"The best way to describe Your Corner Dark
, is to say it’s a stomach-knotter. It’s one of those tales that ties you up, turns you inside-out, wrings you like a wet cloth. Desmond Hall leaves us no choice but to root for Frankie Green, a young man in Jamaica doing everything he can to claw himself out of the bear trap of his environment, that has transformed him, not exactly into a bear, but definitely into more than just a good boy. Take note—Hall is a hurricane of a writer." --Jason Reynolds, author of New York Times
bestseller Long Way Down
"A riveting, fiercely heartfelt and gutsy exploration of one boy's determination to wrest control over his own life, on his own terms. Readers will find it impossible not to root for Frankie as he is confronted with one impossible choice after another. Your Corner Dark
is a memorable and unmissable debut by an author to watch." --Courtney Summers, author of the New York Times
"This is a novel that will be well-received by readers"
— School Library Connection
"Gritty and full of detail about life in Jamaica, this eye-opening novel will allow readers to identify with a teen doing his best in a difficult situation. VERDICT This novel will appeal to readers of Ibi Zoboi’s American Street
and Jason Reynolds’s Long Way Down
— School Library Journal
"Hall offers vivid imagery, genuine dialogue, and a powerfully persistent protagonist in this fast-paced debut."
— Publishers Weekly
"Jamaican-born Hall’s highly readable, well-plotted fiction debut is distinguished by its Caribbean setting and use of Jamaican patois, which provides verisimilitude. These rich details support the story’s appealing characters, making for a compelling read."
— Booklist, Online Exclusive
Hall skillfully positions readers on an ethical edge. A cinema-worthy secondary cast, pull-no-punches posse war scenes, and of course a love interest will keep a diverse readership clutching their books and e-readers.
"A story of family, sacrifice, perseverance, and survival."
— Kirkus Reviews