Wesley Morris finds himself in a juvenile detention center. He can't believe that his mom reported the car stolen, but it isn't like she hasn't b...moreValue
Wesley Morris finds himself in a juvenile detention center. He can't believe that his mom reported the car stolen, but it isn't like she hasn't been a thorn in his side for years. While he doesn't want to be locked up and told what to do, it's a drastic change from the hell he's been facing living with his drunken mother.
Keysha is back and the drama, rumors and impending court case have her literally on the edge. While she has been able to bridge the gap in her blended family, she's socially in hell as she tries hard to rid herself of the vicious lies being spread about her.
If there was a `My Mom's Worse Than Your Mom' television program, surely Wesley and Keysha would tie for first prize. How likely is it to find two kids, whose moms are too self involved to care about their children's welfare? Even less likely, two fathers who willing pick up the slack and love, encourage and support their children freely. Can two outcasts find commonality as they try removing the shackles that have caused so much confusion into their young lives?
IF I WERE YOUR BOYFRIEND is the sequel to KEYSHA'S DRAMA written by Earl Sewell. While the book is a quick read, that reminds readers on what happened in the past, the storyline, while very interesting at points, feels a little too much for this particular teen novel. IF I WERE YOUR BOYFRIEND places emphasis on self respect, self worth, trust, loyalty and love. I really enjoyed how the author made a point that teens and parents keep a direct line of communication open. I am looking forward to reading more about Keysha and the blast from her past real soon.(less)
KEYSHA'S DRAMA written by Earl Sewell tells the story of Keysha, a teen from Chicago; she is forced to be responsible for self. With the...more Connections
KEYSHA'S DRAMA written by Earl Sewell tells the story of Keysha, a teen from Chicago; she is forced to be responsible for self. With the new school year approaching, the nerd in Keysha is anxious to at the very least have somewhere to escape to. Unfortunately, with an impending eviction, missing mom and no money, Keysha agrees to go on a shopping spree. Things didn't exactly go as they had expected, Keysha learns that Justine, her missing mom, isn't just out hanging in the streets, but is incarcerated so what's going to happen to her?
Uprooted, confused, unloved and desperately trying to beat the odds, Keysha is trying hard to deal with her situation. When she learns that she has a father who is willing to take her in, Keysha is apprehensive. Suddenly she doesn't have it so tough. While she and her step-mother and step brother aren't exactly receptive, she finally has a home, with her own room and a chance to do things differently. Will Keysha use this opportunity to better herself? Or is she her own worst enemy?
KEYSHA'S DRAMA was a really quick and easy read. Although I felt an immediate connection to the character, it felt a little mismatched for the beginning as we went through the background. However, I didn't detour and look forward to reading IF I WERE YOUR BOYFRIEND featuring the same main character.(less)
SIMPLY DIVINE written by expert Jacquelin Thomas introduces Divine Matthews-Hardison, a snobby teen, who is all about the spotlight! As Divine...moreScrabble
SIMPLY DIVINE written by expert Jacquelin Thomas introduces Divine Matthews-Hardison, a snobby teen, who is all about the spotlight! As Divine thoroughly enjoys the hobnobbing, the paparazzi and the glam that she has been fortunate enough to be born into, life quickly becomes less fun when the headline goes from glam to brutal. While all families have issues, Divine's family business is aired out in the media daily causing ridicule and shame. Can the teen drama queen and her comfortable cushioned world survive the disturbance?
From Hollywood, CA to Temple, GA, Divine is distraught as she goes from the lap of luxury to the confines of normalcy. Foreign to Divine is what life is like for an average teen minus the glitz. When Divine has to suck it up and learn to adjust to a simpler lifestyle, is she mature enough to handle it? Or will Miss Drama Teen kick and scream the entire way there?
I have to say SIMPLY DIVINE is simply great! I love that the book features a young character set in her snotty ways, but comes to love and embrace family, friendship, forgiveness, love and God! Simply stated, SIMPLY DIVINE is an easy read that I would definitely recommend to my cousins, nieces and others.(less)
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL tackles the life of a teenage mom, with baby daddy drama and the worries and stigmas associated with such. Through SHORTIE LI...moreChange
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL tackles the life of a teenage mom, with baby daddy drama and the worries and stigmas associated with such. Through SHORTIE LIKE MINE readers glimpsed Toi McKnight, Seven`s more mature, sneaky twin sister.
At only 17, while her girls are out enjoying themselves, Toi is kicking it with her son, Noah. While she doesn`t mind so much, she can`t help but feel played and disrespected when it comes to Quamir, her son`s dad. If he isn`t at some other chick's house, then he has another kid on the way or is flat out refusing to help her with anything for their baby. So when she meets Harlem, a 19-year-old college student, who is looking to get to know her better, Toi is conflicted.
A packaged deal, Toi, Noah and Harlem blend into a ready-made family. With too much drama between them, Toi decides that it just may not be in the cards. It takes a minute, but it finally sinks in; Toi realizes that she has to learn to not only depend on herself, but she also has to adjust and be willing to accept and seek help. Working at IHOP to pay the bills, welfare for childcare assistance and her mom for everything else, Toi finds herself wondering what type of life, if any, that she'll have.
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL was an okay read. I wish we would've seen more of Toi's transition. Ni-Ni Simone does a good job proving that not all is lost when it comes to teen parenting. (less)
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 ta...moreLose 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 with the info and for one night Elite is the hood version of Cinderella.
Being pulled up on stage to perform a duo with Haneef slings Elite's life into a whole different world. People she's never talked to are all of a sudden her closest friends. She's lying, stealing and manipulating things to keep her real life from being exposed. Can Elite learn to deal with the truth about who and what she is? Or will she be defeated by rumors?
A GIRL LIKE ME is the third book I've read by Ni-Ni Simone. A little reluctant at first, I found myself easily engaged in the story. Not only that, there was a real story, issues and hopes. I love that Ni-Ni has put her on unique spin on a classic. There were some editing issues; otherwise, this is definitely a book I'd recommend to others. (less)
DYMOND IN THE ROUGH is a teen friendly read about a 14-year-old high school student that is emblematic of our inner-c...more If you're looking for goodies...
DYMOND IN THE ROUGH is a teen friendly read about a 14-year-old high school student that is emblematic of our inner-city youth. Self-confident, mature and usually un-BLINDED by all the hoopla of flocking birds, Dymond becomes conflicted and easily swayed by "friends". Exhilarated by her new feelings, will our little Dymond in the rough be able to own up to what she's done?
In the era where too many of our youth appear to be too grown too soon, it is pleasing to find that there is still optimism where statistics may say otherwise.
Precious-I was thrilled to find that you're taking care of our "inquisitive" preteen readers. This is a good look. I will happily support and share this series with my sister, nieces and cousins. Of course I had to read it first.
THE AB-SOLUTE TRUTH picks up with Christopher (Abdul) Parker, Porsha's boyfriend from DYMOND IN THE ROUGH. AB is 17, in his senior year, a nerd...moreRumors
THE AB-SOLUTE TRUTH picks up with Christopher (Abdul) Parker, Porsha's boyfriend from DYMOND IN THE ROUGH. AB is 17, in his senior year, a nerd about his grades and plays on the basketball team. To be more accurate, he's the man!
Although AB pulls it like he's mature and focused, he is also naïve about the risks he's taking as he's trying to maintain his appearance and impress the spectators. While playing "grown up" AB comes under attack and has to learn to deal with his problems lawfully. Given a second chance, will AB remember to utilize the voice of reason?
Juwell & Precious have not only entertained in this PLATINUM TEEN SERIES, but they educate as well. Despite a few flaws in the editing department I enjoyed reading about the REAL issues, peer pressure and drama, although unfortunate, many teens are faced with.
So many people are willingly tossing in the towel, "Your mistakes don't define who you are, how you bounce back does!"
Into its third episode, Platinum Teen Series presents Runaway. Readers are formally introduced to Kera. It's the summer time and al...more Friendship On Fire
Into its third episode, Platinum Teen Series presents Runaway. Readers are formally introduced to Kera. It's the summer time and although Kera is taking enrichment classes and working, she already knows that it's going to be scorching where her and her girls, Dymond and Porsha, are concerned. To add a little flavor to the mix, the tantalizing three have an additional friend, Solimar, a Latina that they've inducted into their clique.
Is it a match made in heaven, or a curse? At any rate, Kera and Manny are in the thick of it. Although Manny and Kera are dating, Manny is still shopping his options with other chicks. But it's too late because he's already captured Kera's "puppy" love. Heartbroken as she catches Manny being dishonest, disloyal and disrespectful, can the sassy, confident Kera bounce back?
Also invading the series is Shane Warrington, a questionable young man whose time in the park instantly erodes Kera's thoughts. With so much mystery surrounding Shane, Kera finds herself being a confidant, creeping around and eventually separating from her girls. Sandwiched between rumors, drama and judgment will she retreat to being a run-run-runaway?
Ring the alarm Ms. Rhythm didn't raise a sucker, did she?
Like the other books in the Platinum Teen Series, I appreciate the fact that Precious and Juwell are writing books that encompass teens.(less)
Mercedes Clinton is sweet sixteen and boy is she ready to let her hair down and explore the wilder side of life. Privileged, living in an upsca...moreRampage
Mercedes Clinton is sweet sixteen and boy is she ready to let her hair down and explore the wilder side of life. Privileged, living in an upscale community, attending a boarding school and laced with all of the hottest gear, Mercedes is still in search of her own identity. Preparing to tear the mall up with her favorite cuzo, Keisha, visiting for the summer from New York, Mercedes is thrown for a couple of loops. How will Mercedes endure her summer vacation with Daddy and Mommy keeping a tight grasp on her?
Ride Wit' Me is packaged for all ages. As a parent myself, I would suggest that parents read it first, deciding for their teens if Ride Wit' Me is something that they want to expose them to. Although bad language was filtered from this project, there is sex and vicious deeds. I was disappointed when there weren't any consequences for the poor judgments used as well as the fairy tale ending. Ride Wit' Me is not a difficult book to read, however, it is irresponsible and I would like to see Katina King and Young Diamond Books utilize more discretion where our youth are concerned.
Ride Wit' Me, Let me show you where we kick it at, ride wit' a G. (less)
Jayd Jackson is a `rebel with a mouth,' street smart, book smart and wise about the games guys play. Jayd is still a typical girl...moreMakes Me Wanna Holler
Jayd Jackson is a `rebel with a mouth,' street smart, book smart and wise about the games guys play. Jayd is still a typical girl and she fell for one of the cutest, more popular guys at South Bay High. KJ was the nicest, most considerate boyfriends a girl could want. That is until it came time for the cookie distribution. Translation, Jayd wasn't ready for sex so Mr. Considerate moved on to the next chick.
It's the first week of school and drama seems to be lurking all around Jayd as she tries to deal with her classes, her family and her first broken heart. It would be simpler if she knew precisely who was and wasn't her friend. Misty has been posing as a friend for far too long and now that Trecee is in Jayd's face about KJ, her ex, she knows that some type of way Misty is caught in the middle, but how, she isn't certain.
Drama High: The Fight was initially purchased for my younger cousin. I usually pre-read anything I'm considering for her because of the content some authors deem age appropriate. Though I believe that this is some mess that high schoolers unfortunately are locked into, I have to say that the whole potions and cleansings were too much for me. Even with all of that, I think Drama High: The Fight truly reps what high school is like. (less)
Divine has come a long way from her Hollywood diva-ish ways. She’s no longer that girl vying for attention from the photographers, and is b...moreMonitorings
Divine has come a long way from her Hollywood diva-ish ways. She’s no longer that girl vying for attention from the photographers, and is blessed to know what it’s like to live a normal life. Granted she’s experienced some things, thanks to her parents being who they are, but for the most part, Divine Matthews-Hardison is an average teenager.
In part 3, DIVINE SECRETS, Divine is besieged. Madison wants to reconcile, but she’s experienced the pain of heartbreak and doesn’t want to ever feel that way again. Alyssa is considering sex with Stephen in order to prevent a break-up. Her father is newly married and wants her and her step-mom, Ava, to become friends. Her mom is saying she isn’t involved with Kevin Nash, an actor; the tabloids are saying they are. Juggling all of this, Divine notices that Mia, one of her BF’s is in serious trouble. Mia adamantly denies that her relationship with her new boyfriend, Tim, is the problem. Divine has noticed the changes in Mia’s behavior and worries that she’s diluted by foolishness. After some persuasion, Mia confided in Divine, swearing her to secrecy. Soon Mia’s secret completely takes over causing Divine to constantly worry and live in fear that her friend will be seriously injured. Divine has to decide whether to violate the friendship code and tell Mia’s secret.
DIVINE SECRETS, part 3 in the Divine series, deals with physical abuse, teen pregnancy, forgiveness and dating. I’m enjoying the development of the characters and how the topics are always are rerouted to living right with God.
Parents, your teens will love this series. It comes filled with drama, consequences and a real perspective. (less)
Divine and her boo, Madison , have tied the knot! Calm down, it's not real! However, as she and Madison are basking in the bliss of their...moreRole Playing
Divine and her boo, Madison , have tied the knot! Calm down, it's not real! However, as she and Madison are basking in the bliss of their honeymoon, the past keeps drudging up plenty of drama. If that isn't enough, Divine learns that she's not the only one with nuptials on the mind as her mom shares the news that Kevin Nash has popped the question. Is Divine ready to share her mom again?
Life in Temple, Georgia, may not be as fast, glamorous or loaded with the paparazzi as it was for her in California , but Divine is still making all the news. When people at school find out that she and Madison are married, soon all of the kids in Temple appear to be following suit. What lesson will Divine learn about the power that she possesses?
As always little Miss. Hollywood has to learn how to handle life while balancing another heart break, accepting Kevin and Ava as step-parents and realizing that may be she is too young after all for a commitment.
DIVINE MATCH-UP is educational as well as amusing and comes with a raving recommendation of course. (less)
Just when life seemed better, Keysha has to put up with a lot. Her mother, Justine, is fresh out of jail, with a new baby and deman...moreMistakes Overturned
Just when life seemed better, Keysha has to put up with a lot. Her mother, Justine, is fresh out of jail, with a new baby and demanding visitation rights. Keysha knows that Justine hasn't changed. And while the court is willing to give her a second chance, she isn't. She's appalled when she learns the reason for Justine wanting her in her life and refuses to jeopardize the family that she has now for anything. Wesley, her boyfriend and only friend, had to move to Indiana while his dad gets better and their house is being rebuilt. Through the distance Keysha can tell that Indiana proves to be a lot rougher than what the suburban kid is used to and can't wait for them to return. Younger brother Mike seems to be experiencing growing pains. He's taller and bulkier and soon his hormones are raging all out of control causing him to risk his safety and that of others in order to get what he wants.
LESSON LEARNED is the third part to the Keysha series. It became redundant as the author continuously reminded readers of the characters and what happened prior. Not only that, he apparently forgot that in the first part of the series Keysha lived on the WESTSIDE of Chicago and now he has her mother living on the SOUTH SIDE. This wouldn't be an issue since the mother had gone to jail, however, it was said to be the neighborhood she grew up in and her last neighbor was also still across the hall from her mother. I also didn't like the way the author portrayed the city to be so rough, impossible to live in and raise children. Like in the media, the crime and sorts are always front page news. The city is much bigger than the suburbs giving the illusion that things are far worse than they are. While I will never be one to deny that CHICAGO does have its fair share of violence, but I feel here, he made it seem like anyone not living in the suburbs didn't have a chance at living or advantages.