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THE BREAK-UP DIARIES
Genre: Young Adult, Anthology
Two cute cautionary tales for teen girls gone boy crazy, The Break-up Diaries has realistic dialogue that teens will easily understand. What readers will like most is that the girls aren’t reacting to the world, but trying to solve their own problems — often wrongly, but very much in keeping with their age.
In “Hot Boyz,” Chance, suburban princess and member of the Thick ‘n’ Juicy Clique, lives by the one-month rule: Only date a guy for a month, then dump him to ensure not getting too involved. Cute concept until Ahmad King saves Chance’s life. Not only does she fall hard, but she tumbles even more when she learns he’s not a boy, but a grown man. In “The Boy Trap,” Lakeview High School party girl Breezy instantly traps NBA hopeful Tyler Scott in her gold-digger-wannabe web. When Tyler discovers her plot and her real name, will life be as easy as she planned? (DAFINA, May, 272 pp., $9.95, ISBN: 9780758263162, PB, 16 & Up)
Reviewed By: Dee Stewart
Published: May 2011