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By Stephanie Dunnewind, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Sexual content needs discussion in urban coming-of-age read.

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Teens will identify with Kendra's engaging first-person voice. She boasts a stereotypes-busting family, with a well-educated teen mom and a close relationship with her father, who pays regular child support. Nearly every chapter ends the same way, however, with Kendra let down by her mom. While this may be realistic, it grows tedious even for sympathetic readers who feel Kendra's pain of rejection.

For a self-described shy "good girl," Kendra's sudden jump to anal sex in the teachers lounge at school seems out of character, especially when she does it again despite feeling used. Her only explanation: "Why did I do this? I don't know." Readers will be glad when Kendra begins to accept her mother and her boyfriend on her own terms.

Book Details

  • Author: Coe Booth
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Push
  • Publication date: October 1, 2008
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 14 - 14
  • Number of pages: 292
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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