Thursday, June 5, 2014

'The White House' by JaQuavis Coleman

If you want to grab me from the jump with your book, the best way to do that is with sex or violence. ‘The White House’ opens with both so you KNOW my nose was wide open! JaQuavis offers us a solo performance this time out and shorter one as well. What I didn’t know was that this short story is based on real life events.

What we have is a sexy maid who sees an easy way to brick up her bank account. She works for a wealthy couple and she happens upon something one day she shouldn’t have seen. As typical with hood rats, her mind starts to work to plan a way to get that loot. Couple of problems here:

  1. Bitch, did you pay attention to whom you were working for?
  2. Look at the job you have now, did you really think that someone with your brains and “talent” could pull this off?

Judging by the way this story unfolds I would have to say that neither of those questions entered her mind. Now, I’m not mad at Draya for taking advantage of a situation, just at how she did it. I know I’ve seen people on TV who find a substantial amount of money and gave it back. Every time I see something that I wanna echo Dr. Dre on the ‘Chronic’ album and go “Nigga is you crazy!?”

It’s past time for this man to make a withdrawal from the bank of life. Draya thought the same thing and made moves to change that. Stupid moves (dumb as hell moves) mind you, but moves all the same.

I also enjoyed the way JaQuavis told us just enough but didn’t give away who the second person was in the opening prologue. (You remember don’t you? That violent and sex fueled montage?) He drops hints throughout ‘The White House’ and one you think you have the right person BAM that person meets the Grim Reaper. And they do so usually missing a few gallons of blood and a limb or three.

This wasn’t a crime who-done-it but rather a clever telling of a street short story. You’d think that hearing about another street story from JaQuavis would get monotonous. You’d be wrong. Oh there’s your usual brutal violence, revenge, sex, and backstabbing no doubt, but the magic is seeing how he blends that together inside of a story that doesn’t seem recycled.

If you’re looking for a quick read that you could easily do in one sitting, give this one a shot.