A DELINQUENT MEMOIR
When Gigi’s parents divorce, she views the splitting of her large family as an adventure; eight people living in a small house has become too stuffy for a curious 12-year old. Under the naive impression that the split will give her more time with Ma, Gigi quickly realizes that she is less of a priority than boyfriends and booze.
After the death of a close friend and being rejected at her new school, she befriends kids from a neighboring town only to be violently thrust into an explosion of racial tensions: these new friends are black—high treason in an all white community.
Set in the Midwestern 90’s, A Delinquent Memoir begins with her subsequent journey into the juvenile justice system’s labyrinth. Gigi’s present tense testimony allows readers to retrace the pitfalls that initiated her descent and the surprising reasons why she prefers prison over home.