"Never Go Home Again" by Shannon Holmes

TITLE: Never Go Home Again

AUTHOR: Shannon Holmes

PUBLISHER: Atria Publishing Group

PUBLISHED DATE: December 28, 2004

ISBN: 978-0743487832

PAGES: 336

Very gripping story about a young man named Corey who starts selling drugs at a young age, and ends up in prison when he's 16 years old. The writing was very strong in this book in a story that I felt I'd seen before, it's very similar to the 2002 urban classic film, Paid in Full.


Corey comes from a good family. He has loving parents and siblings, and is a pretty good kid. His family lives in NYC, and all around him young men are pawns of the drug war and the criminal justice system. Corey's father tries hard to steer his son from the lure of the fast life, but Corey joins his violent friends in selling drugs, and at the age of 16, Corey gets locked up in jail - a place full of misery, violence, hatred, and death. Corey, due to a strong head on his shoulders manages to avoid a lot of the snares many fall into while incarcerated, and returns home a man with promises, a man looking to turn his life around - but also not blind to the lucrative drug trade.


This story was told in the third person narrative. It reads like other popular crime novels with larger than life figures and offering the reader life lessons and wisdom that could be seen as cliche - but people always are hungry to hear.


This book has a very straightforward style. The story is not overly descriptive, yet the writing draws the reader in. The wheel has not been re-written here...it's the classic cautionary tale about a young man who's gone down the wrong path.


From the streets of New York City, Riker's Island Prison, Holmes takes you on the j