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High school freshman Martine (Teenie for short) is a good student, with a bright future ahead of her. She's desperate to be accepted into a prestigious study abroad program in Spain so that she can see what life is like beyond the streets of Brooklyn. She wouldn't mind escaping from her strict (though lovable) parents for awhile either. But when the captain of the basketba...more
Hardcover, 264 pages
Published December 28th 2010 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Wanda (Good Choice Reading)
"Teenie" is about a girl who lives in Brooklyn, New York and that is all about getting good grades so she can be accepted into a program that takes students to Spain for one semester. But life becomes complicated from minute to the next. Having a BFF that has an online love and having the attention of the Captain of the Basketball Team in her school can become overwhelming and distracting. Just when you think things are looking up for you, life teaches you another lesson.

One thing I can say abo...more
Nicky
If I had a daughter, I would want her to read this book. And that's saying a lot. Because I wouldn't let her read anything I wrote. The story is wholesome without being cheesy and emotional without being after-school-special-y. Also, I was near tears at one point, and that's rare because I'm kind of a heartless monster when it comes to most young-adult story lines. Oh, you have an eating disorder? Yawn. Sorry for you, but, seriously, yawn. Oh, you have a drug problem? Double yawn. Oh, your mothe...more
Doret
Freshman, Martine (Teenie) is at the top of her class, she's been working hard to get accepted to Young Scholars Study Abroad Program. Getting in would mean a free trip to Spain.

After Teenie gets her braces off, Cherise, the best friend convinces Teenie to wear something boys will notice. The new look catches the eye of Gregory, a senior and basketball captain.

While Teenie is book smart she needs Cherise help navigating outside of the classroom. After the two have a falling out. Teenie has no on...more
Amy Lignor
This is a debut novel that goes directly to the heart of the angst, trials, and pain involved with growing up. God knows, we all remember what that was like. And even though it was extremely difficult, when you hit forty, there’s a part of you that would love to go back – with all you’ve learned – and do childhood all over again.

Teenie (her real name is Martine) is a very interesting girl. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with both her parents; she also has two older brothers who are gone from the hous...more
AudryT
Note: Yet another YA in present tense. This was one of the handful that didn't drive me bonkers by being in that tense, however. I think that makes a grand total of four YA books (out of dozens) where I thought the present tense didn't get in the way of the storytelling.

Excellent story overall. Strong characters, believable behavior, and very heartfelt content. A little adult-y in its execution in that it kind of ends the way us adults/parents want to see situations like this end, rather than ho...more
Anna
My apologies to all prior reviewers (as well as the author re: his debut) but...

Sorry, this book wasn't all that. I guess, to be fair, it wasn't all that BAD either -- just plain average. Lots of potential here, & I was intrigued by the writer's confession that he wrote from the female perspective because he read that publishers were looking for guys to do so). And, in this case, I think therein lies the problem. The characters lacked depth, emotions rang more hollow than true, and, where th...more
Autumn
Really good first novel about a smart, responsible young lady who gets in over her head socially. I really enjoyed the details about her Caribbean family, especially her loving but old-fashioned dad. She faces challenges that seem realistic for the NYC setting, but as a whole her life is really stable, even a bit sheltered. The tone is lively and fast paced, with lots of funny remarks from the supporting characters. At the same time, I really worried about Teenie and how she was going to get thr...more
Hannah
I had basically no expectations when I first started reading Teenie - the description doesn't sound like much, and it's not a book I've read loads of reviews for. But I'm glad I decided to read this one, and I was pleasantly surprised - Teenie is a fresh and realistic coming-of-age story! Not having one set main topic seemed like a bad thing at first, but that's one of the things I enjoyed most about this book. It touches loads of issues without being a preachy issue-book, and the subtlety is gr...more
Alexis Villery
Teenie is your typical teenager who wants to fits in. However, her goals and academic success often set her apart from others. Yet, she still yearns for a bit of attention here and there. Teenie gets her braces taken off and with the encouragement of her best friend, Cherise, gains some new-found confidence. She is further encouraged by the attentions of senior basketball star, Greg Millons. While some things seem to be looking up, Teenie learns that life is not quite simple as she tries to reac...more
Ari
Jan 21, 2011 Ari rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Edi, Ashley, Neesha Meminger
Recommended to Ari by: Doret
For the first time in a long time, I felt as though a friendship portrayed in a book was really real. I've read some books with authentic friendships before but the friendship between Teenie and Cherise was one I was really able to relate to. Their conversations seemed to be (at times) exact replicas of ones that I had had with my friends. The slang, the jokes, the serious talks, that is how my friends and I are. Well my white friends and I don't use the same slang, but when I'm with my Black an...more
Edi Campbell
Teenie is the story of a high school freshman who is trying to find her fashion sense, get good grades and develop her relationships with others. While her closest (only?) friend Cherise is hooking up the strange older men at night, Cherise is trying to learn how to talk to boys on the Internet in clunky, long hand conversations. Teenie lives with both of her parents while her twin brothers are off to college. From her parents, she has developed an appreciation for other cultures and she wants t...more
Marissa Maynard
Teenie is not just your typical teenage urban fiction. My friends despise young adult urban fiction because they always say the plot always involves some ho getting pregnant or someone getting shot. This is NOTHING like that!!! I could never say that I related to a book before, but this is very nearly my life story. For all you teenagers with strict West Indian folks(mine are Trini) this is for you!
Basically, the main character,Martine, is a really smart straight-A student with her mind set on...more
Alysia
After reading more YA books the past several months than I ever have, it was sooo refreshing to read one that was so close to my family and me. I know that sounds very commercial but as an African American woman who grew up with both parents in the house and a younger sister most YA books don't reflect anything I grew up with. I didn't runaway or talk back to my parents. (I tried hard not to!) I didn't have a love triangle with a bad boy in high school. And I wasn't a social outcast with a laden...more
Constance
Martine, known to everyone as Teenie, is a high school freshman from Brooklyn, NY. A smart girl, Teenie is working towards being selected for a prestigious study abroad program. Out of the blue, Teenie garners the attention of a popular senior, Greg. Subsequently Teenie’s confronted with troubling issues that have possibility of derailing her chances of being accepted into the coveted program. Teenie somehow has to keep herself and best friend Cherise out of trouble while staying on track to ach...more
Tracy
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Medeia Sharif
Teenie (Martine) is hard-working and comes from a strict West Indian household. Her best friend Cherise meets a guy online and Greg, the to-die-for basketball player in her school, starts flirting with Teenie. She's trying to ace her exams to get into a study-abroad program, but it's becoming increasingly difficult to focus on her studies. When Cherise and her have a falling out and Greg becomes more aggressive, Teenie is in a bind with these new challenges and dangers. The characters and situat...more
Itsjustme-wendy
Excellent book! I loved everything about this book! It had a great "up-to-date" story line. There were great characters - I adored Teenie and her geeky friend Garth! I also loved mommy, she was a great mom and I liked the relationship they had. I loved the setting of this book and especially loved the language! It all seemed very authentic and very real to me! This is Christopher Grants first Novel. I do hope he keeps writing - I would love to read more from him! I very highly recommend this boo...more
Diana
I'm not really sure what I think about this book. I didn't hate it, hence the two stars, but I didn't love it either. There was something very strange about the story, and I think the problem is that the story seems false in regards to tone. I didn't believe these girls, their parents, or their siblings. I didn't believe certain parts of the story either. The tones and voices of the characters just felt off for me. I like the point that the story is trying to make, but it falls short for me.
Anne
Teenie is a good student. She has her sights set on a study abroad program in Spain. But then the star of the basketball team, that she has had a crush on forever, notices her. Plus her best friend Cherise starts dating someone online and Teenie starts to lose focus as things are not what they seem and everything starts to fall apart.

Characters are fairly stereotypical, but a good read-alike for fans of the Kimani Tru and Drama High series.
Juniper
Teenie is a robust main character who is immediately likable. She is studious and polite but with a mind of her own. Her parents are both immigrants which influences her positively, in a way not seen in her peers.
I particularly liked the way the story was paced, you knew something was going to happen but it developed naturally and by the time it did happen you really cared about the characters.
Taliah
Gave this to my daughter last year and it was the first book she read in a LONG time. She really enjoyed it and now I know why. Authentic story that captures adolescents at their best and worst. Strong characters and relationships. I'm looking forward to seeing more of Teenie and/or other characters from this book.
Louisa
So I was totally thinking of trying this with my middle schoolers book club--that is until the creepy pedophile and the rapist star basketball turned up. Alas, probably not appropriate for the tween/young teen set.

Nevertheless, Teenie is adorable and she kicks major ass. Another one for the older kids.
Emily (Heinlen) Davis
While this book had a slow start, it was easy-to-read and pretty true to life. I enjoyed the characters, but this was not my type of YA book. However, it would be excellent for a middle or high school girl to read.
Sam Musher
Well-written, funny, believable realistic fiction about girls of color: boy howdy, do we need more like this. (Full review at http://www.parenthetical.net/2011/08/...)
Kimmiya Heckstall
I hate how it ended. I read a book that ended exactly with the daughter telling her mother she had to tell her something and I had a fit. Stories should never end like that
Boss Lucy
This book is hot!! I like it, it seems cool and very interesting..... Its is cool and interesting. I know I will read this books later on in the future! :)
Shanda Piccola
This was a very well written and book and I feel that lots of teens and young adults could relate. The only thing I feel is missing is closure at the end.
Matt Blackstone
An empowering novel for teens. Honest, realistic, instructive, funny, heartbreaking, and hopeful. I couldn't put this book down. Loved it!
Megan Mukerji
The author was good at capturing the feelings and problems facing adolescent girls today. I want my daughter to read it too.
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Christopher Grant was born and raised in the heart of Brooklyn, NY. He did his undergraduate and graduate work at Stony Brook University, receiving degrees in Economics and Human Resource Management (as well as a minor in John Madden Football for the Playstation).
Teenie marks Christopher’s debut as an author. “I love to tell stories. If you ask any of my friends, you’ll be sure to hear that I’m a...more
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