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Have you ever been jumped? Have you ever lay in an alley clinging to consciousness, bleeding to death, knowing you could die where you lay? I have. The streets are a dangerous place; watch over your shoulder while you walk or you may just find out what I'm talking about. Horrors lurk in the shadows, evil prickles the back of your neck, you know someone is watching you, waiHave you ever been jumped? Have you ever lay in an alley clinging to consciousness, bleeding to death, knowing you could die where you lay? I have. The streets are a dangerous place; watch over your shoulder while you walk or you may just find out what I'm talking about. Horrors lurk in the shadows, evil prickles the back of your neck, you know someone is watching you, waiting until you've long forgotten that gut feeling... waiting to catch you off guard. Friends can't help you, although they may try. I watch them fall around me and I wonder how we got here. How did we enter this hell?Nowhere is safe in the neighborhood. Clay and his gang, the Locals, can't walk the streets alone these days. Fighting for everything and nothing at all, the Locals struggle on the streets trying to build a safe life around each other. Haker and his followers, another neighborhood gang, have set a vendetta against them, trying to tear down their protection; but the Locals aren't backing down - they're going down swinging. Clay's life will never be the same when a chain of events turns deadly and leaves all of the Locals changed forever....

Title : It Can Always Get Worse
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ISBN : 15784281
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 328 Pages
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It Can Always Get Worse Reviews

  • Kristin Scearce
    2019-02-27 06:31

    Disclaimer: I won a free e-copy of this book from a giveaway by the author.First of all, I have to say that this is probably not a book I would have picked up off the shelf for myself, had I not won it. However, that being said, I'm glad I got the chance to read it, because it was a really good story. The characters are fleshed out really well, and there were plenty of times where I could definitely picture the scenes in my head, just based on the writing and character descriptions.Clay Cove is in a neighborhood gang, The Locals, with his two brothers and a bunch of their friends. The whole point of their gang is to keep their part of the neighborhood clean and safe, both for themselves and for non-gang-members. However, there are other gangs around, most notably The Hakers, who are violent and push drugs. The Hakers are trying to encroach on The Locals' territory and sell drugs there, and Clay and his group want no part in it. They fight for their turf, but it soon becomes clear just how hard that's going to be.This book gives a very clear depiction of what gang-life could be like, especially in a somewhat-small area. The gangs themselves are not huge, and, The Locals at least, started out as a group of friends that just got tired of how things were going. Not only does the reader get to see the fights, the violence, the drug use, etc., but we also get everything from Clay's point of view: how he feels about his fellow members, his involvement in the gang itself, what living this way has done to him and those he loves. As the story progresses, things get worse and worse, and you can tell that it's starting to break Clay, bit by bit.Like I said, this is probably not something I would have read on my own, just because it's not my usual type of read. But now that I've read it, I'm glad I did, and I would recommend it to those who might live in a "rough" neighborhood, or who work with disadvantaged youth, or just anyone who might like a glimpse into gang life, other than what you see on those "reality" TV shows.5 stars

  • Tara
    2019-02-26 04:36

    I am a fan of Sons on Anarchy and this book reminded me of a lot of that show, but from a younger perspective. There were some parts that I thought dragged, but the last third of the book really picked up the pace. The end is a heart sqeezer for sure!

  • Hannah
    2019-03-06 08:37

    I would probably give this 2.5 stars.To give an overview, it was good for a first novel. The beginning started off rough, but it got much better by the end. The characters were adequately developed, and the story was interesting. I really enjoyed the twists thrown in near the end, and the conclusion was pretty good. This book definitely didn't sugarcoat gang life.One of the only things that I could critique is the writing style. Like I said, for a first book, the writing was actually good. I've read much worse. However, I often found myself confused when reading certain snippets of wording. I had to go back and reread several passages/sentences to completely understand what was going on. The writing seemed to describe more than generate any experience. In some instances, it skipped a description that would have greatly aided in transition. In others, it was way too descriptive. Most of the writing was okay, but there were some irksome moments. :) There were also an uncomfortable amount of typos (all punctuation-related), but that's the editors' faults. In any case, most of the issues I had with the writing occurred in the beginning of the book; by the end, it had developed quite nicely.Another issue I had was the quick, undeveloped romance. It's the plague that often kills most YA books for me. Maybe Mrs. Kurth included this on purpose to underscore the immaturity of many teenagers, but I still didn't enjoy reading about it. I like books that can support itself without the inclusion of some corny teen love. Many authors of today use it like a crutch, trying to add a much needed spark to their otherwise boring book. This book had enough action to sustain itself by itself, so I thought the love a bit unnecessary. At least there was no triangle in this installment. But, back to the point, this girl Dyan wasn't as developed as she could have been. She was pretty Mary Sue-esque, but maybe it's because her character wasn't explored. I would have like to see the author make the book a bit longer and better cultivate the emotions between Clay and Dyan.Finally, I think this book was too similar to the Outsiders. I bet the author drew some heavy influence from the classic. The setting, characters and minor plot points were very similar to Hinton's book. In fact, half way through the book I was believing Clay would kill someone and then skip town with Andy. Thank God the conclusion packed its own unique surprises.To conclude, this book was good, and I think the author has potential. The more experience she gets, the more she'll learn about storytelling and those awesome writing conventions that make the reader's journey more enjoyable. There were moments of genius, and hopefully similar occurrences will become more numerous in future books.

  • Stina Rubio
    2019-03-11 06:49

    SYNPOSIS: Have you ever been jumped? Have you ever lay in an alley clinging to consciousness, bleeding to death, knowing you could die where you lay? I have. The streets are a dangerous place; Watch over your shoulder while you walk or you may just find out what I'm talking about. Horrors lurk in the shadows, evil prickles the back of your neck, you know someone is watching you, waiting until you have long forgotten that gut feeling....waiting to catch you off guard. Friends can't help you, although they might try. I watch them fall around me and i wonder how we got here. How did we enter.this hell? Nowhere is safe in the neighborhood. Clay and his gang, the locals, can't walk the streetus alone these days. Fighting for everything and nothing at all, the locals struggle on the streets trying to build a safe life around each other. Haker and his followers, another neighborhood gang,have set a vendetta against then, trying to tear down their protection; but the locals arebt backibg down- they're going down swinging. Clays life will never be the same when a chain of events turns deadly and leaves all the locals changed forever.REVIEW: This story hit home with me. Even though I haven't been in a gang, I was raised around it. So looking outside my window was like walking into another world. So needless to say i have had my fair share or experience. This book was great it touched on a lot of bases where anyone can relate and feel for these characters. Wanting to get out of the violence but standing your ground because your home is your pride. I had doubts about reading this because I don't lije reading sad things, but it touched me so much i couldn't put it down. The author did a great job weaving a story that rang so true in my heart. I can't wait ro read more by her!I gave it four****stars because its great but not my usual genre! But a touching story.Quotes! I had them until my nook deleted all of them. So i have to look through the book again, sorry Ill update.

  • Cassie
    2019-03-17 04:54

    I cannot tell you enough how much I loved this story, It drew me in from page one. I loved the way it jumped right into the story. I hated the violence, not because it was gory, but for the reason it was depressing. This book was the biggest emotional roller coaster. I was exercising in college this morning finishing this book and I was balling my eyes out. I loved the characters 100%, well that is a lie, I loved the Locals, I hated Haker and his gang. Even though I hated Haker and his gang, the characters were built amazing. I HATE Haker though, and you will soon realize why.Clay- He was by far the bravest of the bunch, trying to keep his self control, he always looked after his family. He did let his anger get the best of him. No lie he reminds me of my Fiance.AJ- Man did he have character, he looked after not only his family but the well being of his friends. He was cool tempered, or at least he could control his.Marty- Man he was protective and in a good way. He stood by what was right.Mark- poor boy :( man this kid was so young and hot headed but a good kid.Fry- I disliked his for his abuse of drugsDyan- she was level headed and could handle just about anything.Nick- He protected so many people and saved them over and over again.Blade- he was a good friend and loyal.All in all this is a tragic, but so realistic story that you will love, one second you'll be cheering, but the next you may be in tears. I want to tell you that this story was very well written and I loved reading every bit.OKAY so I just edited this because my dumb face forgot to write about Andy!!!!Andy- He was a well built character, he always though before he acted and he actually had morals and tried to always do the right thing.I say you should buy today and take the time to read this incredible but tragic story.

  • Beccie
    2019-03-15 08:41

    I received “It can Always Get Worse” from my sister for Christmas. It was the only book of Shandy Kurth’s I hadn’t read, so I was excited to get it. I knew going in that this book was gang related and I wasn’t sure that I’d be able to get into it since I’ve read Shandy’s other gang related book “On the Right Side of A Line”. Boy, how wrong I was. Shandy has a way of pulling me into her stories. I loved that this story revolved around three brothers. It’s not often I find YA books that are primarily male focused. True to its title, things just keep getting worse in the story. These boys, especially Clay, cannot catch a break. I loved AJ’s character. He’s the epitome of what a big brother should be. He’s not exactly traditional, but he’s protective of his brothers and he takes care of those he loves. The action scenes got my heart pounding and that damn ending killed me. Oh Shandy, why did you do that to me =) I really liked the epilogue she added. It finished the story in the way that a ‘based on a true story’ movie would end. I give “It Can Always Get Worse” 5/5 stars. A must read for anyone who loves some YA real life drama. Be warned though, you will be caught off guard.

  • Dawn Cripps
    2019-03-19 02:45

    Shandy L. Kurth will take you on a wild amazing ride in this gripping tail of survival. She teaches us all the lesson, no matter how bad things are it can always get worse. Once I picked up this book, I couldn't put it down till I read the final page! Shandy did a wonderful job putting her story in my mind. I was held on the very edge of my seat till the very end. If your the kind of person that likes a happily ever after story then don't bother with this book. It reminded me of The Outsiders. Her writing style is simple and to the point. I believe teenage boys would very much enjoy this book. It is packed full of nerve racking action. And it teaches that violent it not the answer. Her characters will break your heart and have you aching to help them along their path of pain and terror. I highly recommend this book to people of every age group, I'm am honored to have read such an amazing novel by a very talented author! I applaud you Shandy L. Kurth for a job well done and look forward to reading more of your work.

  • Paula Mccue
    2019-03-11 04:42

    Oh wow, what a book, I loved this story, the writing style was different from Devastation which was a shocker as i expected it to be the same, it was a good shock tho as the book was great.I loved Clay, his family and his buddies, just like devastation it was an intense book, I was on edge alot, I so wanted Clay to get a break from the life he was brought in to. I know this happens and it broke my heart to really think about it.I really wanted them to get a happy ending but I should have known Shandy that there was no way you werent keeping it real, I cried at the ending it was so sad.This is an intense and a very real to life story, you will cry and you will want to jump in and take care of them all, (sniff,sniff) and punch Haker and kill Steve as i wanted too, im still teary writing this, and if you havent read this fab book, well what you waiting for? Go grab it oh and get Devastation while your there cause thats another fab book by Shandy :)

  • Shannon
    2019-02-27 03:47

    This was a fantastic book. It reminded me of The Outsiders as I was reading it but it is more updated. The characters were in a bad situation but still loveable and you could see the good in them even in this terrible place. Now this isn't a happily ever after tale but it is very real and you see why it was written the way it was! I loved that in the end everything is explained. At times it was hard to read but I'm so glad I did because it just stays with you and gets under your skin! It really is that good and I highly recommend it! It was a very quick read and I felt like it was just over too quick!

  • Paige Smith
    2019-03-07 05:28

    As a high school English teacher, I am a sucker for a good young adult novel. This is the third novel I have read by Shandy Kurth, and I have yet to be disappointed. Shandy has a gift of placing her readers alongside her characters, enabling them to feel every emotion.It Can Always Get Worse does have the S.E. Hinton vibe, and in my opinion, just as good. My heart went out for Clay and his gang of Locals. Brotherly love is stepped up a notch in this novel. Even though I had mixed feelings for Haker and his gang, I could easily understand the mayhem and activities in which they were involved. I especially loved the epilogue in this novel. Keep up the awesome writing, Ms. Kurth. You definitely have gained a reader for life!

  • Marjorie
    2019-03-19 06:56

    Given To Me For An Honest ReviewThis book is about brothers who are kept being drawn in to violence. It seems that no matter what they do they cannot achieve anything else. It you enjoyed "The Outsiders" I know you will like this one. At the end, Shandy Kurth has an epilogue to let you know what happens to the characters after the final end. It is a good reading for YA. I do recommend it to all.

  • Lauren
    2019-03-08 01:41

    I absolutely loved this book and think everyone should read it. I was pulled into the story from the beginning and lost myself in this book. The Locals, a local gang, are trying to keep drugs off of their street and end up being over powered. I cried for the people in this book because it is extremely realistic. You know this is going on in real life as we speak. Amazing book, easily a new favorite. WaAR

  • Steve
    2019-03-03 04:52

    I think that It Can Always Get Worse is an excellent read. The character development is fantastic and leaves you truly caring that they survive the beating that they take in the story. The story takes several twists and turns that are unexpected with the finale being more than anyone could expect. I will recommend this story and Author to anyone, including my own family, several of which are currently reading. GREAT JOB and we look forward to more of your work in the future!

  • Amanda
    2019-03-19 07:44

    In this book you see life through the eyes of a gang member whose main goal is to keep the streets safe. The author has a talent at grabbing emotion, shaking it, and throwing it back at you only to snatch it again. This is a thrilling ride even with noted plot, syntax, and grammatical errors. I truly enjoy this author, and highly recommend her work.

  • Kappi
    2019-03-18 02:40

    Once again, Shandy L. Kurth, brings us another great story. Wow, what can I say, I just finished it and I am stunned.She has a knack for character development: you will love them, root for them, and even cry with them, but then she just rips them away from you.Again, like in her book Devastation, she doesn't hold back. I love that about this author and will read everything she writes.

  • Tori Reul
    2019-03-05 04:47

    Great read. I really felt connected to the characters in this story. They are ok guys just trying to survive in a rough neighborhood and keep the streets clean. This book is like a rollercoaster. I loved every minute of it

  • Mary
    2019-03-06 05:33

    This is the first book I read by Shandy Kurth and I loved the story so much! It made me cry so hard and feel so much for the characters! All Signs of a 5 star author!

  • Brian Bigelow
    2019-02-25 05:27

    This book is not really my cup of tea. It was well written, well paced, and edited however, which is why I'm rating it as I am.

  • Shandy Kurth
    2019-03-05 03:45