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This book is action packed from start to finish. You won't want to put it down until your are finished. It's urban literature at it's finest!! --Francell Jermott

About the Author

Tenia Jamilla is a young, hip, urban novelist who is originally from Baltimore but now resides in Philadelphia. Writing has always been one of her strong points as she started off writing songs for aspiring r&b artists. Progressing from songs to short stories then on to full novels, Tenia has finally found her niche in the literary game. Ghetto Ballerina shows that Tenia's writing skills can hang with the best of best in urban literature!
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Up All Night Publishing; 1st edition (March 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615232957
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615232959
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,997,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SiStar Tea on August 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
Chanel Falls has the world given to here on silver platter; her Brother Charles Falls provides for her every need. Charles thought his little sister was too good for most guys and he believe she could do no wrong. When he does approve of one for her, it's a business associate of his by the name of Brandon. Brandon is Chanel first lesson in life trust no one. When Charles is killed, Chanel has to learn to stand on her own two feet and she in for a surprise. When the novelty of being Charles little sister wears off, Chanel realizes that she is all alone in this cruel world. Jealously, back stabbing, lying has become of part of her everyday world as she tries not to be lured into the street life and eaten alive. As the saying goes, all money not good money.

Chanel makes the big bucks on her own and puts rest to the haters and proves she is still on top of her game. She NOW lives by the code C.R.E.A.M "cash rules everything around me." We follow her as life lessons are learned and she has to live by the choices she makes, and the people she has allowed into her inner circle.

While this is the typical hood story that I have read before. Author Tenia Jamilla had a way of drawing me in and kept me flipping pages to see how the story was going to turn out. This novel is filled with betrayal, lust, revenge, dreams and chasing the all mighty dollar. We follow along as we find out what happens when a good girl goes bad. Check it out to see if Chanel can come back from her walk on the wild side.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Read VINE VOICE on May 15, 2011
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The cover and title of this book is what really caught my attention.Once I read the synopsis I decided to go ahead and give this book a try because I'm all for hearing new voices when it comes to urban fiction.

The story turned out to be just average and a little repetitive at times,I got tired of Chanel doing the same things with different men which only caused the storyline to drag on making it hard for me to stay focused while reading it. Also,alot of things Chanel did just did not make sense to me,for example,she finds 50,000 dollars in her moms basement,yet still sleeps and strips for dudes for a couple hundred...homegirl was hustlin backwards!!

It was quite hard for me to understand Chanel and connect with her character.I guess she just came off too arrogant,greedy and most of all shallow to me.I often found myself wondering what was going on with Angie(Chanel's friend) and even Desi came off as a bit more interesting at times.

I will say the ending sort of surprised me,Thats one prediction I did not see coming and even though this was the author's first book and some things could have been a bit more polished,I am looking forward to a sequel because now my interest is piqued more than ever.The book was ok to me and I give it 3 stars.I see alot of potential in Tenia Jamilla!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Author Arielle Crowell on May 5, 2011
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I was intrigued by the title... I guess I didnt pay too much attention to the pink boots though I think that should have given it away. But somewhere in me, I thought the girl was going to actually start out as a ballerina and then some bad stuff befall her and she move on to stripping. :) That's not what happened.

This book was okay, I think. It was kind of predictable in the sense that it was your typical hood story about a spoiled girl who was used to money and gets caught up in the life. And I suppose because she couldnt take doing a nine to five, resorts to stripping in order to get fast money. Like any character who loves money and is spoiled, she's self centered, arrogant, and rude. It's really hard to sympathize with her character. Much like Winter from the Coldest winter Ever, you dont really like the character as a person but she goes through some things that keep you reading about her. This was a good story for the author's first book. I think that the wow moments that were supposed to wow you didnt really come as a surprise considering the author pretty much told you that bad things were going to happen. Nevertheless, it did prove to be entertaining.

Final Rating: 3 Stars!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Him on November 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be very interesting, once I got started I found it hard to put down. I can easily see this book being modified into a script for an independent movie, complete with the "wow" factor already there. It was a quick read as it was filled with realistic life situations that kept my attention, nothing that I wasn't familiar with or heard of but it did take everything to the next level. I also like how it was written and how it all came together. It's a shame that this could be the reality for some young ladies that get trapped in that lifestyle. I give it 5 Stars for remixing a well known topic and still finding a way to make it interesting for a guy... I RECOMMEND.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By amazon customer on September 8, 2011
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Chanel Falls is a young naive teenage girl from the suburbs of Baltimore County. Chanel is spoiled rotten by her overly protective, street savvy brother Chuck; who grants his younger sister her every wish and command. Chanel soon finds herself alone and misguided after Chuck meets an untimely death, and she succumbs to the streets, in order to maintain the pampered lifestyle that her brother once provided. A good read with a lot of angles that keep you yearning for the outcome of the story!
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