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No Boyz Allowed

4.49 of 5 stars 4.49  ·  rating details  ·  430 ratings  ·  31 reviews
I’m Gem, G-E-M, like a precious jewel, and my life has been nothing like my name. I’ve been on my own since I was nine and now I’m sixteen. But so what. I’m good, and so is my little brother. So why the state won’t let us do our own thing is beyond me. Instead, we’ve been forced to live with a foster family who wants to love us, but I’m not beat—I’m just trying to do me.

Published July 31st 2012 (first published January 1st 2012)
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Just finished pulling an all nighter with this one and boy was it worth it. Ni-Ni did not diappoint this book managed to get my heart beating faster and I was just in love with Cousin Shake, lol, in a way I have missed him, I would love to have seen just a little more into Toi's life, or even just a little more mention of Seven but all in all it was good and I loved it. Good job simone, now its back to waiting for the realease of your next master piece. How I felt about Ny'eem
Keanna Lewis
I love Ni-Ni Simone books, becuase hse tells it like is and is real with real life situations.
Katie/Doing Dewey
Would you pick up a book with a misspelling in the title? Even an intentional one? Usually I wouldn't, but the cover blurb was written in the main character’s voice and it pulled me in at once. It sounded like a real girl talking and a strong-willed, witty girl at that. No Boyz Allowed is a pretty typical high school drama, focused on fitting in, making friends, and dating boys. It's clearly intended for young women of color, starting with a really beautiful poem called "Brown Beauty", but race ...more
Romancing the Book
Reviewed by Valerie
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Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

I absolutely love how Ni-Ni Simone connects with her readers. Here’s an example from this book’s dedication:

To the Gems of the world–know that as long as there is God, there is Love, And wherever there is love, there is always hope. And wherever there is hope, there is always the ability to be anything you want to be!

How powerful is that dedication to teen readers? Very. Then she starts the
Shantaneishia Hunley
I loved this book, Ni Ni Simone is one of my favorite authors. I've read many of her books, and this one happens to be my favorite. I love the characters Gem, Ny'eem, Cameron ( Popcorn), and Amir (Man-Man), I loved those characters. Cameron reminds me of myself, she's loud, fun and full of no worries. Gem is a strong female character, she's been taking care of her and her little brother, since her mother been addicted to drugs. Then came this family that took them in. I also loved Cousin Shake, ...more
Gem has been on her own since she was a little girl. She and her little brother have been shuffled around the foster care system for as long as she can remember, and she’s tough as a result of it. When she and her brother Malik are put into a house with a family that seems to genuinely care, Gem rebels. Then she’s reunited with an old friend and starts up a relationship with a seriously cute guy, and things go from complicated to even worse. Can Gem stay true to herself, learn to trust other peo ...more
My first Ni-Ni Simone title. They are SO popular in the high schools I wondered what the hype was all about.
There was some dialogue I missed totally but tried to use my context clues. Shall we say generation gap?

omg , I love gem and ny'eem , I really thought he was with kamani for a minute . They are so cute , and pop is most definitely my favorite , and cousin shake is just the funniest .
Kanesha Lawson
I didn't get a chance to finish but what I've read so far has been good. Gem and her brother are have been in foster care every since there mother chose crack over them. Now, they are moving to a new foster home because once again Gem's attitude has gotten them kicked out but they have some neglected by some foster parents so its not all her fault. She really doesn't like Cousin Shake because he's and old school fool with a touch of Mr. Brown (Tyler Perry character) style. Oh yeah his wife is li ...more
No Boyz Allowed is about a young girl named Gem, like the jewel except her name is not a representation of her life. With her dad gone and her mom addicted to drugs she and her brother have bounced from foster house to foster house. When all things start to go good and she reunites with an old friend and finds herself adjusting to her new family and life. Just when things get better she falls for a guy who is supposedly dating one of her friends. And in there click the one rule is no boys are al ...more
This was a Great book i L-O-V-E-D it Hers a summmary: Gem is andfoster kid cracked head girl with only one thing to hang on to 'her bri=other;that is until she meet Her new family and boyfriend while Gem struggles to relise that she meets up when an old time friend . When LOTS of drame statrs up she learns that they all got her babck
I think my students will enjoy this too. The main character has moved from foster home to foster home with her little brother when finally she lands into a family that is just what she needed. She has drama, falls for guy, plays basketball, and learns to let go of the pain that life brings.
Family we all have them. But what is it like to be a teenage foster kid, with a little brother you want to keep in your life. Hard and impossible to image. But the author makes the life of this talented beautiful and gifted young girl come alive. Good clean real life read.
Jodi-ann Morgan
I really enjoyed this book. It was full of humor and challenges of a teenage girls life with her friends. It also constantly leaves you wondering what is going to happen next then surprises you with an unbelievable situation
I enjoyed this book! A quick read for me. If it weren't for goodreads I never would've heard of this one. Now I will definitely look out for more of her titles.
**The publisher sent me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review**

I will follow with a full review after reading it.
Keniesha Mccoy
This book truely had me crying i love this womans book this just not the only book that had me crying
I love Ni-Ni Simone books, because she tells it like is and is real with real life situations.

Great book . Kind of felt cheated with then end though . But great book !!!
Nina Ali
May 21, 2013 Nina Ali marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This is the first selection of the Precious GEMS Foundation for Young Women book club.
Amina Ikpefua
I am probably going to enjoy this book when it comes out in August.! :)
Michelle Washington
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Apr 11, 2014 Chris added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: won
this really is a good book
Jan 12, 2013 Chasadi marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
good book
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