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Behind the Hood (Behind the Lives Book 1) (English Edition) di [Hansen, Marita A.]
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Life on the rough side of New Zealand. In this South Auckland neighbourhood where gang culture, drink, drugs, sex and violence is already a way of life, a vicious attack on a teenage girl sparks a ripple effect of revenge and fury. Live the carnage through multiple viewpoints as the tale unfolds to a bloody climax. NOT for the fainthearted.

This novel may be about young adults, but it crosses the line and fixes itself firmly into an adult world. WARNING: Language and sexual references are graphic. (R18)


I was born in New Zealand, where my Behind the Lives series is based, and have lived there for most of my life. I love to write, create artwork (including my covers), coach youth football, and referee the occasional match. In 2012 I will be running my first marathon in Singapore where I am currently living. Apparently I want to die young. Just kidding! Anyway, I'll be back in the land of the long white cloud at the beginning of 2013.

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5.0 su 5 stelle re: Constantly fascinating and heartbreaking melodrama 1 febbraio 2012
Di Matthew Posner - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
See the character on the book cover? That's Tamati, generally known as Tama, a nearly sociopathic young man with a Maori tattoo who is sex-obsessed, violent, and delusional, but loyal to his friends and gang buddies and his family members. He is one of a vast number of viewpoint characters in Marita Hansen's amazing debut novel Behind the Hood. The Hood is a neighborhood in Auckland, New Zealand, where a mixture of Maori, Samoans, and whites try to make their way through lives scarred by poverty, ignorance, infidelity, drugs, and violence. These characters are driven by love, but also by lust. Tama's whole life is divided between sex and gang and family loyalties. The characters who surround him and share the point of the view of the story are equally interesting. Maia, a young girl, is assaulted by Tama, triggering her brother, Nike, who loves his wife, Jess, who is the sexual object of Tama. Tama's cousin Mikey is interested in Maia, and vice versa, but Mikey's mother is a pretty awful person and is bound to get in the way. Jayden married the wrong girl, leaving the mother of his child to get with Leila, who still loves Nike, who only has eyes for Jess, while Leila cheated with Tama. It goes on and on and on this way, with layer after layer of complicated familial and sexual relationships that must inevitably explode into violence.

This book is extremely vulgar and sexual, so it's for adults only, but it's just incredibly fascinating and compelling from the first word to the last. We're early in 2012, but when I look back in the December on the many books I will read this year, I know it will be very high on my list.

There is a new and current popular category called "Ghetto Fiction," among whom perhaps the best of the well-known writers is Coe Booth. Coe Booth can write, but Marita A. Hansen is better. Way better. The New Zealand setting is unusual for American readers, but the passions and problems are the same. Story is a universal quality, and if you swapped out the names and ethnicities here for those found in any other underprivileged neighborhood, it would feel just as moving and just as right.

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5.0 su 5 stelle A gripping, realistic novel 24 gennaio 2014
Di TriciaAnn - Pubblicato su
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This is a novel that grabbed me from the very first page and wouldn't let go. The story takes a brutally honest look at the lives of impoverished young adults and teens from a tough New Zealand neighborhood. The author explores drug addiction, violence, sexual assault, sexual abuse, poverty, gang culture, and the ties that bind families and friends together. While some of these characters are loathsome, many are just victims of life. Some, like Tama, move through life like wild animals, ruled by the desire for drink, drugs, and sex. Others struggle to raise children the best way they know how. This book is realism at its finest. Though the story line is often depressing, there are glimpses of hope.

When I first started reading the book, I thought the story was going to be about the series of events that stemmed from Tama's attack on Maia. And, to an extent, that's what the story is about. But that's not entirely true. For many of these characters, their lives were on track toward a going-nowhere existence long before Tama's lapse in judgment. These characters are immune to violence. It's a way of life. Their lives are rooted in despair, and they are destined for crime, poverty, and tragedy. They have their own moral code and settle their own scores, often reluctant to get the police involved.

But just when you think the book is a long string of horrific events, the author delves deep, introducing us to the real person underneath the persona. We meet Jess--a mother who loves her child and husband unconditionally. Nike--a man who is loyal to his wife and determined to take care of his family any way he can. Mikey--a damaged teen with an unimaginable secret. Rory--a man who, on the surface, is just a do-nothing stepfather, but who steps up to the plate when his family needs him the most. Tama--on the surface, he seems to be lacking a conscience entirely, but we see glimpses of remorse that are hidden beneath a deep seated pathology. Tama is a very complex character who sets this story in motion. I spent most of the book hating him, but there was a tiny part of me that felt sorry for him and wanted him to redeem himself. Not all the characters in this book are victims. We meet characters with moral strength and compassion.

I could probably ramble on about this book all day. I'll certainly be thinking about it for a long time. It's the kind of book that stays with you, that makes you think about nature versus nurture, and whether or not some people are born without or conscience, or some people have it beaten out of them through circumstance. This book is very well-crafted and the writing is flawless, but it is very violent with graphic sexual content. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a serious, thought-provoking read.
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4.0 su 5 stelle Another crazy, intense read from Marita Hansen! 31 maggio 2013
Di LAM - Pubblicato su
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Wow! Another crazy, intense read from Marita Hansen - that's two for two. I liked Graffiti Heaven a little more than Behind The Hood - I just overall liked some of the characters better, and it had Ash in it.
Definitely a nail biter. First I was worried about Maia, and then I was worried about Jesse, and then I was worried about Mikey, and then Nike! While it was intriguing to read from Tama's perspective, I absolutely despised him - I didn't find one redeeming quality in him at all - even when he had a brief flash of conscience poke through, I knew he wouldn't change. He is absolutely delusional! I was really hoping at the end he'd get what was coming to him, but with his connections, it looks like he will be a-ok where he is. Ugh, I'm sure he will cause more mayhem and destruction in future books.
I am really looking forward to the second book in this series, as well as Graffiti Heaven #2. I want to know what happened to some couples, and find out what will happen to others. I was expecting certain couples to be together and was surprised that they were no longer together, and am dying to find out why. I'm also looking forward to reading more about some new, potential couples.
4.0 su 5 stelle Tama 7 settembre 2013
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Yes I totally read this series out of order. I hate to say I might not have read 2&3 if I read this first. But by no means am I saying it was bad. It was all the background on Tama and his deal with Jess and Nike. He really is a POS. His ego is over inflated and he is delusional. He went after Maia, luckily just stabbed her. He raped Jesse and says she wants to be with him. We briefly hear about Sledge, Corey, Naf, Leila, Jaydon, Trey and probably so me more. I understand the way 'gangs' work and this story is a pretty decent depiction of one side. In this crowd it seems like everyone hooks up with each other or everyone hates one another. And it seems like everyone is also related.

Yes, this really wasn't much of a review. Sorry!
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5.0 su 5 stelle Startlingly frank, strong in character 13 febbraio 2012
Di Katherine L. Holmes - Pubblicato su
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Strong in character, persistently at pace, Behind the Hood follows the delinquent Tama after he "cuts" a girl who is hospitalized. His flight from one mate to the girls from his street gang, and finally to the married girl he has wanted, links characters who become invested in the street crime and too often are hospitalized. Tama's sultry but offending sexuality, driving him, builds a plot that entangles too many into a domino of violence.

The book is compellingly written, woven in both descriptive and street dialogue. A startlingly frank narrative, it doesn't glamorize but unfolds into the real consequences of youth violence and self-gratification.
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