisdom's crew is told to lay low and Wisdom learns the truth behind the murder of his friends and starts to put the pieces together.
Everything ends for the better and it seems like the there is another book that is going to be coming out by this author because Wisdom has some avenging to do from the looks of it. I hope another book does come out with less grammatical errors than this book. This book had dropped a lot of knowledge not just for the drug game, but to me for everyone. If you haven't already, I suggest you scoop up this book by Jabar. I may have told you some detail, but I didn't tell you everything. You want to know more, go out and read it for yourself and let me know what you think.