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The Bad Project

When two girls conspire to try the 'Bad Project', - one of them an unwilling advisor - they're not careful what they wish for. Without wanting to disclose much to readers, things take a different and tragic turn towards the tail end of the book. Further from what Marianne would've wanted to learn,to grow up.

Readers would want to keep on reading to find out what lessons Crystal and Marianne learn with the Bad Project escapades, and also hope that it doesn't affect Crystal's chance of getting the much needed scholarship to ease her Dad's struggle with college fees, after what happened years back in a fit of anger,which has left him struggling financially in raising up his adorable family.

The book also exposes and tries to address the race issue, which is an explosive issue in the US, but again, ironically, these issues are subconsciously brought up by the author.

Apart from Crystal, black characters, just like in Hollywood movies, feel like supporting characters, and in some instances are portrayed negatively.

Sample these, ''..a tall heavyset black girl'' Crystal's mentee. ''..she stood behind a black man with Red Wing boots smeared with ochre mud. He smelled like old sweat.'' Crystal's friend Charles is a drug dealer, just to name a few.

I also have to agree with one reviewer Keith on character and plot development. Characters aren't well developed. Also, there're typos which I believe can be ironed out with good editing.

I would've wished that the book picture model would've been a Crystal, who's the main protagonist. The picture is neither a Crystal (African-American ) or a Marianne ( Chinese ).

All in all, The Bad Project is a book I would recommend people to read.

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Gitura Kihuria

A well written story that could have developed further. It felt like it was starting to pick off when I realized I was on the last paragraph. You should consider expanding the short story to a book or novella perhaps. Overall, I enjoyed reading.

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