Author: Monique Marshall
Diamond is a high school senior, physically fine, very athletic, and at the top of her class in academics. To put icing on the cake, Diamond is "dope girl fresh." Lynne, Diamond's mother, is a single parent, and her older brother, Junior, is the breadwinner. Ten toes down and running, Junior makes more money in one day than Lynne makes in a week. To keep Diamond out of the streets, Junior agrees to deposit $1,000 per month into her college fund as long as she gets straight A's on her report card, stays out of the streets, studies pre-law in college, and never dates a hustler! Diamond is college bound when Champ comes to town. Now she must choose between the future her family planned for her and her love for Champ, a forbidden fruit and hustler. Monique, born and raised in concentrated poverty and the shadows of the old steel mill city of Farrell, Pennsylvania, currently works as an educator and mentor to at-risk youth in Washington, D.C. She holds a BA in sociology from Georgia State University and is currently earning her master's degree in teaching from Bowie State University. Monique is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of today's youth and hopes to prove that no matter how difficult life may be, success is possible with hard work and perseverance.
Diamonds are Forever
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