4 out of 4 stars
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After being released from prison, Amir Moore (Hitta) is shot by a former gang member named Matt Murda. He wakes up in a bedroom in the Royal Estates mansion that belonged to his prison friend, the former drug kingpin, Rolex Rich. He leaves the estate and joins up with his best friend, Ty Peso. They are both head members of the Untouchable Gorilla family. They have 100 men willing to kill and die for them. Now working for Rolex Rich, the two believe they are on their way to earning millions of dollars killing and running drugs for the ex-kingpin. Murda wants to take Hitta and his gang down, Hitta intends to take over the city of New York, and Peso has a dream of becoming a Grammy award-winning rapper. Who will succeed? Can any of them leave their hood lifestyle? Read The Level Up: Bankrolls & Gunplay by Billz to find out.
If you enjoy reading the lyrics to rap music, you will enjoy this book because Billz has incorporated some of them in this book. There are many life lessons to be learned in this book. One of them is that you are a fool if you keep making the same wrong decisions. One bad decision might be a mistake, but not if you keep repeating it. I like that the author portrays the male characters as men who respect their women and believe that no woman should get used to getting beaten up. Billz did a fantastic job with character development and showing that just because someone is part of a gang does not mean they do not have a heart or the potential to better themselves.
One of the biggest negatives in this book is also what makes the book authentic. Throughout the book, the author uses ebonics (Black slang). Some readers may have trouble understanding the dialogue if they are not familiar with ebonics. I was not too fond of the concept that women visit their men in prison, but women prisoners do not get visitors. The ending of this book was a disappointment because it ended with “to be continued” when there was no indication that this book was part of a series.
This action-packed, fast-paced, and well-edited book has five minor errors that a professional editor could have easily overlooked. Overall, this book deserves 4 out of 4 stars. Although readers may dislike certain aspects of the book, these aspects make the book authentic and should not reduce the number of stars awarded.
I recommend this book to mature adult readers familiar with ebonics and who enjoy reading about drugs, murder, and gangs. I do not recommend this book to younger readers because of the non-borderline profanity, erotic sexual content, and its potential influence on young want-to-be gang members.
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