Street Smart: The Art of Staying Chill in Tough Situations by Riaz Akhtar & Rakeem Akhtar

Street Smart: The Art of Staying Chill in Tough Situations by Riaz Akhtar & Rakeem Akhtar
Street Smart: The Art of Staying Chill in Tough Situations by Riaz Akhtar & Rakeem Akhtar


Yo, what’s good young’uns! If you’re checkin’ out this book, you probably already know that knife crime in the UK, especially in London, is a serious issue. People losin’ their lives, families torn apart. It’s heavy, man.

We’re Rakeem and Riaz, two bros from the UK on a mission to tackle knife crime head on and show the next gen how to thrive in these streets. Back in 2020, we started our @dsp_uk IG channel, trying to spread the word and make a change, but things didn’t go as planned. But we ain’t quitters, and we’re back with a new plan and a hot new tool to make it happen: this book, straight up fire! We’re giving you the real, no-BS info you need to step up and take control of your life. So let’s do this, you and us, making a difference and leaving our mark on the world!

We’re gonna teach you practical ways to avoid becoming a statistic, cuz let’s keep it real, nobody wants to end up in a bad situation. This ain’t no ordinary book, this is a short and sweet read that’s gonna help you make big changes in your life for the better. We know that life can be tough, and sometimes you feel like you’re stuck in a rut with no way out. But we’re here to tell you that you have the power to change your life and make a difference.

We’ve got tips and tricks that will help you build your confidence, handle peer pressure, and make smart choices. We’ll show you how to stay safe in dangerous situations and avoid getting caught up in the wrong crowd. We’re not gonna sugarcoat things, we’re gonna give it to you straight so you can make informed decisions.

So whether you’re a young person trying to navigate the tough streets of the UK, or you’re a concerned parent or mentor looking for ways to support the next generation, this book is for you. It’s time to take action and make a change.

In memory of all those who’ve been taken too soon, and for all the young people with the potential to make a positive impact, this book is dedicated to you. Let’s make a safer future for all.

My Review:

“Street Smart: The Art of Staying Chill in Tough Situations” dives deep into the pressing issue of knife crime in the UK, particularly in London, offering practical guidance to navigate dangerous situations. However, such crimes are a global issue, making the book relevant all around the world.

The book’s core message is that through proactive strategies, individuals can sidestep tough situations (not just knife crime) and take control of their lives. It emphasizes the importance of making informed choices, building confidence, working on oneself, and resisting negative influences.

Riaz and Rakeem Akhtar’s writing style is refreshingly straightforward and relatable, perfectly suited to connect with young readers. They cut through the noise with a no-BS approach, delivering valuable insights in just 32 pages.

The book provides essential tools for personal safety and empowerment. With 50 invaluable preventative measures and practical tips, quizzes, and real-life scenarios, this book is a game-changer. However, I felt that additional guidance on how to respond when stuck in a knife crime situation would have been even more helpful.

Nonetheless, it remains a must-read for young individuals navigating urban environments and concerned parents seeking to equip their children with crucial life skills.

Happy Reading!!