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Three girls. Three high schools. Three gotta-read stories. How To Be Down by Felicia Pride

When Nina Parker decides to straighten her Afro, lose her valley-girl accent and get a total makeover for her new school in the hood, the cutest guy notices--"yes!" But so does the meanest girl, Vivica, queen bee of her crew, who wants Jeffrey for herself.

Double Act by Debbie Rigaud

Paperback, 393 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Kimani Press
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How to Be Down

Originally reviewed - 4/16/08

I started reading How To Be Down with many reservations in mind. After reading Gettin' Hooked by Nyaomi Scott I was a little nervous not about the story plot-- if I was I wouldn't be writing this blog post. I was nervous about the author's use of dialogue. Wondering if Felicia Pride captured the vernacular of the kids, and if she did was it used in the right context. Well, I'm happy to say, "Yes she did". Reading the dialogue of this story made me feel
The Hallway Diaries had three stories about three girls dealling with different delemmas. The story that I liked the best was "The Summer She Learned To Dance." This story is about a girl Giselle who is rich and lives in a big mansion. One day while at the dinner table her dad announced that her cousin from the Dominican Republic will come to visit them. At first Giselle seemed excited to meet family from her mother's side sinse her mother died. When her cousin arrived she started to regret seei ...more
Jul 13, 2010 Dymond is currently reading it
Well I Just Started Reading This Book And So Far I Think Its Very good.The So Far One Of The Short Stories In The Book Is About A Girl Name Nina.Nina Parents Moved Her From Her Nice Suburban Neighbor(rainheaven,new jersey to The Ghetto Streets of MapleWood Balitmore.In The Part Of The Story Nina Is Talking About HOw Her Family Thinks She An Expert On White Folks BEacuse Of Where She Lived.Nina Also Meets A Girl That Moved Into Her Parents ApartMent Builiding Name Vicia.Right Now Vicia And Nina C ...more
The kimani tru series for anyone. It's meant for people trying to fit in, having backstabbing friends, and learning to be yourself. Felicia Pride's character, Nina Parker just moved from New Jersey to Baltimore. She is being jugded for not being 'black' enough Will she change or will she continue to be herself? . Debbie Riguard is an amazing author. Mia Chambrs is an A+ student. She is getting transfered to a new school. Is she a trader or becoming a new person? And last but not least,Karen Vale ...more
Sep 11, 2011 Quonnetta added it
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This book is three books in one I'm on the first book its called How To Be Down its about a girl who is from New Jersey then she moves to some where else.The place that she lives now her parents own the apartment that they live in a girl that's from the neighborhood moved in their building her name is Vivica she's popular,mean and too grown.

Nina and her new friends are doing okay they are trying to teach her how to be a black girl because they said she act like a white girl. Nina is getting the
Felicia Pride is a very smart and dedicated person. I've met and worked with her and she is a great person to be around. This was a good story that i read. All of them were.
When Nina changed her style and then starts to attract good looking boys and Vivica starts to notice but she wants Jeffrey all to her self. But he;s falling for Nina. But only if she can take the pressure of being her self.

In the hood, Mia Chambers is the "smart girl," but at her new prep school, she hardly stands out. So Mia
A good friend and author, Sylvia May, told me about Debbie Rigaud - an author who is now living in Bermuda. These two authors now get together for writing sessions, working on each of their own writing projects separately but in the same room.
I enjoyed her short story - Double ACT - told from the perspective of an African-American girl who finds herself attending an almost all white private high school, but still wanting to keep in touch with her friends from her neighborhood.
Three novellas about three different girls trying to adapt to new circumstances in their lives. The first two are snappily-written chicklit with appealing heroines. The last one is a dud, amateurishly written and full of cliches.
Dec 30, 2009 Jamika rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all girls
Recommended to Jamika by: the librarian
What i learned from this book is that high school is tough but when you have friends who always have your back it will be easy to go on to the next level.
Kia Howard
This book....
Was well this book. Not anything I really enjoyed or was just glued to.

Dec 20, 2012 Sierra added it
this book was the best. I love the stories and for once I could really relate to the books.
being n highschool is a changle too kep yo a game up high for these
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Aug 28, 2009 Ms. LaPorte marked it as to-read
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Mrs. Williams favorite Summer 2009 read.
Kerri Jean
Good. Not bad. It did have a great moral message.
Mrs. Williams' top pick from summer 09.
Good book if your looking for drama.
this was the best one i read so far
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Felicia Pride is a writer, literacy advocate, and hip-hop baby. Shes the author of the forthcoming books: The Message: 100 Life Lessons from Hip-Hops Greatest Songs (Thunders Mouth Press, October 2007); Everybody Hates First Girlfriends (Simon & Schuster, September 2007), a chapter book in the book series based on the award-winning television show Everybody Hates Chris; and coauthor of the you ...more
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Patterson Heights The Message: 100 Life Lessons from Hip-Hop's Greatest Songs Everybody Hates School Politics (Everybody Hates Chris) Everybody Hates First Girlfriends (Everybody Hates Chris) To Create: Black Writers, Filmmakers, Storytellers, Artists, and Media-Makers Riff on Art, Careers, Life, and the Beautiful Mess in Between

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