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ALL I WANT IS EVERYTHING
Genre: Mainstream, Multicultural
This is the kind of book that makes rooting for the underdog easy. In the first few chapters, however, it's somewhat difficult to discern between the characters' dialects and a slurred storyline. Once Kendra Michelle Thomas turns 18 and escapes the threat of a juvenile detention facility, the pace becomes more fluid, the dialogue more polished and her challenges more dynamic.
Desperate, Kendra debases herself with a record company executive. But despite her efforts to salvage her contract, her career is still shelved in favor of a younger, tone-deaf diva who knows how to work the industry. After she fails at a 9-to-5 job, Kendra's family fully supports her second stab at becoming a chart-topping recording artist. (Dafina, Sep., 304 pp., $15.00)
Reviewed By: Robin R. Pendleton
Published: September 2007