Product Description The acclaimed author of TYRELL returns to PUSH with a striking novel about a mother and daughter who are only fourteen years apart, but need to learn to understand each other before its too late. Kendras mom, Renee, had her when she was only 14 years old. Renee and her mom made a deal -- Renee could get an education, and Kendra would live with her grandmother. But now Renees out of grad school and Kendras in high school ... and getting into some trouble herself. Kendras grandmother lays down the law: Its time for Renee to take care of her daughter. Kendra wants this badly -- even though Renee keeps disappointing her. Being a mother isnt easy, but being a daughter can be just as hard. Now its up to Kendra and Renee to make it work. From School Library Journal Starred Review. Grade 9 UpGrowing up with her grandmother in Bronxwood, 14-year-old Kendra Williamson is waiting for Rene, her 28-year-old mom, to finish school so they can get their own place. Kendra cant help but feel abandoned when her mother gets her PhD at Princeton and then moves to a studio apartment in Harlem, once again leaving her daughter behind. When her grandmothers restrictive rules, her crushs physical attention, and her friends self-absorption become overwhelming, Kendra gets her chance to live with her mother and learn whether Rene can be a true parent. Booth has a talent for emotional honesty. When Kendra confronts her mother about her previous choices and learns that, if she could change the past, she would not keep Kendra, the feelings of abandonment and betrayal radiate from the page. The convoluted but redeeming friendship between Kendra and her best friend and aunt, Adonna, resonates with heartbreak and honesty. Teens will appreciate Kendras internal justification monologues, especially in relation to her Nana; Booth balances that self-examination with street fights to further engage her audience. Adults act as fully realized characters, serving as disciplinarians and mentors, not moralizing preachers. Kendras quick acquiescence to anal sex seems to be too fast, though this and all other sex scenes are neither graphic nor gratuitous. From Bronx blocks to Harlem hangouts, Booth delivers dynamic characters and an engaging story. Chris Shoemaker, New York Public Library Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. From Booklist Fans of Tyrell (2006)will welcome another tale about a Bronx teen facing big challenges. Fifteen-year-old Kendra has been raised by hergrandmother, Nana,while her 29-year-old mother has been away earning university degrees. Now that her mothers PhD is complete, Kendra is hoping that the family will finally reunite, but her mom chooses to get a studio apartment without her daughter. Kendras longing for love leads her too quickly into a physical relationship with hot Nashawn. Kendra doesnt want sex, in partbecause Nana threatens to have her physically checked to confirm her virginity, butNashawn suggests oral and anal sex as alternatives to traditional intercourse. Kendra agrees, and she isguilt ridden over the acts (which are frankly discussed) as well asconfused by the passion she feels. Her father, who is in a dead-end job as a snack-food truck driver, rounds out the strong secondary characters. Kendras talent at architectural drawing and set design will attract artistic teens, while her realistic daily problems with friends, family, and boys will appeal to a wide audience. Grades 10-12. --Cindy Dobrez About the Author Coe Booth is a graduate of The New Schools Writing for Children MFA program, and a winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize for Young Adult Fiction. She is the author of Tyrell and Kendra, and was born and still lives in the Bronx.
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