No Boyz Allowed
by Ni-Ni Simone
True story: 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...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 31st 2012 by K-Teen/Dafina
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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
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
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.
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
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