The language and circumstances included here are very adult, making it difficult for a reader to believe that the characters are only in high school. The storyline is full of drama, but the strong support system available for the main character is encouraging. Some of the major aspects of the storyline are not revealed until later in the book, however, and should have been brought closer to the beginning for a smoother, clearer read.

Kenisha Lewis is having a difficult time escaping drama. After an incident with a guy at her high school that led to his arrest, she has kept a low profile at a school nicknamed “The Penn.” But crank calls, her father’s temperamental girlfriend and a quartet of thugs are wreaking havoc in her life. She is forced to lean on her grandmother, sister and close friends to escape anything and everything trying to bring her down. (KIMANI TRU, Apr., 256 pp., $9.99, ISBN: 9780373534326, PB, 14 & Up)
Reviewed by: 
B. Nakia Garner