A Girl Like Me by Ni-Ni Simone

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She's got a voice like Keisha Cole, attitude to burn--and is the body-rockin', Bebe-sporting girl everyone in her high school wants to be. . .or be with. But in real life, sixteen-year-old Elite has a crack-addicted mother, no father in sight, and is secretly raising her sister and two brothers on her own. Now a radio contest has put her up-close-and-personal with mega-hot singer Haneef and their chemistry is too sizzling for Elite to stop pretending. And as the clock ticks down fast for this 'hood Cinderella, she has only one shot to save her family and make all of her dreams come true...

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Ni-Ni Simone is a Jersey girl with an obsession for reality TV and celebrity gossip. She never intended to write teen fiction, but her editor and the literary gods had other plans. She whipped up her first novel, Shortie Like Mine, in two weeks, and has been in love with writing ever since. Shortie was the first of Ni-Ni's books to be selected by YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) as a Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, and it's also a Virginia Readers' Choice Selection. When she's not writing, Ni-Ni is soaking up inspiration from music, TV, and most of all, the teens out there hanging tough no matter what comes their way. Ni-Ni lives in North Jersey with her husband and their children. Visit her online at ninisimone.com, on Facebook @ NiNiSimoneOfficialFanPage, and follow her on Twitter @ IamNiNiSimone.Amir Abrams is a regular dude with a dream. Born in Brooklyn, Amir has a thing for fresh kicks, fly whips, and all things Polo. For Amir, writing teen fiction was never something he imagined himself doing until he started working with Ni-Ni Simone on the Hollywood High series. In addition to the Hollywood High series, he also penned Crazy Love and The Girl of His Dreams, and the upcoming novel, Caught Up. You can hit him up at amir_abrams@yahoo.com, on Facebook at itsyaboyamir, or follow him on Twitter @ItsyaboyAmir.
Published October 25, 2008 by Kensington Books. 289 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Readers of traditional urban fiction or even the edgier young-adult fiction of late—such as Coe Booth’s Tyrell (2006)—may be disappointed with the novel’s lack of grit.

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This Cinderella story of a courageous ghetto girl will appeal to many young readers who admire or inhabit a world similar to Elite’s, a 17-year-old beauty trapped in poverty by her crackhead mother.

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By Leona Romich • Jan 28th, 2009 • Category: Book Review 2009 • Email This Post • Print This Post A GIRL LIKE ME by Ni-Ni Simone tells the story of sixteen year-old, Elite Juliana Parker who has a sultry voice like Keyshia Cole and the range of Mariah Carey.

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