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5.0 out of 5 stars An adolescent primer that should be added to high school canons.
An adolescent primer that should be added to high school canons. If high schools are still requiring urban students to read "The Catcher in the Rye" then "Teenie" should certainly be added along side that read for comparative analysis; I'm tempted to reread Catcher and have the discussion with myself. Set in current day Brooklyn and centered on the life of high school...
Published on February 12, 2011 by Maurice Williams
3.0 out of 5 stars Back to High School
Funny, poignant story of teenagers in high school. Authentic dialogue and concerns. Good reading for YA and those who like to hear what kids are thinking and talking about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An adolescent primer that should be added to high school canons.,The Catcher in the Rye" then "Teenie" should certainly be added along side that read for comparative analysis; I'm tempted to reread Catcher and have the discussion with myself. Set in current day Brooklyn and centered on the life of high school freshman Martine (Teenie) Lashley, the novel speaks to the challenges - emotional and social - endured as an adolescent. Teenie is smart, naive, respectful and ambitious. She is loved and supported by caring parents; an aspect of the novel that resonates in a time when the inner city norm trends toward the opposite. Her best friend, Charise, is pretty much Teenie's polar opposite and provides the author with a ready made mechanism for conveying many of the morals of the story.
A detailed review of plot and action would render this read much less affective than if the reader simply dove into the story. There were many instances when reading a scene snatched me back some thirty years to the halls of my high school. While the greatest lessons of "Teenie" are delivered from Martine's and Charise's experiences as they negotiate high school social systems, teen desires and parental expectations; equally important is Grant's representation of parental involvement and its effect on adolescent life.
"Teenie" is a poignant and incredibly "real" debut novel. The story is delivered with easily accessible prose that captures the sounds and flavor of Brooklyn as well as the culture and dialect of the Caribbean. I'll be talking about this one with educators for a while with the hopes of getting "Teenie" added to high school reading canons. Many kids will see themselves in the characters and hopefully realize that the trials they are currently experiencing are not unique to them; and more importantly, are survivable. . Highly Recommended!
3.0 out of 5 stars Back to High School,
4.0 out of 5 stars Great!!!,
This review is from: Teenie (Kindle Edition)This book is great and has many details. I would recommend it to me cousin and I plan on reading other books by Christopher Grant.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read For Youth Book Clubs/Groups!,
This review is from: Teenie (Paperback)Mr. Grant does an AWESOME job of describingthe life of girls coming of age and the hostil enviroment called school.
The characters are rich, deep and holds he story in focus so that the message is very loud and clear as to what can happen to young girls.
I STRONGLY recommend this book for all girl empowerment groups and teen book clubs. EXCELLENT first book by this author!
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic YA read,
This review is from: Teenie (Paperback)Teenie is your typical teenager who wants to fits in. However, her goals and academic success often set her apart from others. Yet, she still yearns for a bit of attention here and there. Teenie gets her braces taken off and with the encouragement of her best friend, Cherise, gains some new-found confidence. She is further encouraged by the attentions of senior basketball star, Greg Millons. While some things seem to be looking up, Teenie learns that life is not quite simple as she tries to reach academic goals and be a good friend to Cherise. She tries to get into a competitive scholarship program that would allow her to study abroad in Spain. Teenie's naivete soon gets her into trouble and the right thing to do no longer seems so clear especially when you are a freshmen in high school.
I absolutely loved this book! Teenie's voice is so clear and strong. I found myself completely invested in her life and struggles. Even more fun, Teenie was often witty and I found myself laughing out loud for most of the book. The relationship between Teenie is Cherise is also refreshing. While not perfect, it is incredibly realistic. I felt like the dialogue was something I could have had with my best friend in high school. It was so easy to disappear into the story because I felt like I was there.
The book deals with important issues such as bullying, the dangers of the internet, sexuality, and rape. However, Mr. Grant balances the issues so well that it isn't a sad read, but a moving one. The book is both character and plot driven and I read it in one sitting.
It reminds me a bit of Speak by Laurie Halse Alderson but the touches of culture (Teenie's parents are West Indian) and the friendship between Teenie and Cherise sets it apart.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book,
This review is from: Teenie (Paperback)While this book had a slow start, it was easy-to-read and pretty true to life. I enjoyed the characters, but this was not my type of YA book. However, it would be excellent for a middle or high school girl to read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for all moms and teens.,
One thing I can say about this book is, I'm so happy I don't have a daughter. Because had I have a daughter and she comes home with the drama this poor child went through. I would definitely be arrested. Teenie isn't your average teenager today. Today's teens is all about boys, drugs and sex. And I know this because I have teenage nieces and nephews and I see that mess they go through. But Teenie is more about her grades and her books. She's a bit on the naive side. As things are looking up, she has the attention of the Captain of the Basketball Team, her grades are good and her BFF are closer than ever. But things aren't what they seem to be. Stuck between doing what's right and not losing her BFF or her new boy interest is when everything changes. And that's when she goes through the most life changing experiences alone. Basically a typical day in the life of many teenagers.
Christopher Grant wrote a story that touches you immediately. And what's sad about it is, that these things really happen. And some of those things has happened to "us". He shows how life as a teenager today is so much more intense and more complicated. Makes me thankful that I had my teenage years in the 90's. Though my teenage years wasn't a breeze either but I handled myself correct and I'm a pretty grounded person. But with today's teenagers when it comes to drugs, sex and peer pressure, they get lost in the struggle. And if we as parents don't pay close attention to our children. We will never really know what's going on and why our children are acting the way they do. Christopher Grant has definitely opened my eyes more to today's teens and what they go through.
I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars and a definite Good Choice for Reading. I recommend this book to anyone who has teen daughters. Read it first and then hand over to your daughters. Have them read it and then sit down with them and discuss it. Ask questions and most of all LISTEN.
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and touching coming-of-age story,
My favorite part of Teenie are probably the characters. Even though she's younger than most protagonists I read about (14), she is so easy to relate to, and I felt for her throughout the story. Her voice and the narration are unique but still realistic. The secondary characters are quirky and interesting. I loved reading about Teenie's father and his Bereisms (weird sayings only he uses - they're hilarious) and Teenie's relationship with her parents and older brothers. Many of the scenes with Teenie's family had me laughing out loud. Teenie's relationship with Cherise and her other friends is dynamic and realistic, too.
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The only character I didn't get was Greg. That whole storyline just didn't make sense to me - if he's such a popular senior and has girls lined up to go out with him, why would he have to force a freshman to do anything with him?
The writing is really good - like I said, Teenie's voice is authentic and fresh. I love how the story is entertaining and funny, but also thought-provoking and touching.
Teenie is a great debut I think has been overlooked by many. It's a realistic portrayal of teenage life, dealing with lots of interesting and important issues without being preachy - a sweet and touching coming-of-age story. I definitely recommend it!
4.0 out of 5 stars A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.,
Meet Martine (Teenie for short) and Cherise, who have been BFF's (best friends forever) since the third grade and their mode of conversation once they get home from school is instant message. They are as different as oil and water. Teenie excels at academics, while Cherise has no interest in it whatsoever. Cherise is more interested in fun, boys and cheerleading. The story opens with Teenie working hard to get accepted into a study program abroad, which would allow her to visit Spain for free. The "Young Scholars Study Abroad Program" will not only add some culture to her young life, but also afford her the opportunity to get out of her own backyard of Brooklyn.
As fate would have it, life is real and it rears its ugly head. Teenie and Cherise go through a period where they are not speaking, and without the street smarts of her friend Cherise, could the dangers of high school blanket and smother this freshman?
Teenie is a remarkable read, which journeys straight for the readers' heart. It's a story of the trials and the pains of growing up. I absolutely enjoyed how Grant delivered Teenie's story and her dilemmas dealing with school, family, friends and a secret crush. I'm also amazed at how well he wrote from the female perspective. Good job!!
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed the multi-cultural facets of the novel,
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Teenie by Christopher Grant (Paperback - January 10, 2012)