by Lynne Ewing
Reviewed by Nora A.
Lincoln Junior High School, 7th Grade
To begin, The Lure was a highly interesting book. The story is about a fifteen year old girl named Blaise Montgomery, living in the outskirts of of Washington D.C., where drugs and violence are considered a part of everyday life for most of the students at Blaise’s school. To Blaise and her friends, Ariel, Kaylee, and Melissa, they are the only things to use to survive in their town. They turn to gangs for money, love, and safety. Blaise’s only family is her grandmother, and to the both of them, bills are very hard to pay, and money is close to nothing.
When Blaise is invited to join a gang called Core 9, she accepts, because being invited to join the most popular gang is very important to her. Even though she has to be beaten for sixty seconds straight by more than five people already in the gang, she takes the chance. All she can imagine is the power and money she could get, and it would help her grandmother pay the bills. So, this causes her best friends, Rico and Satch, to warn her about the danger she is putting herself in.
When a rival gang start to fight Core 9, Blaise is asked to be a “lure.” All Blaise had to do was to be a bait so Trek, the leader of Core 9, can get revenge on the members of the rival gang. Satch and Rico keep telling her about the dangers of being a lure, but she just can not resist the amount of money she can earn. Trek continues to put Blaise in very dangerous events, and with each passing day, she starts to wake up and realize that she is putting her and her friends in danger. The only way to find out if Blaise continues to be a lure or escapes the gang is to read The Lure by Lynne Ewing!
In my opinion, The Lure was very thrilling. I could not stop turning the pages,because the main conflict immersed me into the story. The descriptions in the story were amazing, even when Blaise had to be beaten into Core 9. I felt like I could visualize every injury and every “lure” scene. There was too much conflict for Blaise, but that was what made me keep reading. I wanted to find out if she ever had solutions to her problems. This book was fascinating to me, because I have never read a book about gangs and violence before. Although this book was fiction, it made me realize that there are things like this happening around the world, and The Lure made me connect the story to real world events. Overall, I feel like Lynne Ewing did a wonderful job on this book, and anyone in eighth grade or high school should definitely read this amazing book.
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