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“The White House is one of my most personal books ever. I took from a real-life situation and told a story that has been Detroit’s secret for years. I’m bringing that to the forefront with my own twist. This venture with Infamous and Akashic feels right...It feels good. They are very in tune with my culture and style of writing which makes this a perfect situation for me.” “The White House is one of my most personal books ever. I took from a real-life situation and told a story that has been Detroit’s secret for years. I’m bringing that to the forefront with my own twist. This venture with Infamous and Akashic feels right...It feels good. They are very in tune with my culture and style of writing which makes this a perfect situation for me.” --JaQuavis Coleman on The White House The White House is based on true events, reimagining the dark chronicles of a notorious drug kingpin’s death, and the unfortunate events that followed. The young heroine Draya lives paycheck to paycheck, laboring as a maid in a luxurious white house. One day, in the course of performing her duties, she is presented with an irresistible opportunity for a quick--and risky--payday. What unfolds in the white house changes the course of her life. Kidnapping, murder, and mayhem lead her--and the reader--through a harrowing and twisting plot to an explosive ending that no one sees coming. Look through the eyes of this young woman and glimpse how a life can forever be altered due to an unfortunate series of events--all touched off in a legendary white house. Infamous Books, curated by Albert “Prodigy” Johnson of the legendary hip-hop group Mobb Deep, is a revolutionary partnership that pairs the Infamous Records brand with Brooklyn-based independent publisher Akashic Books. Infamous Books’ mission is to connect readers worldwide to crime fiction and street lit authors both familiar and new.


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“The White House is one of my most personal books ever. I took from a real-life situation and told a story that has been Detroit’s secret for years. I’m bringing that to the forefront with my own twist. This venture with Infamous and Akashic feels right...It feels good. They are very in tune with my culture and style of writing which makes this a perfect situation for me.” “The White House is one of my most personal books ever. I took from a real-life situation and told a story that has been Detroit’s secret for years. I’m bringing that to the forefront with my own twist. This venture with Infamous and Akashic feels right...It feels good. They are very in tune with my culture and style of writing which makes this a perfect situation for me.” --JaQuavis Coleman on The White House The White House is based on true events, reimagining the dark chronicles of a notorious drug kingpin’s death, and the unfortunate events that followed. The young heroine Draya lives paycheck to paycheck, laboring as a maid in a luxurious white house. One day, in the course of performing her duties, she is presented with an irresistible opportunity for a quick--and risky--payday. What unfolds in the white house changes the course of her life. Kidnapping, murder, and mayhem lead her--and the reader--through a harrowing and twisting plot to an explosive ending that no one sees coming. Look through the eyes of this young woman and glimpse how a life can forever be altered due to an unfortunate series of events--all touched off in a legendary white house. Infamous Books, curated by Albert “Prodigy” Johnson of the legendary hip-hop group Mobb Deep, is a revolutionary partnership that pairs the Infamous Records brand with Brooklyn-based independent publisher Akashic Books. Infamous Books’ mission is to connect readers worldwide to crime fiction and street lit authors both familiar and new.

30 review for The White House

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kya Reed

    The White House by JaQuavis Coleman (3.5) (SEMI-SPOILER REVIEW) I could recall the very first book I purchased and read by Ashley and JaQuavis, ‘The Cartel’, when it first came out. Since then, I supported their craft. Writing either as a dynamic couple, or independently, I have always respected their ambition in the literary world. When reading an author’s work they have penned, regardless of the genre, I try to see if there is a story behind the words. I try to see if there is an underlined The White House by JaQuavis Coleman ♥♥♥ ♡ (3.5) (SEMI-SPOILER REVIEW) I could recall the very first book I purchased and read by Ashley and JaQuavis, ‘The Cartel’, when it first came out. Since then, I supported their craft. Writing either as a dynamic couple, or independently, I have always respected their ambition in the literary world. When reading an author’s work they have penned, regardless of the genre, I try to see if there is a story behind the words. I try to see if there is an underlined message. Does these statements make any sense to you? If not, let me put it in a much simpler way; there is always a story behind the story. The message is beyond the words and only those who have experience something similar or know of someone who may have will only relate. Some stories have a second memo and some don’t. This story did. With that been mention, I think I got the second coating of the story the author is trying to hint, that is - - In life some of us are dealt a better hand of cards than others. Don't trip. Irrespective of the cards dealt to you, it’s how you play the game of life that overall determines if you win or lose. Don’t fold. Keep praying and playing the game even if it seems like you’re losing in the beginning. Don’t renege. You may just be surprise of the outcome. In this short-lived, but rapid novella, the message is straightforward - - Every action has a response. Usually the comeback is equal to the deed, good or bad, no other option. Karma in this story is definitely ruthless. No fairy tale ending, just like reality sometimes. Every so often good people say and do things, and to a person on the outside looking in, would think their foolish, dumb, just plan ole stupid. The storyline, foreseeable, but still a great story. The character expansion, lack depth, just a tad. On the other hand, still a tale I would recommend for those who direct genre is Street/Urban/Heist. Looking forward to JaQuavis Coleman, next full novel, Black Wall Street. Keep the ‘Infamous’ books coming OWL.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Natasha potts

    this book had me on the edge of my seat the characters where so realistic I felt like I was reading a movie this book deserves 10 this book had me on the edge of my seat the characters where so realistic I felt like I was reading a movie this book deserves 10☆

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany Reads

    Every so often I like to read a “street-lit” book and so recently I read The White House by JaQuavis Coleman. It is the story of Draya and basically what she will do so her brother can go to college. I was ok with that premise, but how she went about it was so very predictable. While the book was a very quick read since it is only a novella, the predictability of it all made me overjoyed it was so short. I mean two kids from the hood, with no parents, they are good people but get themselves into Every so often I like to read a “street-lit” book and so recently I read The White House by JaQuavis Coleman. It is the story of Draya and basically what she will do so her brother can go to college. I was ok with that premise, but how she went about it was so very predictable. While the book was a very quick read since it is only a novella, the predictability of it all made me overjoyed it was so short. I mean two kids from the hood, with no parents, they are good people but get themselves into bad situations. Haven’t we heard this all before??? Plus, the brother (June) gets into the University of Michigan with a 2.8 GPA but there is no mention of him doing extracurricular activities or being an exceptional athlete, so I highly doubt this is possible. The writing was elementary at best and and the characters were one-dimensional. The one positive is that there was one part that I definitely did not see coming. If you are looking for an introduction to the street-lit genre with a book that is quick to read then I would recommend The White House.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nikinnia Smith

    This was a great book. It had so much action for such a short read. Jaquavis never disappoints. This book is about Draya, a woman who will do whatever it takes for her brother to go to college. She, her brother, and his friend plan to rob her employers while they are away. Of course things go horribly wrong. The robbers find out that fast money is not good money.

  5. 4 out of 5

    RJ

    This was a quick read but a page turner indeed, liked everything about this book. Recommend to add to your list to read. The love thing going in here was good, too bad it had to end. She was trying to make her brother a better life, by any means necessary, and it cost them all theirs. Well Done, Mr. C!

  6. 5 out of 5

    tameka hayes

    EXCELLENT READ!!!!!!! I've been a huge fan of Ashley & Jacquavis for years and they amaze me with each book they write,whether it's collectively or individually you will never be disappointed & you'll definitely get your money's worth.

  7. 5 out of 5

    rick blackmon

    great great I don't usually do short stories but this book was very good.it kept me wanting more. great job.a goooooood read......

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lesa Divine

    I enjoyed this short story. Karma is a b**** Draya was out to get money the quick way to help get her brother in college. Robbery goes wrong and Karma comes after her. A enjoyable read by JaQuavis.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ka’leneReads

    What a Birthday Gift

  10. 4 out of 5

    Shanae

    A very short and quick "read," this was entertaining. The audiobook is only about 3 hours long.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Natasha

    For a short story, it definitely packed just enough details and didn't leave me feeling like it was rushed. Very good listen! And the narrator definitely kept me listening and entertained!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tonya Johnson

    Awesome!! Everything I read from him and his wife gets me caught up!! I love the emotion, action and storyline!! True story tellers.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lowry

    I liked this book. Fast-paced. Wish it would have been a full novel.

  14. 5 out of 5

    mrskhodak

    Interesting; held my attention. Ready for the 2nd in the trilogy.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Starsz

    Great read! JaQuavis did not disappoint! Too bad it wasn't longer.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Diana Llovely

    It was over in a blink of an eye. But it was a good story. Karma sure know how to come back around.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sistar Tea

    Karma Is A Witch I am almost ashamed to admit that this is my first read by this author. I have heard nothing but great things about his work, and he showed and proved the compliments are noteworthy. I will definitely have to check out some of his full length titles. The streets are a dog eat dog world. Either you come up or get left behind. Draya is trying to make heads or tails with the scraps she has been given. After the death of her mother, she is left to take care of her younger brother Karma Is A Witch I am almost ashamed to admit that this is my first read by this author. I have heard nothing but great things about his work, and he showed and proved the compliments are noteworthy. I will definitely have to check out some of his full length titles. The streets are a dog eat dog world. Either you come up or get left behind. Draya is trying to make heads or tails with the scraps she has been given. After the death of her mother, she is left to take care of her younger brother June. While June is no saint, he has a good head on his shoulders and is college bound. Hence the issues, she has to figure out how to pay for his college education. While at work in the big White House she sees something that will change her life and give her a way out. What follows is a fast paced quick read that will leave you saying, "Wow that's different." At times I was rooting for Draya and others times I was like, "What the hell she need to get it." The events we are following is like a movie playing out in front of our eyes. I look forward to reading more from this author. SiStar Tea ARC Book Club Inc. 4 star rating Dec 2014

  18. 5 out of 5

    BEAUTIFUL MEEKA

    HomeRun!!! When I tell you The WhiteHouse is an awesome fast paced read you are totally missing out if you having took the time out to read it.. JaQuavis being street Lit to a whole other Level. You can help but be ready for page after page of some of the Realest stuff you would ever read. It's gives you the feeling of Donald Goings writing you are the actual character. If you don't get that feeling you aren're really reading. The story gives you the true meaning of KARMA. If you need to know the HomeRun!!! When I tell you The WhiteHouse is an awesome fast paced read you are totally missing out if you having took the time out to read it.. JaQuavis being street Lit to a whole other Level. You can help but be ready for page after page of some of the Realest stuff you would ever read. It's gives you the feeling of Donald Goings writing you are the actual character. If you don't get that feeling you aren're really reading. The story gives you the true meaning of KARMA. If you need to know the definition of KARMA don't use The dictionary Read The WhiteHouse by my favorite author JaQuavis Coleman. Now go and one-click I can't give you a spoiler Just Trust Me #tamikaiam #teamOwl #addicted

  19. 4 out of 5

    Bunnita (Worth Reading It?)

    Great book. It is everything the summary states. Full of twists and turns. The main message of the book is that sooner or later karma will come back to settle things so think carefully about the decisions you make. It's good for those you love street lit. But this is not full of the typical street lit themes. There is a clear direction that this novel takes and the usually drama is avoided as it wouldn't have help this story plot. Also this is a short book. A week at the longest. two days Great book. It is everything the summary states. Full of twists and turns. The main message of the book is that sooner or later karma will come back to settle things so think carefully about the decisions you make. It's good for those you love street lit. But this is not full of the typical street lit themes. There is a clear direction that this novel takes and the usually drama is avoided as it wouldn't have help this story plot. Also this is a short book. A week at the longest. two days average. One day for a fast reader. Worth Reading It? *arc book

  20. 5 out of 5

    MZURAQT

    Draya is a young girl who had to grow up early to provide for her brother.After responding to an ad in the newspaper for a maid position,she began's working in The white house.When she receives a letter that her brother has been accepted to the college of his dreams,she knows it grind time to pay for tuition.One day she lucks up on a chance of a lifetime to hit big but we all know nothing goes as planned. Fast paced read. I enjoyed the story line. Although it was quick it was well developed.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Diane Rembert

    The White House is a story which edifies the word KARMA! Drama was struggling to take care of herself and her younger brother June by working two jobs. In hopes of sending June to college, she plots on The White House. What was supposed to be an easy lick turned into pure destruction. As always, I enjoyed the creative mind of the a author, and I'm glad he chose to share this story, which is based on true events, with us. For the naysayers that complain about the length, it's called a novella for The White House is a story which edifies the word KARMA! Drama was struggling to take care of herself and her younger brother June by working two jobs. In hopes of sending June to college, she plots on The White House. What was supposed to be an easy lick turned into pure destruction. As always, I enjoyed the creative mind of the a author, and I'm glad he chose to share this story, which is based on true events, with us. For the naysayers that complain about the length, it's called a novella for a reason.

  22. 4 out of 5

    2Bossay 2Bossay

    I finished The White House, and as expected it was a goody. It was gritty, grimy, & gangsta just like I like it. I figured out a few things before the ending, but that didn't take a way too much from the story. It was fast paced from the gate, and nothing was long, drawn out, and boring like some of these other books that are out. If you're an Ashley & Jaquavis fan, I would highly recommend adding this little gem to your collection. You won't be disappointed.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ericka Dior

    I am in lve with all of Ashley and JaQuavis books. This book took me literally two hours to read and that was because I had to stop and take a break and absorb exactly what I had just read. It is so mesmerizing the words jump off the page and bring you straight into the world of the characters. Never have I found an author that makes me believe these characters actually exsist. That speaks to the gift of this dynamic duo.Amazing Job! I am in l♡ve with all of Ashley and JaQuavis books. This book took me literally two hours to read and that was because I had to stop and take a break and absorb exactly what I had just read. It is so mesmerizing the words jump off the page and bring you straight into the world of the characters. Never have I found an author that makes me believe these characters actually exsist. That speaks to the gift of this dynamic duo.Amazing Job!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Denise Gilliam

    OMG I'm so mad that I waited so long to read this book. It was fast paced from page one. I love this book JaQuavis you did you thang with this book. Karma is what I got out of this book. It might not get you but it will come back a get you worst then you ever expected it too. I was wishing it was more because this was a very good story. 5 star banger will not be disappointed in this book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Yes! All I can say, is KARMA. She real, and she's a bitch. He was so in love with Draya he couldn't even watch what happened, but a statement had to be made. I just couldn't believe she wouldn't think he'd know. Blink was a grimy mf, and was never a real friend.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dee Cherry

    Quick easy read with good storyline & content.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Maya B

    a short story that was predictable and there were not any shocking moments

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dr. Nic

    This was a nice quick read but it wasnt what I was expecting. I did not know initially that this would be such a short story. I still love JaQuavis and all his books though.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bridget Bray

    Great quick audio listen!! Pulls you in right from the start.

  30. 4 out of 5

    April

    A quick & entertaining read. Draya wants a better life for her & her little brother June, but at somebody else's expense. She will definitely learn that you reap what you sow!!

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