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It is a summer that will change everything . . . . NaTasha has a wonderful life in affluent Park Adams. She fits in, she has friends, and she's a member of the all-white ballet troupe. Being nearly the only African American in her school doesn't bother NaTasha. But it bothers Tilly, NaTasha's spitfire grandmother from Harlem, who decides NaTasha needs to get back to her ro ...more
ebook, 272 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Scholastic Press (first published June 25th 2010)
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Ari
At times this story runs predictable and Tash started off as a hard character to like. I understood her desire to fit in at any costs since she stuck out so much, but I had a hard time dealing with her naive attitude towards people she meets in Harlem (like Rex). However, Tash does slowly change in a genuine way. It was obvious that the tough-girls who gave Tash such a hard time would have hard lives that she would never even consider. Tash's parents also annoyed me. I wanted a better explanatio ...more
Angela
While I enjoyed the overall story, the characters made some choices here that just boggled my mind.

NaTasha is the only Black girl in her affluent suburb. She has silly contests with her friends she knows she can't win, like who will grow their hair out the longest in a year. During a ballet recital, NaTasha weaves scarves in her hair to mimic the look of a bun - and is mortified when the scarves come loose during the performance.

So in response to this...her grandmother decides NaTasha needs to s
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Jenny
Have you ever been in a situation where you are an outcast, feel unaccepted, or wondering who you are? Natasha Jennings feels the same way when she has to spend quality time with her grandmother, Tilly, in Harlem. Tilly takes her away from a familiar summer filled with ballet, mani/pedis, and long afternoons at the mall to a world that is totally unfamiliar. Plus, she is expected to help out at Amber’s Place. Amber’s Place (a safe house in the Bronx that helps troubled girls straighten out their ...more
Katrina Burchett
NaTasha Jennings is the only person of color in an entire school district and her grandmother, Tillithia Mae Evans (Tilly), doesn’t like it. She believes her granddaughter is isolated and she wants her to get out into the world and experience things for herself. NaTasha’s parents agree to let her spend the summer with Tilly in the Bronx. Will NaTasha be able to handle life in a place so different from what she’s used to or will she go back home before the summer is over?
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Kaila
Have you ever felt like an outcast, feel unaccepted, or wondered who you are? Natasha Jennings knows that feeling all too well. As a African-American girl living in a rich suburban area, its really difficult to fit in, especially if you are curvy and have nappy hair. All her life, she has been trying to fit in with the white girls in her school by participating in the same sports and activities they did, dress the same way, and wear the same clothes. Although her best friend Heather doesn't see ...more
The Young Book Collector
The story begins with Miriam doing Natasha's hair so she can look appropriate for the event she's been anticipating, the ballet recital. Her mother Miriam tries to convince Natasha that she is fine the way she is, but it doesn't shake her feelings about herself. It certainly doesn't help when her best-friend, Heather, comes over and talks her into wearing a fake hair piece so it'll look like the other (white) girls performing at the recital.To makes matters worse her grandmother (Tilly) is comi ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by John Jacobson, aka "R.J. Jacobs" for TeensReadToo.com

NaTasha is nearly the only girl of color in her mainly white, middle-class suburban school, but that isn't such a big deal to her. She has a best friend, Heather, and she does ballet with her, which is a weak attempt at trying to be popular. NaTasha would rather be on the volleyball court anyway, but Heather's such a good friend, and fitting in is something she wants to do. Everyone in her family - even her grandmother, Tilly - com
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 Imani ♥ ☮
Overall, I liked this.

I guess, if I hadn't been reading another, more interesting book while also reading this, I would've given this book 5 stars. But this book, for its length, took me too long to read and so this gets a 4.

So, NaTasha(hate her name by the way) is kind of a 'snobby' black girl living in suburban New York City. I feel for her, even though I'm not a snob or anything and unlike this NaTasha chick I'm not surrounded by white people and feel like I have to act a certain way. This
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Rachel
Sellout deals with the desire in all of us to find a place where we belong. NaTasha is the only black girl at her suburban, affluent high school. For the most part this fact doesn’t bother her. She has a tight group of friends and is part of the ballet and volleyball team at her school. Although NaTasha fits in, she still faces many awkward and noticeably uncomfortable situations including feeling the need to straighten her hair to look the same as the other girls in her ballet recital. Her pare ...more
JilliAnne
Fitting in isn’t easy when you’re the only black girl in your all white high school, but NaTasha really tries until her efforts to fit in end up embarrassing her in front of everyone at her last ballet recital. Recognizing that NaTasha is struggling with her identity, Grandma Tilly steps in. Soon NaTasha finds herself surrounded by girls who couldn’t be more different from her when she beings volunteering at Amber’s Place, a crisis center for troubled girls in the Bronx.. Even with a rough start ...more
JoAnn
I didn't like this book because most of it made no sense to me. First of all I don't understand why she couldn't wear her hair in a bun. And I guess that kind to set the tone for the whole book, just a bunch of stuff that didn't make sense. And then the end which was just more of the same confusing stuff, but woah they were all happy all of a sudden.
Thing I would have liked from this book, more about the main character's best friend, instead of her just being the ditzy white girl. I would have
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Monique
Disappointed. Angry. Annoyed. Ashamed.

All these words described my reaction as I read the last page of this book. I had to go through all the curse words, crude behavior and... Just to get to this ending which disappointed,. Why do I do this stuff to myself? Of course, I'm the oddity, my opinion is the one rarely seen against one of these books that tackle a complex issue about fitting in and the color of your skin. I'm ashamed to have kept reading this book, with such an interesting topic as a
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Tianna Miller
Sellout by Ebony Joy Wilkins is a good book. Its about a girl named NaTasha who lives in the suburbs. She feels out of place because shes the only African-American in her school. Her grandma, Tilly, takes her to Harlem over the summer to remember her roots. She volunteers at Ambers Place, A place for troubled girls in The Bronx. She meets her group, who doesn't like her. She tries to win their friendship, but nothing works. She stays the whole summer, still not fitting in. The leader of the grou ...more
Nicole
In the end, NaTasha realized who and what she was. It may have taken her going & staying with Tilly & helping out at Amber's Place but she figured it out. I loved that Shaundra was able to tell her story, and that Monique got away from L.B. They all helped each other in some way or another. ...more
Jessica RiffeKincaid
NaTasha was used to living in the suburbs with her mother and her daily routine, aside from school, was ballet. In her community she was the only person with dark-colored skin and her best friend was as white as snow. Her grandmother, whom volunteered at a young teens shelter, offered her grand-daughter to come and spend the summer with her, living her recent life behind her. She chose to come and help at the youth center for girls and that is where she finally discovered who she really was. Whe ...more
Alexis
I thought this book was very good. It was written in a way that speaks to young female readers. This book brought up some topics that I think all african american girls, full or half, struggle with. One of the lessons Sellout teaches is to stop compairing yourself to other girls. How can you look at a tall, skinny, long haired super model and say you could never compete with her? Of course you couldn't! but its not because she is pretier then you, or smarter than you. Its because you two are co ...more
Nandi Crawford
NaTasha is the only girl of color in her affluent neighborhood. she hates ballet, but is in the class and during a performance, the scarf that was used to tie her head in a bun comes off embarrassing her. Her grandma, Tilly feels that she should come and spend time in the city and visit her center for at risk girls are. So, off she goes, and her first days in the center are not good. She is labeled as a sell out, she is picked and teased and even though some of the folks here didn't get what thi ...more
Jasmine
This started as a slow read. As I went on it got better.
Tracie
Tash is the only African-American in her middle class suburb and school. Though she thinks she's fine, she doesn't really feel that she fits in and she hates the color of her skin. Her tough Grandmother, Tilly, convinces her to spend some time in the city (NY) and volunteer with her at Amber's Place, a place for young women who have difficulties Tash can only imagine. The girls at the shelter make Tash feel even more of a misfit, but ultimately she sticks it out and learns to stand up for herse ...more
Miranda Rogers
I loved this book. I loved all of the character's character if you know what I mean. The way NaTasha had to find out who she was to fit into the life of everyone else. And that being herself isnt a bad thing but may take others getting some used to. I felt bad for NaTasha when she got into fights but I thought it might make some of the girls in Amber's Place start to like her, but of course it didnt. When bad things happened NaTasha made it good by solving the problem. These are some of the reas ...more
Juniper
I loved the main character - she was a good person trying to find her way and she was written as a real person with flaws but no real serious issues.

Outside of that the reasons certain things happened were not really explained and I thought the premise of the conflict a little forced.
Autumn
Not bad. A reversal of the "city girl goes to the country to find herself" story. I did keep wondering how such a boring and sheltered protagonist could have such a vivacious granny. Also, what drew her parents to the suburbs?
Liz
A solid book on a seldom-written about topic. This book is definitely geared towards middle school - high school students will find the rosy outlook and predictable characters a bit hard to swallow.
Marissa
This was a really good book, i absolutely LOVED it. Seriously inspiring and totally unpredictable, wish it had never ending and wished since it did end there was a 2nd one!!(:
Beth
A bit too didatic to be really good, but a fine addition to the urban teen fiction genre.
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I am an educator and writer, currently working on another YA novel. I am also working on a PhD in literacy, language, and culture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. When I don't have a book or pen in hand I like to visit family, play tennis, try new restaurants, travel to new cities or relax on the beach!

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