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4.02  ·  Rating details ·  215 ratings  ·  50 reviews
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 (first published January 1st 2010)
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Feb 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, own
"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
Nov 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
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 there
Amy Lignor
Sep 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 hou
Aug 03, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Apr 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Alexis Villery
Feb 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 01, 2012 rated it liked it
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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
Nov 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
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. ...more
Grace Helmuth
Jan 06, 2021 rated it liked it
In the novel Teenie by Christopher Grant, freshman Marine (Teenie) is a very bright student. Her braces have just been taken off, she has a new dress, and she is ready to make an appearance. She tries to be confident, but she's a wreck inside. She's just had a fight with her best friend Cherise and can'tget her mind off of a prestigious study abbroad program in Spain she is trying to be accepted in. Things are further complicated when she gets the attention of her long time crush Greg, who isn't ...more
Jayla Barbour
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Martine begins as a geeky girl who just started high school as freshman. One day, when she decides to dress all pretty for school after getting her braces taken off, the guy she has like for the longest time comes up to her and begins to talk to her. Not only that, but Martine realizes that how she looked and acted before, needs a huge adjustment. So she completely changes her look. Martine has also been working extremely hard to get into this exchange program for YSSAP. So, Martine has to worry ...more
Bri Julie
Mar 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite books. It felt so personal! As an Afro-Caribbean teen living in Brooklyn myself, I found “Teenie” to be awfully relatable. It also serves as a cautionary tale - not everyone who is attractive is necessarily a good person. I think this book is important for other young girls to read. 5 stars!
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
At the start, this book was a little slow but there were many lessons throughout the book. The reason I rated it 4 stars instead of 5 is because it did get boring at sometimes. At the end, the message was extremely powerful.
Taliyah Mccool
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really do love this book I really recommend those people who hasn't been reading it to go get the book it great for teen and adult. ...more
Tianna Cain
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book last year. Teenie and I had quite a lot in common which I enjoyed reading about.
Aug 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: summer-reading
Teenie Book Review
By Salvamarie Alifonso
One of the cool books I read this summer is Tennie by Christopher Grant. This book is based on a teenage girl named Martine also known as Tennie. This basically revolves around Tennie and her acadamic work. Her best friend however, is the opposite of her. Teenie really wants to go to Spain and explore with her class but then all of a sudden her high school crush all of a sudden starts to pay attention to her and the next thing you know, she's already side
Jan 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Sofia I
Dec 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Martine, also known as Teenie, is an excellent high school student. Her main goal is to get into YSSAP, which is where the top students are able to go to study in Spain for one semester. She is only focused on trying to get into this program. That is until she is faced with a few problems. Teenie's friend Cherise has convinced her to wear something for boys to notice her. I was not very fond of Cherise's character she wasn't the best influence. Unlike Teenie, she isn't nice "come on,
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Teenie’s plight is one of heartbreaking familiarity. She’s smart, beautiful, attentive and ambitious. She’s also subject to the double standards of an old-fashioned father who coddles his sons and a prim mother who expects proper conduct denoting a well-reared daughter. None of her finer qualities prepares her for the precarious world of dating and interaction with boys, especially boys older than she. When she lands in a situation that is all too common to modern girls, the threat of her predic ...more
Medeia Sharif
Dec 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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Apr 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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.
Mar 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Mar 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, urban, 99-problems
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.
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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

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