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Who am I without him?
Growing up black and poor and trying to figure it all out isn't easy.
This collection of short stories is funny and anguished at the same time.
Meet Erika who likes only white boys. And E who is too poor to have
nice clothes and tries to find a way to impress the rich girl in his class.
And Raheem who knows he can treat his girlfriend badly but she will always
be there for him. And Cheryl who wants to date her best friend's
guy. They are all here. And they all have a powerful story
Written in the backdrop of
almost any high school with a diverse population, the portrayal of the
characters in this text is riveting. Sharon Flake pulls off a daring attempt
to create stories that reveal the true world in which young black female
teenagers live. This collection of stories contains experiences that all
young women can relate to and includes issues related to the dangerous
and sometimes unhealthy relationships in which they engage with young men.
This text reflects the often times gritty experiences young girls encounter
during high school. (Prepared by: Tiffany A. Flowers for SCASL
Young Adult Awards, 2008)