Life is seldom easy for a teenager, and when that teen has to grow up in Washington, DC, life can be hell. In It Ain’t Easy, a collection of short stories by Kesia Alexandra, the reader is shown what life is like in that part of the city that’s not monuments and government buildings—from the gritty streets of some of the poorest parts of the city to the privileged halls of its prestigious private schools.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my review. The author writes with amazing insight for one so young, with gritty dialogue that takes you into the mind and heart of the subject. From a young woman, a single mother, caught up in a tax cheating scam to get by to a scholarship student in an upscale private school embroiled in the he said, she said turmoil of allegations of sexual misconduct, she shows us the part of Washington that definitely ‘Ain’t Easy.’
Despite a few formatting glitches and grammatical and spelling gaffes, this is a delightful collection that showcases a young writer with promise. I give it three and a half stars.