In the summer of 1999, Junior (a.k.a. Leonard Gerard Robinson Jr.) is a freshman at Steny College of New York alongside Vanessa Bailey, his desirable girlfriend. Their uncensored romance appears enviable from afar, but the two lovers have an apt for trouble. They brazenly tempt fate between the sheets without protection and move carelessly throughout the book. Junior's eyebrow-raising love life isn't his only concern, however. He often battles with his older sister, Casey, over his responsibilities, and he can barely hold onto his part-time job. Instead, he is obsessed with wooing his Brooklyn-bred lover as his priorities fall to the wayside. The allure of a loving relationship fuels Junior's shortfalls in this romantic tale of adolescence.
Author Nathan Jarelle seduces readers with descriptive storytelling in this scathing sequel to its predecessor. Beyond Poetry: Above & Beyond delivers on every facet of the urban fiction spectrum: romance, comedy, violence, and good old-fashioned drama. The author's use of perfectly timed dialogue is relatable, and his poetry amplifies the dilemma surrounding Junior and Vanessa's love story. Jarelle continues his throwback tour with a pit stop at the tail end of the 90s with charisma and style.
"The dialog is impeccable. I can hear their voices, their New York accents, their emotions. And the sex scenes were splendid. So well done as to be stimulating but never over the top or uncomfortable to read.
Jarelle has a knack for creating scenes and characters so real you feel like the story is a memory of something that actually happened to people you love."
- Amazon Customer