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There goes the neighborhood / Jade Adia.

Adia, Jade, (author.).


"In order to stop the destructive forces of gentrification, three best friends use social media to create a fake gang and get justice for their South L.A. community"-- Provided by publisher.
Rhea and her friends Zeke and Malachi are South L.A. born and raised. The old neighborhood is fading away, and more white people are flocking to this little urban paradise for its cheap rent, transforming the place they call home. When an eviction notice from a greedy landlord threatens to split up the crew, Rhea and her friends use social media to form a fake gang in hopes of scaring off developers. They even use firecrackers to create the illusion of gang violence. Their scheme appears to work-- until a murder is pegged on the nonexistent gang. -- adapted from jacket

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781368084321 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 136808432X (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 9781368084345 (trade paperback)
  • ISBN: 1368084346 (trade paperback)
  • Physical Description: 414 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: Los Angeles ; Hyperion, 2023.

Content descriptions

Target Audience Note:
Ages 12-18. Hyperion.
Grades 7-9. Hyperion.
Subject: Gentrification > Fiction.
Gangs > Fiction.
Social media > Fiction.
Murder > Fiction.
African Americans > Fiction.
Hispanic Americans > Fiction.
South Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.) > Fiction.
Genre: Social problem fiction.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Kenton County.


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  • School Library Journal Reviews : SLJ Reviews 2023 April

    Gr 9 Up—Fifteen-year-old Rhea is adjusting to falling for her best friend Malachi and worried about how this romance may impact her other best friend Zeke, as the three friends watch their South L.A. community face gentrification. When Zeke's family begins receiving eviction notices, Rhea devises a bold plan to start a fake gang that will deter the gentrification. This plan starts out innocuous but soon exposes drug deals, murder, and extortion, which are blamed on the nonexistent gang. While the three friends collaborate with other students to advocate for their neighborhood, they also face the harsh consequences of their decisions as they see how far some individuals will go to protect their racist ideals. Full of wonderful BIPOC representation through Rhea and Malachi (Black) and Zeke (Latino), this debut novel will appeal to fans of Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, and Jas Hammonds. This work explores the cost of gentrification on communities of color through much pain and trauma and a little hope. VERDICT A well-written debut that tackles issues of friendship, first love, gentrification, racism, and eviction through a compelling, fast-paced narrative full of suspense, tension, and questions of fairness. Recommended for teens alongside discussions of contemporary issues.—Tracey S. Hodges

    Copyright 2023 School Library Journal.

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