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4.10  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,464 Ratings  ·  164 Reviews
The acclaimed author of TYRELL returns to PUSH with a striking novel about a mother and daughter who are only fourteen years apart, but need to learn to understand each other before it's too late.

Kendra's mom, Renee, had her when she was only 14 years old. Renee and her mom made a deal -- Renee could get an education, and Kendra would live with her grandmother. But now Ren
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Push (first published October 1st 2008)
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I don't recall the last time I *felt* for a character like I felt for Kendra. Her needs are so on the surface, yet the adults in her life either don't see them or just ignore them. She's well aware that acting out sexually isn't helping, but she can't seem to stop herself. Her friend Adonna is caught up in her own drama. A nice boy likes her, but she can't seem to find it in her to find him attractive. She is paying the penalty for her mother becoming pregnant at 14, and is finding herself in a ...more
Dec 30, 2008 Lydia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-read
This YA books is about a young, highly intelligent black female, living in NYC, whose mother had her at 14 years of age. Kendra lives with he4r grandmother while her mother attends school. As the novel opens, her mother has just completed her PhD at Princeton. Kendra has held a dream that after her mother completes her schooling, the two of them will live together in harmony -- that then her mother will want her in her life. Her father is also a part of her life, although he has never left the P ...more
Jan 06, 2010 Aaron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kendra has been living with her Nana for her whole life while her mother Renee has been working toward a doctorate. Kendra's mother had her when she was just 14 years old, and Nana wanted to make sure that having a child so early early would not prevent Renee from having a successful life. While that goal was met, it did create a rift between Kendra and Renee that left the daughter feeling abandoned and unloved.

Nana has done everything she can to shield Kendra from making the same mistakes Renee
Eric Juneau
In the ghetto, if a boy does anal sex on you, it means he's ready for a relationship.

This feels like "Pride and Prejudice" in the PJ's. It reads like a generic YA romance but with the trappings of so many early 90's "gangsta" movies. Kind of. The main conflict is that Kendra's mother is back after her post-graduate degree, and Kendra's hoping she'll finally take her away from the neighborhood and the strict-ass grandmother who's been raising her for sixteen years.

But the bigger crux of the book
I liked this book because it kept me interested in it. What kendra went through in this book was alot for her to handle, but she got through it and stuck it out. I didnt like this book because Kendra's grandmother didnt give her any freedom at all. She always watched over her 24-7 , like i understand that's ur grand daughter and all but she's like her mother so give her some space. The main charcter is a girl named kendra who is living currently with her grandmother because her mother can't take ...more
Katrina Burchett
Kendra Williamson is fourteen years old and she attends North Bronx High School for Arts and Communications. She loves to draw houses and floor plans; a skill that will lead to a promising career in the future. She's not focusing a whole lot on future plans, though. The main thing that's on her mind, what she wants more than anything, is to spend more time with her mother, Renee.
Kendra lives with her Nana, Valerie. Renee, who gave birth to Kendra in ninth grade, missed ten years of her daughter
I think that Coe Booth, the author of the book Kendra, did a very good job getting into the mind of a fourteen-year old female going through the “process” of boys and puberty. I loved the way she expresses some issues that families have, especially within the African-American community. Kendra’s mom had her at the age of fourteen but she was passed on to her grandmother while Kendra’s mom continued her education. Every since then Kendra’s grandmother kept a close eye on her and absolutely dreade ...more
Aug 01, 2009 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
This is an emotional, difficult read. It is so real, it's raw. Booth doesn't let up. This is chock full of confusion, betrayal, abandonment issues and strained relationships. Renee, Kendra's mother, is intelligent,determined and focused. When it comes to school, Renee excels. Parenting- it's a role she's never wanted and she's avoided as long as she can using education as her excuse. Kendra, is a typical teen overwhelmed by her budding sexuality, her longing to be wanted and the anger and resent ...more
If your parents are like really over protective of you and they are always ridding you about your grades and an stuff and to stay focus..then this would be a good book for your. Because in this book it is about a girl named kendra and she lives with her grandma. Her grandma is like a control freek. as soon as she geets out of school she has to come straight home and if she dosent tell her grandmother that she is leaving then she will get very mad. But eventually she stops putting up with her gra ...more
Parris Brame
Jan 15, 2015 Parris Brame rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kendra, By Coe Booth is about a young girl at the age of 14 years old and her life. Renee Kendra's mom had her at a young age. Kendra lives with her grandma because they made a deal to take care of Kendra till Renee out of grade school. Kendra is in high school and she is getting in some trouble.

I think that Coe Booth the author of Kendra did a very good job getting into the mind of a fourteen year old female and as well boys going through puberty. There hasn't really be a lot of books that I re
Nov 13, 2014 Miles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book that i read. The characters was Adonna, kendra. They were the main character that was in the story that they was talking about the most. The setting was set in New York. This was a non-fiction story and it was well written by Coe Booth. The conflict in the story was that Kendra the main character was getting older and just getting use to the boys thing meaning sex. She didn't have a mother to tell her how these boys were out their. Then she made a stupid decision by just h ...more
Jun 13, 2014 Kiauna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Coe Booth’s purpose in writing Kendra was to create an interesting storyline where readers can understand what it’s like to have a complicated life while experiencing relationships with guys for the first time. The circumstances under which people live are all diverse and Booth’s purpose was to write something in a different light: from a girl who grew up in the projects of New York without a mother being able to guide and love her along the way. This book impacts the audience as it really makes ...more
Alissa Bach
So...OMG, Kendra is basically "My So Called Life" set in the ghetto (but MSCL is much, much, MUCH better). I didn't even make the connection until I was attempting to describe the plot to a coworker who hadn't read it and that was the first thing she said. And she is so very right! Think about it: The main character, Kendra, is basically an innocent good girl who becomes obsessed with her crush on the resident Bad Boy... who then pressures her into doing some mature things. Kendra's best friend ...more
At first i thought this book looked so boring by its cover, but once i started reading the summary i was really interesting because its about teen pregnancy and child abuse. I think that is interesting to me because i have seen it and that is a really depressing moment for them. what got me liking this book is by the way they act and feel the thing i hate is her mom she is really mean and leaves her by herself when her mom is supposed to be with her on the good and the bad. I think she feels lon ...more
Brittani Splix
Dec 10, 2015 Brittani Splix rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would give this book the theme of adolescent issues. (Kendra by Coe Booth) The author uses many details in the book to inform the reader that there are many issues in this case. Kendra's (14) mother had her when she was only 14. Renée (Kendra's mother) is just now finishing up college and trying to find a job. All Kendra wants is for her mother to start acting like a mother. Kendra is struggling in school, part of this which she blames on her mother. The characters in this book did seem to cha ...more
Nov 26, 2008 Susie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I thought Coe Booth’s first book Tyrell was excellent, so I’d been waiting for Kendra to arrive at my library. Though I didn’t like Kendra as well, I still think that Booth does an amazing job of capturing the thoughts and feelings of a teenage girl with unusual family circumstances growing up in the Bronx. I’ll look forward to more books from this author!
Kendra feels confused and pulled in different directions: her aunt and best friend Adonna dictates her dress and how she should be in school. Her grandmother Nana is very strict about what Kendra does and where she goes, demanding that Kendra not end up pregnant at 14 like her mother Renee. Kendra drops her panties without hesitation in Nashawn's presence. And all Kendra wants is for her mother Renee to finally be around for her. The intended audience will appreciate Kendra's story and its urban ...more
Onieka Henry
Jan 05, 2015 Onieka Henry rated it really liked it
I loved the book. I enjoy reading books that I can relate to and situations that surround me each and everyday. Kendra Williamson is fourteen years old girl that attends North Bronx High School for Arts and Communications. She loves to draw houses and floor plans; a skill that will lead to a promising career in the future. The main thing that's on her mind, what she wants more than anything, is to spend more time with her mother, Renee. A mother who will be around for more than just minutes at a ...more
Oct 25, 2008 Rakisha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I stopped reading it in the middle. I found it slow-moving, and the main character unsympathetic. Where are the positive books where teen girls embrace their sexuality and release themselves from the confines of what they've been taught by society?
Sep 30, 2008 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fiction
3 1/2 stars. Would like to give it 4 but I found the ending a little too happy and unrealistic. Will still recommend without hesitation to teens.
Kelly Bennett
Apr 26, 2014 Kelly Bennett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Kendra is a nice girl living with her grandma in the projects who suddenly, surprisingly, believably succumbs to temptation in the guise of one hot, handsome hunk! I read this after Tyrell, expecting the voice to be sort of the same--and soooooo hoping it wasn't---and IT WASN'T!!! Kendra is unique, smart, tormented, and it shows. Kendra says "yes"--when we so want her to say, "no", and if you can't or don't want to read about a character behaving badly--aka having sex with a partner and alone--t ...more
Capree Strong
Jun 11, 2013 Capree Strong rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
loved it. every bit.
Jamari Mcdavid
Oct 03, 2014 Jamari Mcdavid rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is really good recommend a teen girl or a mom to read this book.The book is about this girl name Kendra that lives with her grandma because her mom was to young to to take care of her. So the grandma is raising Kendra the way she feel that she will not make the same mistakes like her mom did in high school.Also Kendra's best friend / cousin is by her side trying to teach her how to get a boy and what kind of boy but it goes all wrong when she picks the wrong boy.So read and see what ha ...more
Victoria Waddle
Kendra is tired of her Nana’s constrictive rules about the way she dresses and whether she can talk to boys. Her Nana is tired of having to take care of Kendra and hopes to avoid what she couldn’t with her daughter Renee, who is Kendra’s mom. Renee is twenty-eight; Kendra is fourteen—just the age that Renee was when she became Kendra’s mom.

But Renee really isn’t much of a mom to Kendra. She’s left that role for her own mother so that she could pursue her education and her dream—to get out of the
Christine Kloss
May 14, 2009 Christine Kloss rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jessica-s-class
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This is a very deep book and really demonstrates that teenagers are having to face very adult issues such as teenage parenting, a divided household and teenage sex.

Kendra is a 14 who lives with her Grandmother. Kendra's mother had her when she was 14 and is out living her life and doesn't make any effort to connect with her daughter and be the parent that Kendra so desperately want. Kendra ends up loosing her virginity at 14 and is forced to face
Oct 08, 2009 Deanna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Realistic fiction, family, grandma/mom/daughter relationships, identity, friendship, communication, teen pregnancy.

I absolutely loved Tyrell, Coe Booth's first novel, so was looking forward to reading Kendra. Interestingly Tyrell shows up as a very minor character in the last chapter of Kendra.

Renee, Kendra's mom, had her when she was 14 years old. Nana has been taking care of Kendra ever since while Renee goes to school and figures out her life. Kendra dreams of living with her mom some day, b
Fred Kirchner
Apr 20, 2009 Fred Kirchner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow... another tremendous achievement for Coe Booth. She channels these protagonists. First, Tyrell, and now the story of Kendra. Kendra's 14 and lives with her grandmother. Her mom's at college--grad school, at that. Her father, Kenny, has his own buisness in the neighborhood, operating a snack van that serves the neighborhood. Kenny's younger sister, Adonna, is Kendra's aunt and classmate. They're best friends until a boy comes between them.

Kendra's grandmother is determined that Kendra won't
Nov 05, 2010 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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November 4, 2010
Ms. Valentino

In this remarkable book, Coe Booth brings her character to life once again. The book “Kendra” once again shows Coe Booth’s talents as a writer. “Kendra” comes from the well-known publishing company “Push”. She has also written “Tyrell”, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. It was also named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a New York Public Library Book for the Teenage. Coe Booth writes books based on experiences she has
Oct 30, 2012 Taty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Coe Booths Purpose of writing Kendra is to let his readers know what it feels like to have nobody, but by having nobody you eventually have somebody. Kendra is packed with morals and things to learn from. It gives you the experience of what it feels like always having to have somebody’s approval and not having the one person you love the most want you. Just because somebody shows you a little attention doesn’t mean they want you for all the right reasons. Kendra learned that the hard way.

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