Too Real To Be Fake

Too Real To Be Fake is a novel about gangs in Newark, New Jersey. It follows Mally G as he learns how to navigate street life, which affects his family, his friendships, and his freedom. Too Real To Be Fake is built around the geography of the city, a place where your neighborhood merges with your livelihood. Mally G comes to find out that the more things appear fake in the streets, the more he must remain real.

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Naeem Kearney

Author Biography 

Naeem Kearney was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey. He has been in and out of jail since becoming affiliated with gangs around the age of fifteen. He is currently incarcerated, though he’s left that lifestyle behind to focus instead on spiritual growth and mental freedom.
Naeem is known for his music, most notably for Welcome to Murdaville (2005), which was released under his street name Na Blood. Since then, he has written a novel entitled Too Real to be Fake (2015). That book was published under his publishing company Real Right Publishing. He also opened a local clothing store and music studio with his family the following year.
Right now, Naeem is preparing to release the second Too Real to be Fake novel and writing his next book. He can be reached at

Customers Reviews

Great Read

5.0 rating
November 18, 2019

Good read gives you a feel of the hood. Insight on how they think and why they make the decision they do. Can’t wait for part 2.

Brittany Ransome

Great Read

5.0 rating
November 18, 2019

I love this book! Must read gives you insight on how men in the streets think. Also gives you a feel for the hood and the decisions some have to make to survive

Brittany Ransome

Exactly as Described. Too real.

5.0 rating
December 6, 2018

A whole genre has emerged around intellectualizing the dangerous and rigged avenues of this country where too many young people fall prey to cyclic violence and lack of opportunity. This book participates in that without compromising on the reality. And it’s not a book about the authors childhood, looking back, now that he’s gone to university and is educated and can really see. This is a book of looking around and seeing. It’s written by a person who still lives in his community. Looking forward to book two.

Gregory Iannarella

Keep up the good work. Can't wait for part 2

5.0 rating
August 2, 2018

I read the book in one day. Dope Book. Keep up the good work . Can’t wait for part 2.

Haneefah Webster

Just Kee

5.0 rating
April 10, 2018

Aw man, I couldn’t put this book down. I gotta read part 2 !!! Im on amazon now looking it.


This book is an eye opener to ppl out in these streets

5.0 rating
November 10, 2017

This is a message to the gang members and others letting them know they could change their lifestyle by doing positive things.

Sandra Arrington

Five stars

5.0 rating
November 6, 2017

Excellent read

Amazon Customer


5.0 rating
October 16, 2017

This book was bomb. Now on to number 2. I just hoping that Mally G gets out the game with his life

angla pruitt

This book is indeed Too Real to be Fake!

5.0 rating
December 24, 2015

This is hands down a book that I highly recommend to be read by Newark’s inner-city youth — especially by the young men who find themselves caught up in the street lifestyle. The author provides descriptive accounts of what actually happens in the lifestyle along with the consequences that often result of said lifestyle. The imagery was impeccable and I was able to relate by the notable city mentions throughout the book. This truly was a good read and I’m anxious for part 2!

Yolanda Williams

One of the best books I've read

5.0 rating
October 15, 2015

All I’m going to say is where’s part two! I really had to force myself to put it down so I wouldn’t be done so fast. Loved it

Amazon Customer

Loved It!!!

4.0 rating
October 6, 2015

Naeem’s debut novel will catch your eye from page one and leave you wanting more! The message to the youth that glamorize the street and gang life is this: It all looks good until your freedom or life is taken away from you…in the blink of an eye!

Diamonds Literary World

Too Real To Be Fake

5.0 rating
August 15, 2015

This book was 🔥 once I started reading it I couldn’t stop…this book shows that these streets don’t love you and the streets will break you…big ups to Na Blood tho he did his thing with this book I can’t wait until part 2


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