“Hazardous Choices” by Joseph Rinaldo follows a young African-American who tries to leave his past life in the world of inner-city gangs to become part of the world of college athletics. In his new world, he meets new friends and new experiences, but his world of the past envelops him when he travels home to see his mother. His former gang life catches up with him as he returns to complete his education. In this intriguing, well-written story, the reader is drawn in to the lead character’s double life. The few clichés do not take away the compelling but disturbing underlying message of this excellent book. Four Stars!