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The only thing more intense than teen love is a break-up with the uncertainty of a make-up. This exciting new series serves up two tales of love that will shake-up your assumptions of relationships. So buckle up, it's time to get real, learn to deal, and move on with this first volume of The Break-Up Diaries.Hot Boyz Ni-Ni SimoneChance Kennedy always gets what she wants, even if she has to bend the truth to do it. She's set her sights on extremely fine and college-bound Ahmad King, and she will do anything to become his girl. There's only one problem: she didn't count on love entering the picture. Now she's scrabbling to make things right before the tiny white lie she's told to lock down her guy blows up in everyone's face. Now, the girl with everything may lose it all. . .The Boy Trap Kelli LondonPretty, popular, and with mad potential, Gabrielle Newton is, hands down, the girl to know. But Gabrielle only has time for Tyler Scott, Lakeview High's hottest new athlete. He's the golden ticket to her dream: becoming an NBA star's pampered wife. But when Gabrielle plays Tyler one time too many, suddenly more than their relationship is on the line . . .
Everybody remembers their first kisses, their first loves--and their first break-ups. In this collection, Simone and London spin two realistic tales about teen couples who discover that not every love story gets a happy ending.
They have everything their parents' mega-celebrity can give--but when the Pampered Princesses of Hollywood High take aim at each other, the last girl standing will have everything to lose.London Phillips needs a time-out from her mother's rules, and from her crazy clandestine romance with hottie Justice Banks. To keep her cool, and keep her secrets, she turns to her parent-approved billionaire fake boyfriend. But unexpected romantic sparks ignite a firestorm of their own...Rich Montgomery wants to start fresh with her true love. But the web of lies she's created is pushing her past the edge, spinning her into battles she can't afford to lose...Teen TV star Heather Cummings never thought she'd land in rehab. Resuscitating her career means getting clean. Yet, she never thought she'd find a counselor who'd redefine what abstinence means...Spencer Ellington is so done losing besties and boyfriends. Good thing she's been keeping track of a stash of scandals. Now she's ready to begin a media feeding frenzy even Hollywood High's in-crowd may not survive...
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...
She's got a voice like an R'n'B diva, attitude to burn and is the body-rockin', hip fashion-sporting girl everyone in her high school wants to be - or be with. But in real life 16-year-old Elite has a crack-addict 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 hot for Elite to keep pretending. As the clock ticks down fast for this hood Cinderella, she has one shot to save her family and make all of her dreams come true.
Four wealthy and glamorous California teens deal with boyfriend troubles, parent drama, addiction, and more.
They're the daughters of celebrities--the kind all the teen mags gossip about! But the It Girls of Hollywood High are about to discover that fame has a price. And no friendship--or romance--is safe. . .London Phillips will diet as her mother demands. She'll even date the billionaire her mother has chosen for her. But she won't give up her secret hottie, Justice Banks. She and Justice plan to elope--right after he becomes a hip-hop superstar. All he has to do is seduce a media mogul's darling daughter, Rich Montgomery, and a record deal is his! But he better remember London is really his girl. . .Rich is so lucky to have a BFF like London. It was London who introduced her to dreamy Justice. Little does she know that her new heartthrob is about to cause a media explosion that will change this spoiled princess's life forever. . .Spencer Ellington hates to see a billionaire go to waste. That's why she's hooking up with London's boyfriend, Anderson Ford. London may not be in love with Anderson, but she believes he'll do anything for her. Just wait till she finds out the only thing Anderson is doing is Spencer. . .Heather Cummings wants in with the It Girls to secure the spotlight for her actress mother. But when she stumbles upon a secret about the father she never knew, she discovers she has ties to the clique so scandalous it may just bring Hollywood High's in-crowd to their knees! "Simone tells authentic stories of teen life in the 'hood better than any other author currently writing contemporary YA street lit." --Library Journal on Teenage Love Affair (starred review)
With a bootylicious body like Beyoncé and a face that would put any top model to shame, Toi McKnight has all the cuties coming her way. Who could blame them? She was always rocking the latest fashion trends and hanging at every bangin' party in the city. But all that came at a price, and now Toi McKnight is the seventeen-year-old mother of a baby boy. Between bills to pay and adult responsibilities to meet, she's got zero time for sizzling gossip, chilling with her friends or doing the things she used to. So when unexpected sparks start flying between her and six-foot-two, deliciously fine Harlem, Toi knows she's got to dead any chance of a relationship fast since he doesn't date teenage mothers--and she's vowed to never love again. But every time Toi tries to cut Harlem loose, she falls harder for him. And all the other drama in her life doesn't help the situation any, especially when her son's father comes back around. Toi tries to do the right thing, but doing the right thing just may put her on heartbreak express for good. Introducing teen writing sensation Ni-Ni Simone. With a raw, fresh, and unmistakable voice, she proves herself a force to be reckoned with. Simone lives in New Jersey and is a graduate of Kean University.
In the successful tradition of Dafina's Drama High comes a fresh, hip novel following urban teens as they struggle to balance family, school and relationships in the hood. With a bootylicious body and a face that would put any model to shame, Toi McKnight had all the cuties coming her way - but popularity came at a price, and now Toi is the 17-year-old mother of a baby boy.
Pretty little lies gone viral have left Hollywood High's elite Pampered Princesses reeling. Now their secrets are in 24/7 overdrive--and only one diva can be victorious...Finally, London Phillips is defying her domineering mother and taking control of her life. But she's striking back with a weapon that could destroy her future--and her last chance at real love...Two too many cuties have left Rich Montgomery desperate for the perfect cover-up--but when her house of lies comes tumbling down, things get pretty twisted and her fate is left in the hands of her most vengeful frenemy... Heather Cummings is more successful than ever thanks to an amazing comeback--and the ultimate Hollywood betrayal. But old habits die hard and threaten to turn her glittering success to sparkling ash...There's no one better than Spencer Ellington when it comes to revenge. But stopping her inheritance-stealing mother and saving her crown turns into an all-access media battle. Now Hollywood High's in-crowd is poised for oh-so-sweet payback . . . "The girls and the secondary characters of Hollywood High are never shy of drama." --APOOO Book Club
Gem is disappointed to be staying at yet another new foster home. At first she just wants to run away, but soon she finds a best friend, caring family members, and romance. Simone's raw, authentic style resonates with readers and reflects the reality of teen life. In this work, she incorporates characters from her most popular titles into one fast-paced, edgy teen tale.
Simone tells authentic stories of teen life in the 'hood better than any other author currently writing contemporary YA street lit. --Library Journal on Teenage Love Affair (starred review)True story: I'm Gem, G-E-M, like a precious jewel, and my life has been nothing like my name. I've been on my own since I was nine and now I'm sixteen. But so what. I'm good, and so is my little brother. So why the state won't let us do our own thing is beyond me. Instead, we've been forced to live with a foster family who wants to love us, but I'm not beat--I'm just trying to do me. To make matters worse, I've been checking for this guy, Ny'eem. But my new clique has an unbreakable rule--no boyz allowed to come between our friendship--which is forcing me to keep my relationship with Ny'eem a secret. Though not for long. . .because in high school secrets are always exposed, scandals always rewrite the rules, and friendships are never what they seem. . . . "Excitement, drama, and life lessons. . .. Upgrade U is sure to be a classic." --A.J. Byrd, author of Losing Romeo"A new series with a pair of drama-fueled stories about girls looking for love in all the wrong ways." --Publishers Weekly on The Break-Up Diaries
Explosive rumors and a mega-media frenzy almost ended the Pampered Princesses' reign as Hollywood High royalty. Now only one diva can win the ultimate fame of thrones. . . London Phillips is keeping her billionaire boyfriend close--and her secrets closer--by pretending to play her mother's game. But the rules dramatically change when her ex-boo, Justice Banks, ends up in the arms of her best friend . . .One lie too many cost spoiled Rich Montgomery her one true love. No problem--finding a new man is what she does best. But a certain bad boy's drama is more dangerous than she ever imagined . . .Fresh out of rehab, teen star Heather Cummings has Hollywood High's newest hottie dead in her party-girl sights. And unexpected news could fulfill all her dreams--or shatter them for good. . .Spencer Ellington wants revenge. And making alliances with her ex-frenemy and her biggest enemy is a small price to pay to expose everyone's dirty little deceptions--and conquer Hollywood High's powerful in-crowd once and for all. . ."The girls and the secondary characters of Hollywood High are never shy of drama." --APOOO Book Club
A YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult ReadersWhat happens when the girl everyone least expects gets the guy all the chicks want...?she can rock Apple Bottoms jeans and stilettos like nobody's business, but she's got her share of issues. It's not easy being the thickest one in her clique or hiding that her rebellious twin sister Toi is playing wifey to the neighborhood thug. And Seven is definitely not happy that she's feelin' the school's hottest baller, Josiah, especially since he's dating her high maintenance girlfriend, Deeyah. But when Deeyah decides to play Josiah and his worst enemy against each other, she'll have everyone facing off in the worst way. The question is can Seven try and set things right or does she end up trying to save herself from major heartbreak?
Seven McKnight has always felt she was the biggest and most developed girl at home, at school and in her all-girl crew. She rarely hangs out with her friends, who are all Beyonce-fly and pick up all the boys. Then her friend's boyfriend Josiah, a gorgeous senior who just happens to be on the school basketball team, asks her to be his maths tutor. And when a rumour gets started that Seven's stolen Josiah from her mate, the drama really kicks off. . .
17-year-old Zsa-Zsa Fields is the body rockin', name droppin' and top model poppin' girl that all the haters love to hate and everyone else tries to imitate. But she has a secret: the love of her life, Ameen Jones, is a handful of trouble and their relationship is out of control. After a tragic event lands her in hospital, Zsa Zsa finally breaks up with Ameen. But there's more drama around the corner when things heat up between her and her best friend, Malachi; especially when she finds out that she's not the only one who wants him.
Check it: I'm Zsa-Zsa. Some call me arrogant, but I call it confidence. You decide when you find out what I'm working with.First things first--I'm seventeen, but I'm grown and have been for a long time. I have my own ride, my mama doesn't clock my time, and my boyfriend, Ameen, is getting money like you wouldn't believe. There's only one problem: when Ameen gets mad, sometimes he takes his anger out on me. And yeah, maybe I could leave him, but there's no way Ameen could imagine being without me. So now I'm all confused, especially since my first love, Malachi, is back in my life. Ameen is not giving up without a fight, and no matter how hard I try, the love I have for Malachi won't go away. And did I mention that Malachi has a girl? Needless to say, my days are filled with drama. So this is my story and you need to come and chill with me as I try and see what boy is for me, what love is all about, and if my first teenage love affair will forever rule or ruin my life. Praise for Ni-Ni Simone "Urban teen readers may recognize their friends and themselves in the language, music and feel of this fluffy-but-fun read." --Kirkus Reviews on If I Was Your Girl"Ni-Ni Simone's fast-paced writing keeps me coming back for more." --L. Divine, author of the Drama High series
What's a girl to do when love has her caught up?That's the plight of eighteen-year-old Seven McKnight. Her freshman year at Stiles University turned out to be a tug of war for her heart and her sophomore year promised more of the same. Just when she'd sworn off her ex-boyfriend, Josiah Whitaker, and thought she'd never love him again, he boldly stepped back into her life, with no regard that she'd moved on with Zaire St. James, her new boyfriend. Caught off guard and thrust into a whirlwind of emotion, Seven no longer knows if she should stay or go. . . All she knows is that old feelings won't die, her new love is being ruined by lies, and the fairy tale she once dreamed of may never become her true story. Praise for Ni-Ni Simone"Smart and cutting, full of clever comebacks. " --Kirkus on No Boyz Allowed"This is creative, innovative, and important storytelling for today's urban teen readership. " --Library Journal on Teenage Love Affair
What's a girl to do when love has her caught up?That's the plight of eighteen-year-old Seven McKnight. Her freshman year at Stiles University turned out to be a tug of war for her heart and her sophomore year promised more of the same. Just when she'd sworn off her ex-boyfriend, Josiah Whitaker, and thought she'd never love him again, he boldly stepped back into her life, with no regard that she'd moved on with Zaire St. James, her new boyfriend. Caught off guard and thrust into a whirlwind of emotion, Seven no longer knows if she should stay or go. . . All she knows is that old feelings won't die, her new love is being ruined by lies, and the fairy tale she once dreamed of may never become her true story. Praise for Ni-Ni Simone"Smart and cutting, full of clever comebacks." --Kirkus on No Boyz Allowed"This is creative, innovative, and important storytelling for today's urban teen readership." --Library Journal on Teenage Love Affair
17-year-old Seven McKnight isn't a high-schooler anymore. Now she's got full diva status and is attending Stiles University, where Josiah Whitaker, the University's hottest basketball player, is sending her into a tailspin. With groupies threatening her basketball wife status and Josiah's dreams of the NBA blowing up his ego, Seven finds herself wondering whether to stay or leave. In steps the gorgeous Zaire St. James, who's been waiting for his chance. With Josiah doing his own thing, Seven finds herself falling for Zaire, but will Josiah give up that easily?
Life is poppin' and seventeen-year-old Seven McKnight is rockin' Stiles University's hottest baller, Josiah Whitaker, on her arm when it all falls apart. With groupies threatening her basketball wife status and Josiah's dreams of the NBA blowing up his ego, Seven finds herself in a tailspin. . .should she stay or leave?In steps the unbelievably fine sophomore heartthrob, Zaire St. James, who's been watching Seven and waiting for his chance. With Josiah doing his own thing, Seven finds herself falling for Zaire. But just when she decides to give Zaire her everything, Josiah becomes determined to win Seven back by any means necessary. . . Praise for Ni-Ni Simone"Ni-Ni Simone's fast-paced writing keeps me coming back for more." --L. Divine, author of the Drama High series "Simone tells authentic stories of teen life in the 'hood better than any other author currently writing contemporary YA street lit. Spiced with plenty of Simone's trademark humor." --Library Journal on Teenage Love Affair "Urban teen readers may recognize their friends and themselves in the language, music and feel of this fluffy-but-fun read." --Kirkus Reviews on If I Was Your Girl