Middle grade novel set in inner city Philadelphia. Read because of the local factor, and recommendations from book bloggers. In general, it was nicely done, if a bit simplistic for adult tastes. I can definitely see it appealing to the target audience. My main critique is that while I understand that it is important for young men and women to be able to read books with protagonists who talk like them, and that this can be a definite selling point for some reluctant readers, I found the use of inner city dialect in the descriptive passages between conversations to be jarring. Ghetto Cowboy seemed to me almost like G. Neri wrote the book and then went back and translated parts of it into dialect, but wasn't 100% consistent about where exactly each person was from.