It Is What It Is by Nikki Carter
A So For Real Novel

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Gia's got to face the good, the bad, and the new. . .

Gia Stokes is psyched for the start of her junior year at Longfellow High. She's co-captain of the Hi-Steppers dance squad, she's back on good terms with her cousin Hope, and her best friend Ricky has achieved hottie status as the school's new first-string quarterback. Now all the girls are after him, including Valerie--Gia's co-captain--and Hope. They both want Gia's help to score a date with Ricky, but how is Gia supposed to choose between them? If that wasn't enough, she also has to deal with a new dad and an annoying fourteen-year-old stepsister. It's going to take every ounce of faith Gia has to flip this script and make her junior year one to remember.

"Gia Stokes might be a Hi-Stepper, but this teen role model has both feet on the ground as she meets life's challenges with style and grace." --Melody Carlson, author of the Diary of a Teenage Girl series


About Nikki Carter

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Nikki Carter is the author of the drama-filled Fab Life series, including: Not A Good Look, All The Wrong Moves, Doing My Own Thing, and On the Flip Side. On the Flip Side was nominated for a 2012 Young Adult Library Services Association award. She lives in Carrolton, TX (near Dallas). Visit her at
Published July 1, 2009 by Kensington Books. 240 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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When Valerie, the other co-captain, commandeers Gia to rekindle an old flame between she and Kevin (Gia’s BFF), sparks fly when Hope (Gia’s cousin) is added to the mix.

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