Fair-Weather Friends (The Good Girlz Series)

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The Theta Ladies are the hottest new high school sorority, and Camille wants in! After seeing the girls perform a fantastic show at her school, Camille's dreaming of donning the pink satin T-shirt of the Thetas...and is beyond flattered when the sorority sisters actually acknowledge her existence. If only she could persuade her best friends — Alexis, Jasmine, and Angel — to join with ...

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Overview

Welcome to the club....

The Theta Ladies are the hottest new high school sorority, and Camille wants in! After seeing the girls perform a fantastic show at her school, Camille's dreaming of donning the pink satin T-shirt of the Thetas...and is beyond flattered when the sorority sisters actually acknowledge her existence. If only she could persuade her best friends — Alexis, Jasmine, and Angel — to join with her....

Is it worth the price of admission?

Jasmine has always butted heads with Tori Young, the Theta Ladies president, and she wants no part of the exclusive sorority scene. Camille, Alexis, and Angel are excited to be pledging and are up for any challenge. When it is time to announce new members, Camille and Alexis are accepted and Angel's left out in the cold. Despite her disappointment, Angel encourages her friends to enjoy themselves. But when the real reason for Angel's rejection comes to light, Alexis and Camille must choose: Do they break their commitment to their newfound "sisters" to take a stand for their sister at heart?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416558767
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publication date: 9/16/2008
  • Series: Good Girlz Series
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 602,334
  • Age range: 14 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

ReShonda Tate Billingsley is the #1 national bestselling author of numerous novels for adults, as well as the Good Girlz teen series. She recently won the NAACP Award for Outstanding Literary Work for Say Amen Again. She is also the author of the nonfiction book The Motherhood Diaries. Visit her website at ReShondaTateBillingsley.com.

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Camille

These chicks were off the chain!

I couldn't do anything but stare in awe at the twelve girls on the auditorium stage. Not only did they look cute as all get-out in their tight black low-riders and pink satin T-shirts with "Theta Diva" spelled out in rhinestones, but they were doing moves I'd never seen before. We were at my school's step show. The Thetas were the third act, and they were turning the place out.

As a member of my high school's drill team, I can appreciate a good dancer, but these girls were dancing and stepping like they were starring in that Stomp the Yard movie. They had the crowd going wild.

One of my best friends, Alexis, must've been thinking the same thing because she leaned in to me and shouted over the thumping rap music, "Girl, what's the name of this group again?"

"They're called the Theta Ladies. It's a sorority at my school," I responded as we stood with the crowd and applauded like crazy while they exited the stage.

Although the sorority was on campus at a lot of other high schools here in Houston, the Thetas had just started at my school last year. I'd seen the girls around campus, wearing their pink-and-white T-shirts, but I'd never paid them much attention. Until now.

"Gimme a break. They ain't all that," my other best friend, Jasmine, said as she turned up her nose. I ignored her. Jasmine always had something negative to say. Not many things impressed her and she always found something wrong with everything.

Jasmine had come a long way from when we first met her a year and a half ago, though. That's when we all joined the Good Girlz, a community service group formed by Rachel Jackson Adams, the first lady of this church in our neighborhood.

I know the name may sound a little hokey, but don't get it twisted. We aren't some Goody Two-shoes group. In fact, Miss Rachel started the group as part of a youth outreach program at Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church, where her husband was pastor. Even though her daddy was a preacher, Miss Rachel was buck wild as a teenager; and now that she was grown, she wanted to do something to help teens who were headed down the wrong path. And boy, were we headed down the wrong path.

I was actually facing jail time when I hooked up with the Good Girlz. It's almost unbelievable, since I had never been in any major trouble before that, but the dog who used to be my boyfriend had my nose wide open. Six months after me and Keith started going together, he got arrested for carjacking an old lady. He kept saying he didn't do it. I believed him, but he couldn't wait for justice to prevail so he broke out of jail. (We later found out he really didn't do it. It was his stepbrother.)

After he escaped, Keith had me hide him at my grandma's house. The thing was, I didn't even know he'd broken out. He told me they let him go. Anyway, the police eventually found him at my grandma's house, and that fool took off through a back window and left me to take the rap for hiding him.

So when the judge told me it was either jail or the Good Girlz, well, you can see that was a no-brainer. Let me just tell you, I'm too cute for jail. (People tell me all the time I look like a prettier version of Kyla Pratt, that girl who played on the TV show One on One.)

It's a good thing I joined the Good Girlz because the police later found Keith hiding out at his baby mama's house. Did I mention that I didn't know he had a baby? Or a baby mama? So, I probably would've been in prison for real for killing him if it wasn't for the Good Girlz.

"Look how they're strutting around like they're all that." Jasmine's voice snapped me out of my thoughts.

I grinned as I watched the Thetas walk down the aisle. Everyone was stopping them and giving them props. "They are all that," I said, my voice full of admiration.

"Really, they're not," Jasmine snarled.

I blew her off because Jasmine was my girl, funky attitude and all. Miss Rachel had made Jasmine join the Good Girlz after breaking up a fight between her and this boy named Dedrick. At six feet tall, Jasmine wasn't anybody you wanted to mess with. Just ask Dedrick. She had beat him like he stole something just because he was teasing her.

Jasmine has actually toned down some of her mean ways over the last year and a half. Although you'd never know it by the way she was sitting over there with her nose all turned up.

"I didn't know they even had sororities in high school," Alexis said.

Alexis was the rich girl of the group. Her dad is some big-time businessman, and her family has beaucoup money. She resembled Beyoncé (and she didn't hesitate to let you know it) and was always dressed in the tightest clothes, looking like she had just stepped off the cover of a magazine. But she's so cool that her bourgie ways don't bother me. Most of the time anyway.

I turned my attention back to Alexis, since she was just as hyped as I was.

"Yeah, lots of high schools have sororities," I said.

"Have you ever thought about joining?" the fourth member of our group, Angel, leaned in and asked. She'd been so quiet I'd almost forgotten she was there. But that was Angel's nature. She was the sweet, quiet one of the group. Getting pregnant at fifteen had made her grow up pretty fast, especially because her baby's daddy was this triflin' boy named Marcus, who didn't even claim their daughter, Angelica. I loved Angel, and her daughter was so adorable, but I wouldn't trade places with her for anything in the world.

"I think it would be cool to be a Theta," Alexis said wistfully. "But they don't have them at my school."

Alexis was the only one of us that didn't go to Madison High School. She went to a private school called St. Pius on the other side of town.

"I told you about that new rule the school district has that lets students participate in extracurricular activities at another school if your school doesn't offer it," I said. "So, you could join the Thetas at our school."

"For real?" she asked, wide-eyed.

I nodded as the next sorority made their way on to the stage. Sure, I'd watch them perform; but for me, the Thetas had already stolen the show.

Copyright © 2008 by ReShonda Tate Billingsley

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Introduction

Questions for Discussion

1. Fair-Weather Friends is the fifth book in Billingsley's Good Girlz series. How have the Good Girlz changed from earlier books? Who has matured the most? Who seems to have changed least?

2. Who is your favorite member of the Good Girlz? Have your opinions of any of the characters changed from book to book?

3. From the moment Camille sees the Thetas performing, she wants to be a part of their world. "I couldn't stop talking about the Theta Ladies. As a matter of fact, the whole school was talking about them." Why is Camille so drawn to the Thetas? Why does it take her so long to see the downside of the Thetas, even after the issues that come up with Angel?

4. How does each character's past shape the decisions she makes? How do they all learn from the mistakes of others?

5. Why does Jasmine see through the Thetas much earlier than her friends do? How is she different from the rest of the Good Girlz?

6. What does this book tell us about race relations? Have you or people you know experienced racism or other prejudices? How do you react to people who are outwardly prejudiced?

7. Rachel tells Jasmine, "I want you to understand that friends go through their ups and downs all the time...Keep trying to get through to them. Come up with a plan. Anything. Just don't give up on your friendship." Have any of your friendships been tested? How did you handle it? How do you work to maintain your friendships?

8. Do you think Tori's racial views reflect those of many people? Why do you think people like Tori act the way they do?

9. What does the book tell us about the nature of groups and exclusivity? Discuss the ways in which organizedgroups can positively and negatively impact society.

10. What were some of the funniest parts of the book? The most shocking? What were some other lines and scenes that stood out?

11. Who are some of your other favorite motivational fiction writers?

Activities to Enhance Your Book Club

1. This novel talks about the importance of community service. Get your group together for a volunteer outing. Take a look at http://www.networkforgood.org/volunteer/ or http://www.redcross.org/donate/volunteer/ for ideas. Or, brainstorm ideas for activities that support your favorite causes.

2. Have a dinner party where everyone prepares a favorite fun and easy dish. Bring music to play while you cook so you can share both songs and recipes. Try http://www.foodnetwork.com if you need ideas.

3. Get to know one another better. Write questions such as "What is your favorite book of all time?" and "Which fictional character do you most identify with?" on slips of paper. Drop them in a hat and pass them around.

4. Learn more about ReShonda Tate Billingsley and her upcoming books at http://www.myspace.com/goodgirlz1 and http://www.reshondatatebillingsley.com.

ReShonda Tate Billingsley is the author of the nonfiction book Help!  I've Turned into My Mother and six previous adult novels: My Brother's Keeper, for which she received the prestigious Gold Pen Award for Best New Author from the Black Writer's Alliance and the Nova Lee Nation Award from the Greater Dallas Writing Association; the national bestseller and #1 Essence bestseller Let the Church Say Amen, chosen for Library Journal's Best of 2004 list for Christian fiction; I Know I've Been Changed, a main Selection of the Black Expressions Book Club and #1 Dallas Morning News bestseller; the sequel to Let the Church Say Amen and a USA Today 2007 ?Summer Sizzler? and Essence bestseller Everybody Say Amen; The Pastor's Wife, also an Essence bestseller and Can I Get A Witness.  Her previous teen novels are Friends 'Til The End, Fair-Weather Friends, Getting Even, With Friends Like These, Blessings in Disguise, and Nothing But Drama, all available from Pocket Books.  She is also a contributor to the anthology Have a Little Faith.  She welcomes readers to her websites at www.reshondatatebillingsley.com.

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Reading Group Guide


Questions for Discussion

1. Fair-Weather Friends is the fifth book in Billingsley's Good Girlz series. How have the Good Girlz changed from earlier books? Who has matured the most? Who seems to have changed least?

2. Who is your favorite member of the Good Girlz? Have your opinions of any of the characters changed from book to book?

3. From the moment Camille sees the Thetas performing, she wants to be a part of their world. "I couldn't stop talking about the Theta Ladies. As a matter of fact, the whole school was talking about them." Why is Camille so drawn to the Thetas? Why does it take her so long to see the downside of the Thetas, even after the issues that come up with Angel?

4. How does each character's past shape the decisions she makes? How do they all learn from the mistakes of others?

5. Why does Jasmine see through the Thetas much earlier than her friends do? How is she different from the rest of the Good Girlz?

6. What does this book tell us about race relations? Have you or people you know experienced racism or other prejudices? How do you react to people who are outwardly prejudiced?

7. Rachel tells Jasmine, "I want you to understand that friends go through their ups and downs all the time...Keep trying to get through to them. Come up with a plan. Anything. Just don't give up on your friendship." Have any of your friendships been tested? How did you handle it? How do you work to maintain your friendships?

8. Do you think Tori's racial views reflect those of many people? Why do you think people like Tori act the way they do?

9. What does the book tell us about the nature of groups and exclusivity? Discuss the ways in which organized groups can positively and negatively impact society.

10. What were some of the funniest parts of the book? The most shocking? What were some other lines and scenes that stood out?

11. Who are some of your other favorite motivational fiction writers?

Activities to Enhance Your Book Club

1. This novel talks about the importance of community service. Get your group together for a volunteer outing. Take a look at http://www.networkforgood.org/volunteer/ or http://www.redcross.org/donate/volunteer/ for ideas. Or, brainstorm ideas for activities that support your favorite causes.

2. Have a dinner party where everyone prepares a favorite fun and easy dish. Bring music to play while you cook so you can share both songs and recipes. Try http://www.foodnetwork.com if you need ideas.

3. Get to know one another better. Write questions such as "What is your favorite book of all time?" and "Which fictional character do you most identify with?" on slips of paper. Drop them in a hat and pass them around.

4. Learn more about ReShonda Tate Billingsley and her upcoming books at http://www.myspace.com/goodgirlz1 and http://www.reshondatatebillingsley.com.

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    Fair Whether Friends is an amazing story

    This book teaches u life lessons. My favorite lesson is to stick by ur friends no matter WHAT ur going through

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