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Posted February 3, 2010
I enjoyed both stories in this book. I normally don't read teen books but I got this book because I've read other books by Marlon McCaulsky and wanted to check this one out as well. I must say was far from disappointed.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
'Real Love' took me back in time to the 90's and made me reminisce on my school daze as I followed the story of Raina Williams as her family moves from Cleveland, OH to St. Petersburg, FL. She starts to attend Lakewood High School aka Hollywood High and quickly becomes friends with the bubbly Sheena, her boyfriend Marcus, and the super horny and immature Cory. But the most significant relationship Raina makes is with Dan that she almost insistently has an attraction for and vise versa. The only problem is Dan is dating the annoying and rude Lissa Norman. Throughout the story everybody can see the chemistry between Raina and Dan but they can't seem to get it together partly because of Lissa doing everything in her power to keep them apart. This was a very enjoyable story that put in the mind frame of watching Love & Basketball or The Wood back in the day. Marlon McCaulsky knocked this one out the box again!
The second story 'Sweet Thing' by Jarold Imes also set in the 90's is the story of Kandi Bigelow in North Carolina. Kandi is a very tomboyish and is the female enforcement for the school bullies Cortez, Kobe, and Manuel. In the beginning Kandi is not very likeable and mean especially to Josiah who everybody calls "Thing" because of his ugly looks and smell. Kandi also is a pro at the five-finger discount, a trade she got into following her big sister Vickie lead. It's not until Kandi turns down the advances of Cortez that she finds herself on the receiving end of an ugly rumor that she feels the pain she once dished out to others. One of the few that come to her aide is the newly cleaned up Josiah who sees her for the beautiful young woman she is. Love comes in the most unexpected way. This story was like a touching after school special and I enjoyed it a lot. Jarold Imes did a wonderful job breaking down the social and stereotypical world of high school!
Kudos to both authors for a touching and unique book. I can tell by the titles that Mary J. Bilge 90's classic was a driving theme of both stories. I enjoyed how both authors threw songs from the nineties that made me wanna break out my old CD's and Sony Walkman and listen to them all over again! I recommend this book for teenagers and adults who want to reminisce on the 90's again.