What an amazing and heartfelt story. It's so real, touching on emotions, stereotypes and life that people see every day. Pen and Xander is a story that brings not only two people together, but also a community. It's a story that touches on the hardships that people deal with, the real factors that make up every day life for some people. It was a well written story and easy to follow. I enjoyed the back and forth between point of views, giving us an even playing field of knowledge about and through the two main characters eyes. I hope that future books from Laekan Zea Kemp will bring us back into this community, this neighborhood and we can see what Pen, Xander and the rest of the 'family' is up to. I can happily say that I couldn't put this book down and I can't wait to see what else this author has to offer!