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  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: So for Real
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington -Teen/Dafina (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758234392
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758234391
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,102,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rhonda M. on April 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
Okay - so I'm showing my age. Teens don't say "da bomb" anymore. Sure didn't see it in the book, but what I did see deserves 5 stars for sure. Nikki Carter offers a great read for teens. I don't read YA fiction often, but I couldn't put this book down. Great characterization, strong story and some great life lessons. Don't hesitate to get this for your teens.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By OOSA Online Book Club on January 10, 2010
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Gia Stokes was the girl who had it all - attitude, personality and confidence. But what she didn't have was the clothes or the hair like most girls in her high school. An outcast on the Hi-Steppers, a dance squad, Gia is elected for a makeover. A few different clothes, some straightened hair and as her popularity began to rise, Romeo, a guy from the football team, asks her out on a date. Could things be any better?

However, her newfound friends and boyfriend are short-lived when she discovers that Romeo is after something. Betrayal is thick on the squad as she learns that Romeo wasn't acting alone. Luckily, Gia still has Ricky, her bff, her mom, even though she's evil, and God to see her through.

"Step to This" by Nikki Carter is an empowering story. Girls between the ages of 11-14 can use Gia as an example. No matter what you look like, never change for anyone or anything, because in the long run, your true friends will always be by your side.

Reviewed by: Marshae
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Makeda Peterson w/Phenomenal Women Book Club on November 10, 2009
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I'm writing this review on behalf of my 13 year old daughter, she doesn't like reading but after getting punished during summer was looking for a few good books as entertainment. She found that and more in Nikki Carters "Step To This" from the So For Real Series. She was laughing and talking to me constantly about the characters. She finished this book in 1 1/2 day. She talked about them so much my niece wanted to know what she was talking about, we ended up giving her the first two books as well. It is also comforting as a parent to know that my child is getting age appropiate entertainment with a message.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amari Davis on August 1, 2013
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This book was so fun to read and it was also really funny. I loved how gia's mom sounded just like my mom. Something I could kind of relate to.
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STEP TO THIS by Nikki Carter tells the story of Gia, a girl who felt like an outcast at her high school. Her mother, Gwen, was single and couldn't afford for Gia to get her hair done, so she wore it natural in puffy ponytails. She certainly didn't have the clothes that other girls had and she wore Tweety Bird T-shirts frequently. Her cousin, Hope, who was the preacher's daughter and had everything, was ashamed of Gia and treated her rather badly. Gia decided to try out for the Hi-Steppers, a group that performed during half-time at football games. She certainly had better moves than Hope but Hope made the A team while Gia made the B team - which meant she got to sit on the bench during games. Valerie, the leader of the Hi-Steppers informed her it was not because of her moves, but because of her look. Valerie attempted to upgrade Gia's look, much to the disgust of Gwen, who was very religious and very strict on Gia. She didn't want her daughter to turn out like she had, a single mother, struggling to make it.

Gia, at 16, was tired of all her restrictions and with Valerie's help, changes her look and attracts the handsome football quarterback, Romeo. Will this relationship work out? Is Gia sophisticated enough to actually handle Romeo? Meanwhile, Valerie has hooked up with Gia's best friend, Ricky. Gia and Ricky have been close since kindergarten and he is the only boy that Gwen will tolerate.

Nikki Carter wrote an interesting novel about teenage love, angst and friendship. Gia was so well-developed, it was possible to feel her every emotion. I felt sympathy for her as I struggled with her pain. She was a most believable teenager. It was a good book and the tension kept those pages turning.

Reviewed by Alice Holman
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By Miss Domino on October 17, 2010
Format: Paperback
"Step to This" is the first book in the So For Real series by Nikki Carter. This book is the `softer side' of Street Literature for Middle and High School Students.

Gia is a high spirited, Tweety t-shirt wearing, high-school sophomore. She's not in the in-crowd but popular within her own circle of friends. When her friend Ricky persuades her to try out for the High-Steppers dance team and wins a spot on the squad, her social life changes. She receives a style and hair makeover from one of the most popular girls in the school. Gia also receives adoration from her peers she has never received and enjoys it. Though Gia loves her new image and status at school, she clashes with her religious mother and uncle who is also the pastor of her church.

After attracting the attention of the schools' star football player, she feels that she has been elevated to the `elite' status in her school. To get out of the house to meet Romeo for their first date, Gia lies to her mother which goes against her mother's rules. During the date, Romeo tries to persuade Gia to have sex with him. When Gia refuses, Romeo becomes angry and leaves her stranded without a ride home forcing her to call her mother and her Deacon boyfriend to pick her up.

What I really liked about `Step to This' is the energy and humor of the characters. The other thing I liked about this book is the accurate description of what teens will do and say to fit in. Carter has captured the `voice' of teens in `Step to This' and this book is one that should not be missed.
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