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Posted June 1, 2012
About the book:
Always Upbeat (Cheer Drama): Savvy Charli Black seems to have the perfect life. Pampered and confident, she has her junior year at Lockwood High all mapped out. Date the hottest baller in school, check. Become captain of the varsity cheerleading squad, check. Her crew rules the school. But just as everything falls into place, her world begins to spin with one betrayal after another. All That (Baller Swag): Cocky quarterback Blake Strong s number one goal is to stay in the game, lead his boys to victory, and score a spot at his dream school. But his overbearing father wants Blake in the Southeastern Conference. Their difficult relationship hangs by a thread when the Strong family gets unsettling news. Will they reconnect and realize that there s more to life than football?
About the author:
From her page:
Stephanie Perry Moore is a Christian fiction novelist that is truly from the South. She was born in South Carolina, raised in Virginia, educated in Alabama, and now resides in Georgia. She has penned over 35 inspirational titles set in this part of the country.
She is the trailblazing author of the Payton Skky series, the first African-American Christian teen series. Her other young adult titles are the Laurel Shadrach series, the Carmen Browne series, the Perry Skky Jr. series and Faith Thomas ‘NovelZine’ series. The sassy, urban collegiate Beta Gamma Pi series and the hip, teen Yasmin Peace series were released in 2009-10. Her newest series is the adorable Morgan Love series. She and her husband will release the Alec London series for kids in the fall of 2011.
Her heart beats for adults as well. For this market she has penned Flame, an Essence best seller-A Lova’ Like No Otha’, Chasing Faith, and her newest release, Wearing My Halo Tilted.
She also was the General Editor for Nia Publishing. She produced the Women of Color Cookbook, the Men of Color Study Bible, the Wisdom and Grace Bible for Young Women of Color, the Strength and Honor Bible for Young Men of Color, the Women of Color Devotional Bible and the African-American Family Bible. She was the Co-Editor for the BibleZine, REAL, published by Thomas Nelson and is currently working on a new African-American women’s bible project.
She is a motivational speaker and community activist. She is working on several film projects. Among them she has a development deal with Turner Entertainment Networks and she is the Executive Producer/Creator for a web show called Locker Jam.
She lives in the greater Atlanta area with her husband, Derrick, a former NFL player and current sports chaplain for Georgia Tech Athletics. They have three children; Dustyn (16), Sydni (14) and Sheldyn (12).
She considers it an honor and a calling to write for the Lord.
OMG OMG OMG. I freaking love love love this book. I cannot wait to read other books from this author. I love how this book is a two in one. One about her and one about him. Its wonderful. I say go buy this book right now. Or get someone to get it for you. (: I seriously would love to read all her books. I wish I would be contacted from this author to review more books. ((:
Stars I give this book:
***** (5 Stars)
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Posted July 20, 2012
This was a typical teen romance, which I love to read, but it had a unique twist that I have never seen before in a story! Once you read the story through Charli's eyes, you are suppose to flip the book over and then read the story through Blake's perspective. How cool is that?! I especially loved how the story could relate to any high school students life and therefore makes it great read for the younger crowd. The relationship between Charli and Blake is a typical case and they deal with issues and drama that all teenage couples go through. Another big thing I admired about this story was that Stephanie, the author who focuses on writing Christian novels, wrote about the hard decisions a teenager who has certain strong beliefs has to experience. Teenagers receive a lot pressure from friends and family when they follow a certain lifestyle and this story really puts into perspective.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 3, 2012
Such a unique urban fictional tale, two of Lockwood Lions most influential teens, Charli, Captain of the Cheerleading Squad and Blake, Quarterback of the Football team. What makes this book unique and interesting is that its a flip book! Two different perspectives of the same duo "Charli-Cheer Drama" and "Blake- Baller Swag", we follow their stories in anticipation of understanding one another, learning what the other doesn't know or doesn't see and hoping that the two will overcome teenage drama and unite together as the dynamic duo we want them to so desperately be...
I actually was read the book, when I received the book, I handed it over to my teen, (she's a little on the younger side and some of the details, incidents and concepts, were a bit much for her, so I definitely do not recommend this book to the younger teens at all. High School Age and Young Adults would much better relate to this book). What I did love and appreciate about the book is that it posed real life issues that not just"high profile" students face, but teenagers as a whole, it expressed concepts that even some young teens don't really share with their parents, so it made it an interesting read. We all learn to adapt, deal and cope with issues, life, drama, relationships in different ways, so being able to get an inside look at Charli & Blake's perspective, really helped me to understand what was going on with the both of them and why things were happening...But there were times when I found myself saying, "why aren't you both just talking to one another?" Wouldn't that just make things all too easy! What a concept!
All in all, my daughter enjoyed the book, it was sort of a bonding experience for the both of us. She did mention being apprehensive to read the book, because it featured a teenage cheerleader, and well, that's just not her thing, she's more on the athletic side of the spectrum, but said that she was uniquely pleased after reading Charli's first chapter, and intrigued to read and learn more. She found herself reading ahead, discussing each chapter with me and going back to read some more, even though some of the concepts/ideas were a little over her head. For a book to grasp that much of her time and attention, I'd say that it was very enjoyable.
Posted June 22, 2012
This is a great way to introduce reluctant readers to the idea that each character has a story to tell. As the reader, I felt compelled to side with Charli as I read Always Upbeat. Then when I heard Blake's side of the story, I could understand some of his actions and emotions. I liked that the two books were in one so that readers could have the experience at once. The characters are in high school and the issues they deal with are quite mature and I would hesitate to allow my middle school student to read the book without my guidance. Read with a parent, it could be a really great opportunity to discuss some coming-of-age issues such as sexual morality and peer pressure.
I received a copy of this book to review. The opinions are 100% mine.
Posted June 16, 2012
Interesting Read ~This book was very unique in how it was presented. Most books you read you have to read several books in order to get a whole picture of the characters over a series but with this book Stephanie introduces us to a very interesting style. It's a two way look at the same story. Basically we are introduce to Charli a young woman who is coming of age in a tough situation she seems to have everything but sometimes looks can be deceiving and not everything is as it seems. Now the catch is when you are done reading about charli you flip the book and read All That which is the story of charli's boyfriend Blake. He is the quarterback of the football team and is determined to stay ahead but when something happens his world is turned around.
This books deals with young people coming to terms with peer pressure, family illness, marriage trouble as well as teen sex. The book is a very good book geared toward self awareness and learning to be yourself. It also allows you to view the situation from two different points of view in one book. I highly recommend this book for any young adult who enjoys reading it is well written and a joy to read.