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Kalifornia Blu Paperback – May 23, 2013
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About the Author
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In 2007 she joined the WGA when she sold a TV pilot, 'Downtown' to ABC Studios and a TV movie, 'Team Julia' to Lifetime Television, both of which she wrote with her writing partner, Jefferson Eliot. In 2009, Kendell and Jefferson turned their TV pilot, 'Affairs of State' about interns on Capitol Hill, into a stage play, which was performed at Electric Lodge to sold-out houses.
She has been teaching screenwriting for the Writer's Guild Foundation in their High School Screen Writing workshop, bringing screenwriting into inner city schools throughout Los Angeles. Her work with teens inspired her to write a YA novel, KALIFORNIA BLU, which she has just finished. It is the first of a series set in Venice, California.
She currently teaches writing workshops to teens and tweens through her own organization, Write This Way.
Kendell has been Associate Producer on the movie 'Sirens' for Showtime; 'King of the World' for ABC; 'Nash Bridges,' 'Orleans,' and 'Texarkana' for CBS. She's worked as Graphics Supervisor on 'CSI:NY,' and Visual Effects Supervisor on 'VR.5,' 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,' and 'Titanic,' the CBS mini-series. She put in her time with Roger Corman in the art department on four Concorde-New Horizon movies, and was set decorator for various music videos and commercials. She is a voting member of the Writer's Guild Guild, Television Academy of Arts and Sciences and an annual judge the Scriptwriters Network Screenwriting Competition.
Currently she can be found at Jasperlark.com where she is partners with Jefferson Eliot in their Design + Writing business.
In addition to spending time with her family, she is co-founder of Garage Band Venice, a musical jam where kids learn to play music together in individual bands.
Kendell is a graduate of New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. She is a former dancer and grew up in Baltimore, the daughter of two ballet dancers. She plays the drums and raises bees on her roof.
Top Customer Reviews
Cleverly written in a first person voice similar to that of Holden Caulfield but Kal has her individual voice and often tries to censor herself if she wants to say things too sweet or too cynical. ('Boyfriend' Dakota, 'doesn't expect me to love him or crap like that.") An insecure teen behind a strong façade. And it is not so fussy a voice that the prose becomes encumbered.
The specifics really put the reader on the scene--the boardwalk of Venice, Caifornial is espec a good starter in the novel. Clearly sets the scene for this unusual skateboarder daughter of a rock star. Later terrific specifics set scene of dad's apartment, things that make her believe she's getting to know dad for the first time.
Cute beginnings with young lawyer/future love interest, Penn. 'I told you to lose the medal.' 'I took out my nipple rings.' Daring for YA readers but not censor-able by parents.
Nice running device throughout of not-looking-back, from first chase and arrest (get caught looking back) until the final paragraph of being okay to look back, seeing twinkle of affection in dad's eye.
For those readers who like chase scenes, the chase from the porn set, the skitching (holding onto a fast-moving car while on a skateboard) behind an SUV with dad following in limo, and a few others are dazzling.
Sex scenes are few (they have to be included in a modern depiction of teens) but the 'messing around' with boyfriend Dakota was handled sensitively.Read more ›
At first, the main character, Kalifornia(a.k.a. Kali) looked like one of troublesome children of celebrities because of her behavior, like skateboading in the park at 3 a.m. and getting arrested. But after reading the book further, I started to like Kali. I like her bravery, fairness and strong sense of justice. She was a very independent person for her age, even though she sometimes seemed to be too reckless ( she did skitching on the heavy traffic road to rescue one of her classmates. ) I was moved by how much she had wanted a caring parent and friends. She didn't want to admit her loneliness maybe because of her father's long time absence. However, when she talked back to her father, every word she said to him sounded like "I need your love!" to me.
The book describes Venice so vividly. I will walk around there with the book and have a lot of fun. Thank you, Kendell!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Couldn't put the book down! I totally loved the main character and the story! Great read.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Kali isn't a very likeable person. She's not real everything from her eyes to her attitude is fake. I didn't get her out of nowhere crush she has internally on Penn. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Treasure
This book was amazing kept my attention and had me want to the. The pages it is a book full of freedom. And choices how a teenager can change and there is hope always for change. Read morePublished on November 3, 2013 by Heather Lubinski
Loved Kal and her story! The characters, the relationships, and the settings in this book all came alive for me and seemed so real. Read morePublished on October 29, 2013 by Linda Acorn Budzinski
Pretty good story. I felt the book was a bit short, I enjoyed the characters and would have liked further depth and development. But I thought the story ended nicely.Published on October 15, 2013 by Amazon Customer
When I picked up this book for the first time, I immediately knew that it was going to be an amazing novel. Read morePublished on October 11, 2013 by Jsalz
I loved reading Kalifornia Blu. It was a realistic story of an independent teenagers life in LA/Venice. Read morePublished on September 24, 2013 by Leslie Nuesca
Kalifornia Blue is so close to the truth I have a hard time reviewing! so many kids I knew growing up in LA were so very similar to this story that I want to knit pick at the... Read morePublished on September 23, 2013 by mrsdrdahl
I purchased this for my nephew but ended up reading it myself. The author captures the moments between being a teenager and a young woman and the opportunities and dangers. Read morePublished on September 22, 2013 by Lynda Keeler