Itâ€™s summertime in Bed-Stuy â€œDo or Dieâ€ Brooklyn, and Kate is feeling down in the dumps. Not only is she tired of her raggedy, tomboy image, but sheâ€™s also missing her best friend, Felicia, whoâ€™s away for the summer. Lonely and not exactly getting along with her new foster mother, Lynn, Kate so badly wants to be out and about, twirling pretty, and partying---and
In the beginning of the story, Kate is unhappy and feels lonely, but as the book progresses her character begins to develop because of all the moments that she spends with her foster mother Lynn and Charles, the boy she likes. This help her realize ...more
So she ends up hanging with Naleejah. Naleejah has Gucci bags, great hair, and lots of guys. Interestingly, Kate's not impressed by that. She spends most of the ...more
Publication Date: November 13, 2008
Age Recommendation: Grade 9+
Publisher St. Martin’s Griffin
Reviewed by: JAGLVR
Rating: 4 stars
Kate is fourteen and has grown up in the foster care system in New York. She’s finally living in an environment that is pretty stable, as far as foster care goes. She lives with Lynn and Ted and she actually has her own room. That’s never happened before. So why would she want to ruin such a good thing?
It’s the summer and he ...more
Kate is fourteen and has grown up in the foster care system in New York. She's finally living in an environment that is pretty stable, as far as foster care goes. She lives with Lynn and Ted and she actually has her own room. That's never happened before. So why would she want to ruin such a good thing?
It's the summer and her best friend, Felicia, has gone on a two-month trip to South Africa. Kate had the chance to go with her, but when she found out some ...more
Bored and with nothing to do, she wanders off to watch her homeboy Charles play at a basketball game, and ...more
Kate, a foster child, has always felt alone and joined a gang to fit in. From fighting, drinking and drugs, Kate meets Felicia, and wants to alter her lack of and begins to work harder in school and takes an interest in living instead of going along with the flow of things. Felicia's away and Kate finds herself alone yet again. While her foster mother makes an effort to bridge the gap between them, Kate has already decided that she's not trying to get too wrapped up.
Watching Charl ...more
I was hoping that this would be the bridge book between The Skin I'm In and The Coldest Winter Ever, and it almost is. I like that at 14, Kate is already out of a gang, and already done dealing pot. Unfortunately, the plot completely flatlines.