Though a work of fiction, The Green poses a situation that I could see actually happening. When one is poor, both adults and children look at ways to earn more of what they need; money. When jobs are scarce many may even turn to selling drugs. This is what happens to Seventeen-year-old Ariceli (Ari) Pisa.
Wanting her daughter to have the best possible education, Ari's mother moves closer to Cambridge High School. With an education there, Ari's dream of attending Northwestern University could be a strong possibility.
Ari is a well rounded student. She's a cheerleader, a member of the National Honor Society, and; after she finds out that her brother has been giving his mother money for rent, she becomes a drug dealer selling premium quality weed for $375/oz.
Though selling drugs earns her enough money to help out with the rent and gives her more to save, it does have its downfalls. With a new boyfriend, homework, practice, and volunteering it is hard to meet all of her deliveries and get enough sleep. At least she's not dealing in Cambridge where she may be seen by someone she knows.
Everything goes to hell in a basket one evening when at her best friends party. After seeing her best friend and her boyfriend kissing, she runs into the hands of her boss. Ari's brother shows up, shots ring out, Ari is hit, and someone dies.
Love, Loss, and difficult decisions make for an amazing story. Well written and easy to read, I have become an instant fan.
4 of 5 stars
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