True Story by Ni-Ni Simone

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“Slow down, Low Down. You might be cute and have a bright NBA future ahead of you, Josiah. But yo trill is all ill! How you gone’ say something like that? Zaire is re to the formed!”

Simone, Ni-Ni. True Story. Kensington Publishing Corp., 2013. 202 pages. Paperback. $9.95, ISBN 978-0-7582-8772-0

Seven McKnight, sophomore at Stiles University, is headed back to school after spending the summer with her new boyfriend, Zaire. Zaire is on his own, trying to pay his way through college working full-time while going to school full-time.

Seven’s ex-boyfriend, Josiah, is also a student and star basketball player at Stiles University. Josiah is very interested in getting Seven back but he cheated on Seven and that just isn’t something she can forgive.

Seven will be torn between spending time with her new boyfriend, wanting to enjoy college life with her friends Khya and Shae, and trying to deter her ex-boyfriend, who just happened to be her best friend from childhood.

I loved this story. It was funny but also dealt with some serious relationship issues. Read to find out how Seven handles these issues. Will she stay with Zaire? Will she get back together with Josiah? Or will she spend some time on her own?

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Gr 10 Up—College sophomore Seven McKnight has spent the summer holed up with her new man, Zaire. But when September comes and school is back in session, her former love, Josiah, is putting the full-court press on her. Who will Seven choose-reformed bad boy Zaire, with whom she shares a comfortable routine, or the ex who broke her heart? Readers will be caught up in the melodrama that swirls around the 18-year-old. Hilarious sidekicks and BFFs who simply want her to enjoy college life are with her every step of the way. Though some of Seven’s actions and decisions may be uncomfortable, her character is well drawn and certainly rings true as a teen trying on adult relationships for the first time. The book is filled with great banter among the characters and captures the spirit of life at a big city university. Teens will enjoy the latest chapter in this urban heroine’s story.—Elaine Baran Black, Georgia Public Library Service, Atlanta

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No Boyz Allowed by Ni-Ni Simone

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Gem and Malik move into their third foster home of the  year. Follow Gem as she tries to adjust to her new home and school, reconnect with an old friend, connect with new friends and a very sexy new boyfriend, and learn some things about herself along the way.

Simone, Ni-Ni. No Boyz Allowed. Kensington Publishing Corp., 2012. 244 pages. Paperback. $9.95, ISBN 978-0-7582-4193-1

Gem is sixteen, her brother Malik is eight, their mother is a crack head and they don’t know who their father is.

“The moment the soles of my crisp white Concords hit the concrete and my brother and I stood in front of our new foster home – our third one this year, our umpteenth this lifetime- I knew this was destined to be a hot mess.”

Gem has a bad attitude, to say the least. She’s fed up with the system and trusts no one but herself. Who could blame her with all that she and Malik have been through.

Gem used to love basketball and she was good at it. She had skillz.

“Never mind that playing ball was the only escape I had. The only worry-free zone in my life… I had to skip all that and fast forward to my reality-which had no room for three point plays.”

So what happens next? Gem reconnects with her best friend Pop from years ago, joins Pop’s No Boyz Allowed Club where no guy can come between their friendship and goes to a new school. Do you think she can lose the attitude and connect with her new family? What about basketball, will she play? And then there is her new oh soooo sexy boyfriend, Ny’eem. Will he be a problem for the No Boyz Allowed Club? Read and find out!

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© Chris Peeler 2013