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    Earl Sewell(Author)

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  • By K. L. Burchett on May 14, 2010

    Sixteen year old Keysha Kendall doesn't get much love from her mother, Justine (she calls her by her first name). Her friend, Toya Taylor isn't a good influence and her ex-boyfriend, Ronnie, doesn't want anything to do with her. More than anything she needs someone to care about her; someone to make her feel safe, loved and wanted. She finds that person when the father she never knew is located, but it takes her a while to realize it.Keysha referred to herself as `troubled' and that was sad. I didn't see her that way at all. She was an intelligent girl who was angry and considering her circumstances she had every reason to be. She didn't have good judgment, though, when it came to picking her friends; she ended up in bad situations following after them. And it was a shame that she had a mother like Justine and a grandmother like Rubylee.Don't judge a book by its cover - this is so true, yet I do it all of the time. With such an innocent looking girl on the cover of this book, I did not expect Keysha to use so much profanity. Actually, there is quite a bit of bad language in this story, not all of it coming from her mouth - words I can't stand to read or hear. I bought this book in support of Kimani Tru and because I took notice to five star reviews. I expected to enjoy the story. I can't say I totally disliked it; for me it was just okay. It was interesting in the beginning but I didn't like all of the profanity, especially coming from Keysha, and certain content turned me off . I did like Keysha's Grandmother Katie, a wise woman who gave her granddaughter good advice. And there are lessons to be learned about valuing oneself.

  • By R. A Rippy on May 27, 2007

    This is a story about a 16 year old teen who has gone through so much drama that most folks could never even dream of dealing with in a lifetime let alone at this age. Despite everything, she prevails even when she had doubts that she would. Her Mom treats her more like a girlfriend than a daughter and her grandmother is no better. She comes from a family of users who only want to use her in all their schemes. This story may have been meant for teens but adults can learn from the message this book gives. I did! Great book Earl!

  • By Katlin Webb on January 1, 2017

    What can I say except thank you god I love this book so so much, very first book series I starred reading

  • By Miss Domino on October 17, 2010

    This book is the first in the Keysha Series by Earl Sewell.Keysha is a Chicago teen who lives with her 'party girl' mother Justine. When she and her mother are evicted from their apartment, Keysha's world is turned upside down. With no money or hope, she is placed in foster care and connected with her real father she has never met.Despite having her own room, new home and school to attend, Keysha still has drama. She doesn't want to forget where she has come from so she battles with her hard as nails step-mother and spars with her annoyng step-brother Mike. When she connects with the wrong crowd, her actions land her deep in trouble with her family and causes a great deal of embarrassment. This is where Sewell is at his best: describing the inner thoughts of Keysha as she struggles to fit in with her family/classmates and make positive decisions. Many authors attempt to do this, but fail to do so because they cannot capture the character's 'voice'. Not the case with Sewell; this is probably why the Keysha series is so popular with teens.Though "Keysha's Drama" is directed at teen audiences, adults can learn some valuable lessons from the story as well. This is a good book for pre-teens and teens that will surely spark lively discussions.

  • By Hedi A. Bingham on December 20, 2009

    I teach two high school classes of students who struggle with English. They do not like to read. However, I now have 5 students passing this series of books to each other and reading for hours at a time. This book is well written. However, some of the books in the series contain writing errors that I am trying to break in my students -- mainly sentence fragments. I have used this as a tool and ask the students to rewrite selected fragments as whole sentence rather than remove popular books from the classroom. The books have a good moral message and address issues that my students face on a daily basis without glamorizing poor life choices.This book left me hanging at the end. I really want to know how the story continues. I hope I can find a sequel because I know my students will want to keep reading as much as I do!

  • By annmmar on February 1, 2008

    Keysha's been feeling more heartbroken than ever. She found out her boyfriend was cheating after she tracked him down in the movie theater with another girl and beat him. The book starts up with her begging Ronnie to take her back and asking him if he did not miss her: to which he vehemently denies and begins to insult her. Keysha feels like she has been handed a horrible life. Her mother Justine is the forever party girl who does not hold down a job but parties like she does not have responsibilites. Keysha talks about a time when her life seemed normal while living with her aunt, husband grandson and grandmother. Everything came to a halt when her aunt died and her grandmother was sent off to jail for stealing her son in law money and information. The book touches on alot of true heart reality of the inner city a mother who doesnt want to be a mother and family members you cannot look up to. Justine is eventually arrested for prostitution and Keysha is sent to live in a foster home. She eventually got hit by some blessings when they found out who her father is. A middle class man with a family all his own. She goes to live with her father and his family and has to adjust to it all. You would think everything would have go smoothly then but no she has to deal with a stepmother and half brother who doesnt seem to want her there. This books turns fast and really touches the core of the character. A good read was had.


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