Kayla has got it going on. She's in college and living in her own apartment after her dorm room is busted into. Furthermore, she is an attractive young woman with a great attitude. The only thing cramping her style is her inability to see through the games that the brothas of Philly are playing.

With a different guy at the start of every chapter, Kayla worries whether or not she'll know when (or if) a good thing should happen to fall in her lap. Despite everything that's positive in her life, her lack of respect for herself blinds her to her own beauty within, though she is a source of support for her sister Nicki and best friend Yaz.

Ms. Poole's dialogue is what gives the true flavor of this particular story. Fresh, at times harsh and sassy, the author captures the essence of Kayla, Nicki and Yaz to a tee. (Oct. '00, 230 pp., $9.00)

Reviewed by: 
Shamaine Henry