‘Drama High: Keep It Movin’
by L. Divine
Ever since you were old enough to know, it’s been your one dream: Wheels.
Four of ‘em, and freedom.
If you had your own car, there’d be no more taking the bus. No more sweating a walk across town, no more begging a ride or embarrassment of calling your parents. If you had your own wheels, life would be sweet.
Sixteen-year-old Jayd Jackson thought that, too, until her father handed her keys to a hoopty she didn’t want. But in the new book Drama High: Keep It Movin’ (c.2009, Dafina Kensington, $9.95 / $11.95 Canada, 208 pages, includes teaser for the next book in the series), by L. Divine, those old wheels may be the least of her worries.
It’s Christmas break and, as usual, Jayd Jackson is up to her braids in drama. Her man, Rah, is trippin’ because Jayd is spending time with her White ex-boyfriend, Jeremy. She and Jeremy are just friends now, but Jayd knows she has to guard against any feelings she still has for him.
Still, Rah has nowhere to talk. He spends way too much time with his baby-mama, Sandy. Jayd understands that Rah only wants to be with his daughter—Jayd loves Rahmina, too—but it seems like he always runs when Sandy hollers, and that just ain’t right.
And then there’s what’s going on at school: Jayd’s former best friend, Nettie has gone to the Dark Side to hang with the popular White girls, but not before turning Jayd in for forging absent slips for her girl, Mickey. But Mickey’s got more than school problems. She’s pregnant with Nigel’s baby… or at least she thinks it’s Nigel’s. The baby’s father could be Mickey’s other man, a gangster who promises revenge on Nigel.
Through this all, though, Jayd has her Mama, who is really her grandmother. For years now, Lynn Mae has been passing on her gifts to Jayd, as well as rites and ceremonies that their ancestors performed for generations. Even though Jayd’s mother watches over her and gives Jayd advice telepathically, Mama counsels Jayd to pay attention to her night dreams and to be careful who she hangs out with.
Lynn Mae knows danger can move into a girl’s life at any time.
And our Jayd has grown up. She’s not the girl she was in the first Drama High book, and I’m not so sure that’s a good thing.
I’ll admit that Drama High: Keep It Movin’ is probably realistic, in a big-city way. There are undoubtedly lots of girls who deal with the things that author L. Divine’s characters experience.
But this Jayd is harder and pretty street savvy and—although it’s a big part of who Jayd is—there’s a big psychic-spells-potions thread running through this book that some parents might find uncomfortable. All this makes me miss the sweetness of the old Jayd, and her innocence.
If you’ve read all the other books in this series, you’ll want to keep following your girl, Jayd by reading Drama High: Keep It Movin’. But if this is your first time with this character, move to an earlier book instead.
For most of your life, someone’s been asking you what you wanted to be when you grew up.
You’ve had ideas all along, but nothing real. After all, you once wanted to be a ballerina-dancing, hoops-playing construction worker, or something like that. So when somebody asked you what you wanted to “be” someday, you didn’t really know then and you might not know now.
But you’re going to college, that’s for sure.
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The graduation rate was up from 73.7 percent from the previous year, while the dropout rate dipped from 16.7 percent, according to the state.
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Celebrating 25 years, the signature Los Angeles based program has assisted more than 21,000 African-American students into college
LOS ANGELES – Since 1986, the Young Black Scholars (YBS) college preparatory program has assisted more than 21,000 Los Angeles area Black students into college—and the program is looking to increase that number with the start of the 2011-12 academic school year.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Former Los Angeles Lakers star Earvin “Magic” Johnson announced today he is partnering with a New York-based for-profit education company to help dropouts and at-risk students in failing schools in urban school districts across the country.
Magic Johnson Enterprises will join with EdisonLearning to set up dropout prevention and recovery centers for high school-age students who have already left school or are at risk of leaving and want to earn a standard high school diploma.