Item description for Retraced by Anthony Cuffie...
Overview "Overall, I was really engrossed and desperate to know what happens! This book is good. Anthony's writing ability had me emotionally attached to every page." -Janice Sykes, former researcher for the Arsenio Hall Show Born as a result of rape, Sheyla Patron's life took a tumultuous turn when she witnessed a murder that her mother's boyfriend committed. She is then left alone to live with her grandmother. Sheyla becomes engaged in a fight between her grandmother's imposed Christian values and her own credulous desire to live the wild party life, trying to find love in all the wrong places. Marcus Stunson, a devout Christian, becomes a well-respected basketball player and has college coaches drooling over him. The NBA seems to be a sure bet for Marcus until he falls head over heels for Sheyla, threatening his chance to make millions. Sheyla's focus is bad boys and the high life.Will evil defeat good? This is only the beginning. This cute, yet intriguing story keeps you guessing and on the edge of your seat on an emotional ride. The ending has a dramatic twist that makes you question if LOVE CAN WAIT!
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This book was a great read. I recommend it for anyone with any background. However, the refences to Detroit did make me feel right at home reading it. I loved the leading lady's struggle with her christianity and the ending that teaches us to live each day as if your not promised tomorrow!
Remaining True Nov 17, 2005
RETRACED by Anthony Cuffie is a poignant teenage love story between Sheyla Patron and Marcus Stunson. As the story opens, we witness the rape of Sheyla's mother, Kim. Sheyla is the child born of this rape and the tale that follows is the life of Sheyla being raised by her mother, until Kim abandons her. Eventually Sheyla's grandmother takes her in; this is their story. Marcus is also being raised by his grandmother after the murder of his mother. Because the grandmothers are close friends, these two children form a friendship out of happenstance, grief and pain. As it progresses, living your life for Christ is introduced and showcased, as we follow the two from approximately age seven to nineteen, which are tumultuous times for both.
As they enter into their teenage years, Sheyla becomes a wild child, often fighting against the rules of her grandmother's household. She meets up with female and male acquaintances, who she emulates in an effort to fit in, receive attention and feel loved. Marcus, on the other hand, is an aspiring basketball player sought after by private schools and eventually many colleges. Despite the temptation around him, he does not buck the system and appears to be a model grandson and student. His feelings for Sheyla are genuine, but he does not present the thug mentality or appearance that Sheyla clings to. As such, she writes Marcus off as only a friend but comes to realize his friendship is necessary in her life.
The opening captured my attention and the story is filled with action, but it falls short for several reasons. First, editing is a major issue; poor sentence structure and grammatical errors are rampant. As children, the two major characters spout words that are unrealistic for their age. Some of the scenes the characters find themselves in are improbable. Such as, a teenage thug and his girlfriend rubbing elbows at a major political function. Finally, words are misused. An example of this is, a prenatal test is used to describe a paternity test. The setting the author describes is a vivid portrait of the city of Detroit, and the character development is on point, allowing you to get a sense of the how and why. Finally, the author's showing of the transformation from the temptation of the streets to the acceptance of God is touching, heartfelt and believable. He ends this story with a shocking event that rocks you to the core.
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A Must Read!! Aug 8, 2005
This book had me laughing and crying all at the same-time. Please get you won't be disappointed!
A 2ru Love Story Apr 4, 2005
The characterization in this novel is so vivid that it captures the attention and the heart of readers. This novel highlights the struggles of all the characters, which pulls each of them closer to the Man who created them and gave them strength to endure each struggle.
This novel is especially imperative for teenagers and young adults to read because of the numerous temptations that they are faced with on a daily basis. It's also a good read for adults because it gives them an insight to how they influence the lives of their children and young people in general.
I highly recommend this book for inspiration and encouragement.
A very enjoyable read Mar 10, 2005
It was really a joy reading a novel about an urban romance based in Detroit. This book was entertaining and I found myself up late trying to finish. The characters were ones there were easy to identify with however the author was sure to include unique twists to keep the reader wanting more. I will recommend this book to several people as well as bookclubs that have not had the opportunity to be exposed to Mr. Cuffie's work. Good job and thanks for putting Detroit on the map!