Shaena “Sexcee” Jackson is an author and single mother of 2 boys who has a passion for writing and helping people from her community. Born and raised in Compton California, she was faced with many struggles in her childhood but she never allowed her problems at home to get in the way of her academics. School was always there when neither of her parents were and she fell in love with the idea that she could escape her reality by reading books. She graduated as Valedictorian of her class at Davis Middle School, with honors at Dominguez High School, and on the Dean’s List at Cal State University Dominguez Hills.
Although always on top of her academics and studies, she always had a hidden self-esteem issue that no one knew about except her. She struggled with everything about her physical appearance from her big round eyes, thin sandy brown hair, and especially the color of her dark skin.
Today, she embraces all of her issues and has become a catalyst for encouraging young women everywhere to value their own self-worth with the use of activities that promote positive self-esteem and a healthy attitude towards life.
on Nov. 02, 2013 :
Tran is the ultimate hot shot baseball player with more money than he can count, while his fiancée, Angie, is studying law and preparing to take her BAR exam. In the process of filling out paperwork for the wedding and her honeymoon, she discovers that her birth certificate is false. Having grown up in an abusive Compton orphanage, violent memories start crashing back to surface. Afraid that Tran will no longer love her if she confesses about her abusive past, she turns to her best friend and confidant, Satanya. As Satanya starts to rebel and protest the marriage, Angie tries to push her away. Through many pains and heartaches, Angie must choose between her best friend and her fiancé.
This book starts out with one heck of an explosive beginning and ends in a similar fashion. Sexcee Jackson delivers more dramatic twists and turns than in most Shakespearian plays. This story takes an intriguing dive into the ramifications of childhood abuse, along with the morals and justifications for every decision. Unfortunately, due to graphic nature and crude language this book will not be to everyone’s liking. There are several grammatical errors in the narration and the narration seems to deviate between a neutral point of view and a more character-based point of view. The dialect of the characters is very specific to their Compton background, yet doesn’t seem to match with their chosen careers. Overall, The Devil You Know is a thought-provoking psychological tale.
The author provided a copy of this book for me to review.
This review was originally posted on Ariesgrl Book Reviews website.
(reviewed 7 months after purchase)