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A Girl Like Me

4.58 of 5 stars 4.58  ·  rating details  ·  960 ratings  ·  88 reviews
Featuring teenagers in an urban high school setting dealing with contemporary issues, this novel from a fresh, hip, new voice in urban fiction delivers a sizzling teenage drama about love, life, and coming of age in the hood.
Paperback, 279 pages
Published December 1st 2008 by K-Teen/Dafina (first published January 1st 2008)
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Allison, Kawalec.
I chose to read this book because when iread the back cover it sounded very interesting. This book was realistic fiction. This story took place in New York. The main character was a beautiful youn girl who had a voice like keisha cole. And, was very grown and mature for being only 17. Her mother was a crack adict so, she was responible for taking care of her two younder brothers and two younger sisters who were twins. She cared about them so , much. But, one night she entered a radio contest and ...more
Miggyrow
Dec 28, 2010 Miggyrow rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Girls in need of a good modern fairytale
When most teens are busy thinking about boys and make-up, Elite is busy trying to raise her brothers and sisters. Her mother, a crack addict surrendered to her the role of surrogate, a role Elite never complains about though she wishes sometimes for a normal life. Her life changes suddenly when she wins two tickets for her idol's show, and in true fairytale fashion, she meets the love of her life, ascends socially, almost loses it all but finds a way to keep it all together at last.
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Nardsbaby Reader
Oct 13, 2009 Nardsbaby Reader rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Teens
Shelves: teens
Lose Yourself

Unlike most teens that Elite knows, she's the mom in her family, while her mom is busy being a crack-addict. Elite doesn't really mind taking care of her siblings and being so responsible, however, she does wish just once she could be a normal teen.

With a voice like an angel and a plan to win tickets on Hot 102 so she can be front and center with Haneef, her major crush, Elite is too embarrassed when her mom breaks her down on the air. Luckily, her girl Naja hooks the station up wi
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Kelela Taufa
This is my very 1st book that I read, and let me tell you I LOVED it. I know for some of you GUYS wouldn't like it! I would have to say this is more like a CHICK FLICK type book! But this girl on the cover Elite has a lot of struggles in her life with her family, and annoying boyfriend! Well this girl Elite is a really beautiful girl with an AMAZING voice and she enters this contest where she gets to meet her favorite singer in real life so when she's at his concert he invites her to sing with h ...more
Lourdes
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Anayeli♥
Dec 20, 2010 Anayeli♥ is currently reading it
Recommends it for: all the girls
Recommended to Anayeli♥ by: Nobody
Shelves: done-with-book
I choose to read this book because by the title it sounded like a good book and i read the 1st page and i read the back of it and by what i read it was a interesting book i read this book very fast and I read it really fast because it went really fast and it was a very good book of all of them that I have read. This book is a non Fiction book because it is not a real book only some of the characters are real. The setting is in Elite’s house and at Haneef’s apartment and at Neecy’s house. The des ...more
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Oct 11, 2011 Jaleesa.gilmoregmail.com is currently reading it
dear reader,

The book "A Girl Like Me" by Ni-Ni Simone is a wonderful book. I liked reading it the moment I started the first page. Its a street realistic fiction book, I couldn't relate to it a lot but I know people that have kind of the same life story/struggles as the main character "ELITE". She doesn't have a father & her mother is a junky. Elite has to take care of the whole family, go to school, work , & dream. She has dreams that can be reached but society & everyone & ev
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Nohely Hernandez
This book is about a girl who has a difficult life. She has to be the mom in her family for her little brothers and sisters. She cooks,gets them dressed,earns money for them, she pretty much does everything a mother should. Her mom is a drug addict who is never home and never has time for her kids. The girl loves to sing and she decides to enter a contest to get tickets to Haneef's upcoming concert. She even goes up there to sing with him falling more for him then before she actually met him. I ...more
Whitney
She have a nice voice and when she won the contest on the radio. Elite have a twin sisters and two brother but her mother is on drugs and when she is going out with the worlds greatest singer Heneef her life story is in the newspaper everyday but at the end everything paid off she end up being a famous singer and her mom is clean of drugs and she is living the life
Tianna Wilson
the girl has a rough life and just to read and visualize what she's going through; its just- not right.
Jessica
This book is about a girl is madly in love with an R&B singer. In her home her mother doesn't really pay any attention to any of her children because she deals with drugs. Elite raises her younger brother and her younger twin sisters mostly by herself while dealing with work and school. Even though she has tons on her plate she still has the responsibility of taking care of her siblings since her mother isnt there for them. One day Elite calls the radio station that Haneef is at and she sing ...more
Dom Colant
Oct 28, 2011 Dom Colant rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes guys
Recommended to Dom by: no one
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Kyla Irick
Im reading "A Girl Like Me" by Ni-Ni Simone. Im really into this book becuase this girl went through alot od drama, her mother was barelty around because she was out with people that does drugs. She was determined to let everybody listen to her beautiful voice on her, was not letting nobody getting in the way of that not even her boyfriend. On page 5, I love when she takes care of her sisters & brother because their mother was never around, dont give them money, feed them or spend time with ...more
Keyaira
“A Girl Like Me” by Ni-Ni Simone is a book about a girl named Elite who is madly in love with the idea of becoming famous singer. Although in her dreams she lives a perfect life her reality is far from perfect. Due to her mother being strung out on drugs she plays the mother role in her household by taking care of her little brother and two little sisters. Luckily one day she calls the radio station and wins ticket to meet her favorite R&B artist Haneef. This changed her life forever, after ...more
Emma
Simone’s purpose in writing the book A Girl like Me was to appeal to the young adult generation of today by using real life situations that some may face. That was one of the many things that made the book so interesting. The book was not only targeted towards young adults but it can also relate to many people of different ages. By describing the harsh backgrounds that some people had to grow up with and how they were able to escape it to become successful is something that I found truly inspir ...more
Rayzin
This book was so good that I have actually read it like 5 times. The character in this book has went through alot in her life. Her mother was on drugs and always out. She had to take care of her 2 brothers and twin sisters and that wasn't easy without help. Her little brother was starting to turn to the streets and all this was going on while she was falling for a pop singer. She was ashamed of who she was and where she was living that she lied at told him that she lived where her friend lived b ...more
Asha
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Shaeanne Hum9
This book shows about living In the spotlight and being able to hide secrets while your In that light. This book follows a girl name Elite and her friends as she wins a test to sing with her dream superstar and idol As that goes on they start to fall for each other and then the deeper she falls for him the more her secrets she has is let out. Then all but one of her friends betray her and she noticed that they only used her for her popularity and she doesn't know what to do and right now she is ...more
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This Book Is About A Girl Named Ellite Nd She Has A Crack Addicted Mother Nd She Wishes That She Culd Become Famous But If You Wanna Noe More Den Here It GOes Buht Read Da Book Tew Find Out thee Rest.!'

She's got a voice like Keisha Cole, attitude to burn--and is the body rockin', Bebe sporting girl everyone in her high school wants to be or be with more
But in real life, sixteen-year-old Elite has a crack-addicted mother, no father in sight, and is secretly raising her sister and two brothers o
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Krista Johnson
This was a good book ot does draw you in but it was just a little to stereotypical... i liked the book but its not necessarily my favorite.. i would recommend this to anyone though so the may decide for themselves.
Annie Williams
Growing up in the hood with a drug addict as a mother is never a good thing, especially with young siblings running around their run down apartment complex. Elite learned a long time ago that she was the Mother and Father for her younger siblings. If she didn't take care of them then no one would. She believes that the best place for her younger siblings to be is with her, together. It hasn't always been easily for her (Elite) to provide for her younger brothers and sisters, so when she wins a c ...more
Tyler
This book is about a girl is madly in love with an R&B singer named Haneef. Elite is a not so average girl. In her home she’s the mom, because her mom is too busy dealing with drugs, elite raises her younger brother and her younger twin sisters mostly by herself while dealing with work as well as school. One day Elite calls the radio station that Haneef is at and she sings for him to get concert tickets. When she gets the tickets her life changes for ever. She begins to go from rags to riche ...more
Shamari Dunning

The book "A Girl Like Me" by Ni-Ni Simone is a wonderful book. I liked reading it the moment I started the first page. Its a street realistic fiction book, I couldn't relate to it a lot but I know people that have kind of the same life story and struggles as the main character She doesn't have a father & her mother is on the drugs. Elite has to take care of the whole family, go to school, work. She has dreams that she can make something of her self and get out of her getto lifestyle but soci
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Siecoria
I think this was a really good book. I feel that it tells the real story of a life that a teenager who parents are on drugs go through.
Angelita
this book is about elite a 26 year old girl that take cares of her 2 brothers and her sister. Her mother is on crack and hrt father is not around.she wins a radio contests and gets to meet haneef. she ends up liding her job and her brothers sbd sister grts tooken away. she ends up living eith her bestfriend.

I like this biok because I feel the pain she feels not hsving s father around and your mother is running off trying to hide her problems. I recommend this book to older teenagers because as i
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Kimani
In the choosing of a book i picked this one because of the black girl on the cover( sadly :(). when i started reading it it was really urban and ghetto which i think is unattractive in a book, but then it revealed a sweet love story staring Elite. Elite struggles because of her mother being addicted to crack and having younger siblings, but Elite has hope which is the one thing helping her get by. The message of this book is really aspiring : now matter what life throws at you if you work hard i ...more
Jzenae Coates
this book has so many heartbreaking choices its so had to choose
Nana
it was fantastic! I like the way the story was set up
Keyiona Webb
Mar 12, 2013 Keyiona Webb is currently reading it
i have the book but so far i like it and its a pretty good book and i just want to read the book on a bigger screen and plus i like reading books in school and when i go up i think i might want to write m
my own autobiography.
its about an girl who gots a voice like keyshia cole atitude to burn and she is the body rockin bebe sporting girl everyone in her high school wants to be...or be with. but in real life sixteen year old elite has a crack-addicted mother no father in sight and is secretly rai
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JazzyRacquel
This Book Is So Heart Touching It Makes Confirms Yet Again Never To Take Things For Granted & Always Appreciate What You Have Elite Had Been Through Sooo Much In This Book It Was Sad At The End Of The Day She Came Out On Top In Every Situation, Not Because She Defeated The Obstacle But Because She Held Her Head High and Always Kept A Smile On Her Face Naja Was A Wonderful & Funny BFF, Couldn't Help But Love Her I Totally Recommend All Of NiNi Simone's Books ...more
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