The It Chicks



Wannabe stars are full of drama in series debut.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Characters use one another and gossip about each other. Kids party and mess around -- not that their self-absorbed or absent parents would notice.

Not applicable

Characters make out, pose nude for one another, and talk about sex toys. One character even describes whipping her boyfriend "with my bra while he lies there in a fetal position and sucks on the heel of my stilettos."


Readers will find all the biggies here -- and lots of 'em.


Some labels are dropped: Red Bull, Starbucks, Fendi, Roberto Cavalli, Christian Louboutin, plus the names of real real hip-hop artists.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Characters drink, use drugs (Valium and pot). One character sell drugs.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this book features kissing and petting, a character poses nude for an art class drawing, and girls talk about sex toys. One character even describes whipping her boyfriend "with my bra while he lies there in a fetal position and sucks on the heel of my stilettos." There is drinking, drug dealing, and using, and lots of strong language. Some labels are dropped: Red Bull, Starbucks, Fendi, Roberto Cavalli, Christian Louboutin, plus the names of real hip-hop artists.

What's the story?

Tangie starts school at a New York City performing arts school, ready to dance. But the drama here happens both on and off the stage: uber-popular (but drug-dependent) Eden starts dating a gangsta rapper, rumors abound about a mysterious new girl who claims to be only 14, and even good-girl Tangie finds herself torn between her soul mate and the school's star dancer. This book packs in plenty of plot: There are closeted gay characters, a diva who is secretly super insecure -- and even a mystery surrounding Tangie's mom's long disappearance from her daughter's life. All the while the kids are dancing and drawing and acting their little hearts out.

Is it any good?


This series debut, about a group of mostly African-American teens at a New York City performing arts school, does have a fun premise. It has a lot of the familiar trappings -- backstabbing friends, closeted characters, absent parents, drugs, sex, fashion -- and enough lively dialogue to hook readers who like these never-ending soap opera sagas. At least these characters are good at something besides shopping, starving themselves, and gossip (though there's plenty of that here, too) -- they sweat on the dance floor, practice their drama dialogues, etc. Even the drugged-out, popular-but-hollow senior girl is presented as an enormous acting talent.

The big problem with this book -- and a lot of these clique lit series installments -- is that it spews too many story lines. Nothing is resolved here, and characters don't really show any growth. Fans may itch for the next volume, but they really won't have learned anything here.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about young adult books -- like this one -- that feature lots of gritty, mature material. Is it OK for authors to push the envelope if it gets kids reading books? Do authors like Tia Williams promote unhealthy behavior by writing books that make drugs and sex seem glamorous?

Book details

Author:Tia Williams
Genre:Coming of Age
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Jump at the Sun
Publication date:April 1, 2007
Number of pages:304
Publisher's recommended age(s):12 - 17

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Kid, 12 years old September 11, 2010
I love it
What other families should know
Great role models
Teen, 16 years old Written by90210pam November 23, 2009

joyful, cool

besides all the bad stuff its funny intertaning it makes you feel like you kinda want to be there its so cool
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written byQu33nLola December 28, 2009

This book is Poppin'!!

This book is the best ,because it kinda relates to what kids (teenz) nowadays are doing-- and NOT just drugs,drinking,exc.-- Most of the people i know want to be SUCCESSFUL and Be Noticed and'll do ANYTHING to get it!! AND this book shows EXACTLY that! BUY IT!!


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