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The Fight (Drama High Series #1)

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Brimming with the same spirited sense of style and magic as Disney's That's So Raven, Drama High introduces a fun, brazen new series featuring a young sistah who's learning that life in the 'hood is nothing compared to life in high school . . .
Proudly hailing from Compton, USA, sixteen-year-old Jayd Jackson is no stranger to drive-by shootings or run-ins with the friendly neighborhood crackhead. Street-smart, book-smart, and life-smart, she's nobody's fool-least of all KJ's, ...
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Overview

Brimming with the same spirited sense of style and magic as Disney's That's So Raven, Drama High introduces a fun, brazen new series featuring a young sistah who's learning that life in the 'hood is nothing compared to life in high school . . .
Proudly hailing from Compton, USA, sixteen-year-old Jayd Jackson is no stranger to drive-by shootings or run-ins with the friendly neighborhood crackhead. Street-smart, book-smart, and life-smart, she's nobody's fool-least of all KJ's, the most popular and cutest basketball jock at South Bay High, aka Drama High. Yes, it's a fact, Jayd fell hard for his player ways for a time, but now that KJ's shown his true colors-dumping Jayd because she refused to give up the cookies-she's through with him and his game playing for good.

Jayd just wants to start her Junior year of high school drama free. But wanting ain't getting, especially at a place like Drama High, a predominately white high school in a wealthy part of Los Angeles, where Jayd and 30 other Compton kids get bussed to daily. Saying race relations aren't what they should be would be putting it mildly, and that's just the beginning of the drama. Jayd's first day back to school, KJ's new girlfriend, Trecee, steps to her wanting to fight. Egged on by Misty, Jayd's former best friend-turned-nemesis, Trecee wants to make Jayd understand that KJ is off limits-even if she has to do it with her fists. With the fight set for Friday, and the sistah drama at an all time high, Jayd is about to learn who's really got her back and more importantly, when she's got to watch it. But at least she can always count on Mama, and her mystical bag of tricks.

Drama High is aremarkably assured debut, and L. Divine is a tantalizing and refreshing new voice. Jayd and her bold, honest, and laugh-out-loud funny assessment of life, along with her quirky cast of friends, classmates, loves, her magical family and eccentric neighbors make for an irresistible, can't-put-it-down read.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780758216335
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Series: Drama High Series , #1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 203,284
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 780L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

L. Divine holds a Master's in African American Studies and Educational Psychology from UCLA. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her daughter and son.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted May 16, 2010

    horrible book....

    well first i thought it was gonna be good, but then i read it and it was so confusing. i found it hard to connect to any of the characters, it wasn't realistic and on top of that, the author kept adding all these new characters out of now where. she didn't explain the scenes good so i couldn't tell where they were in the book. i just think this book is really bad....too bad i bought it!

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 8, 2009

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    A very captivating concept and main plot... unfortunately held back by lackluster writing

    The book has a very interesting and supposedly interesting concept but with a lot of cons that drags it near rock bottom. I had to literally force myself to read through one-hundred and sixty-three pages and I couldn't even do that without taking a day's long break after each chapter. It's a shame too because I REALLY wanted to like this story. There are little to no black teen stories that revolves around positive role models. <BR/><BR/>The story is told from the point-of-view of Jayd and I must admit she's a very well-written characters(in terms of being character that young black teens can idolize). She's a virgin and she doesn't let any man of hers control or ruin her life(which is much less than I can say for majority of today's literature). She's not perfect but she's trying her best to shake her past and the person she once was to be a better person. She's intelligent, humorous, insightful, and helpful. And, while I'm glad the story is told in her POV, I wish there were other characters that we can follow at some points. Jayd hangs with two very funny and eccentric girls that I would have liked to learn more about. Through the book we're also introduced to Jayd's crowded homelife. We meet her very traditional, spiritual grandmother and a bunch of uncles and cousins.<BR/><BR/>While Jayd sounds like the saving grace of the book, the pacing nearly ruins it to almost-unforgivable status. The plot of the book is about Jayd anticipating a scheduled fight with her ex-boyfriend's, KJ, new girlfriend. She battles her inner-demons as she's trying not to be the feisty girl who she was in the past and while it sounds entertaining in theory you should know that it's not nearly enough to fill in 163 pages without the occasional filler chapter. And boy does this book comes with fillers! Most of which were hardly entertaining at all. <BR/><BR/>Another problem I had with the book was little to no emotional drawback. (SPOILER ALERT!)In the beginning of the story Jayd witnesses a young teen, no older than her, get murdered right before her eyes. She tries to help the guy but he unfortunately dies right in her arms. And instead of setting up an emotional path for Jayd to follow, she nearly shrugs it off and goes home. The entire event was just irrelevant and useless to the story and was never even mentioned throughout the rest of the story. I suppose it was thrown in there to set up the typical it's-a-hard-knocked-life-for-us setting that urban books usually have.<BR/><BR/>Overall, the book is draggy and boring for majority of it but I'm an optimistic and I feel like the series can't get any worst. Eventually, I'll get the second book and give it a quick run-through before officially dropping the series completely.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2007

    READ THIS

    I really LOVED this book. Jayd is so easy to relate to and it's a quick and easy read!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2007

    DANGGG!!!

    OMG! It was excellente! this book had me under my night stand @ 12:23 in the mornin' (no joke!) suckin' in all the juicy details. I luv the way Jayd stood up the way she did and never took any mess. This book shows u how grimy and evil people may be even the ones u THINK are ur friends

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 29, 2009

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    Good yet dull

    I've seen this book ever since it came out in 2006 it took me three years to convince me to pick it up and buy it. I dont like reading stories or series without fishing them. I just finished 2nd chance on 11/28/09 it was better than the first. the 3rd one was better than the first and second. what im basically saying is it gets better as it go's along.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2008

    An unbiased review

    I honestly can't believe most of the people reviewing this book gave it an instant 5-stars. This book, despite the interesting concept, falls a little below excellent. The story is told through a first person POV of the book's protagonist, Jayd. Jayd is an interesting person and I definitely enjoy her perspective on social issues and political imbalances. It does a good job at tackling both the superficial drama of high school and the deeper issues in life. The book starts to fall in quality with the pacing. The book is EXTREMELY slow. I know the book is called 'The Fight' but I didn't know it was literally going to revolve around an anticipated battle. If Drama High was a TV show then all 163 of those pages would've been one episode. There are a lot of chapters that the book could have gone without. It's surely obvious that a lot of chapters were added just to make the book lengthy. Some parts of the book was exciting and others were just slow and boring. I also wish the story went into perspective of other characters like Nellie. Jayd is a likable protagonist but I wish we could see more of the other character's lives. Overall, the book definitely has boring parts that can be skipped but it's worth the read simply for being an urban teen book. Not many books follow in that genre. I'm going to get the 2nd book in hopes that the pacing has changed after this 'pilot'.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2008

    GREAT BOOK, SHOULD BE A TV SERIES

    I read this book in one day and I must say It was GREAT! They really should make this book series as a tv show like Gossip Girl.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2007

    One of the best sereis ever.

    4A I thought that this book had alot of detail. The author really descibes the culture of Jayds family. I really liked the how she made one character changed completly, to keep the story moving.There wasnt one thing that I didnt like about this book. I did'nt think that the character Misty had a very important part in the book, but I was very wrong. Just a little imput from her character would change the story. This book kept me itching for more, I loved it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2007

    excellent drama series

    This is an excellent story for all high schoolers who are going through 'drama themselves'. This girl has spunk, beauty, and brains. Though it wasn't easy getting there. All teenagers should read this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2007

    Keeps u interested!

    I have read all of the Drama High books.L.Divine is a great author,I can't wait for Frenemies. I recommend this book especially for African American teens.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2007

    keeps your toes

    This book was a great book. I could not put the book down. I read all of them in 1 week. And im reall not a reader. They need to hury up with frenemies.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2007

    Drama High:The Fight

    This book was so good i finished it all in one day. Now i'm almost finished with the second one about to start on the third!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2006

    Well....

    Yea like da rating says it aint dat great. I mean da whole book wuz about a fight dat the author dragged on and on until the end of the book and i dont really understand where voodoo and wut not comes in dis book. but in the end the book does have a very surprising ending. and i guess girls my age (13-17) should read it. you'll realize how much jayd's (the girl in the book) life is like your :)

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2007

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!

    This book is very surprising and hot. I really thought this book was good and I can't read the others.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    captivating look at teen life

    In Compton, California South Bay High School basketball star Kalvince Alonzo Jenkins, Jr., KJ for short, tells his girlfriend Jayd Jackson that they are through as he is making it with someone else willing to go all the way with him. She is upset, but with her close friends Nellie and Mickey at her side, she moves on past the disappointment of her love life being shattered. After working all summer at Simply Wholesome, Jayd returns to school hoping this year will be quieter and not another sentence at ¿Drama High¿, where she knows being an outsider bussed in means the locals assume she will steal from them. However, her former best friend Misty still has in for her and persuades KJ¿s current squeeze Trecee into challenging Jayd to a cat fight. Though uninterested in a fight or KJ, as she has found student Jeremy more fascinating and kinder than her ex though he is white, Jayd knows she has no choice if she is to attend school with her head held high by defending her honor. --- This is a captivating look at teen life at a middle class predominately white high school in which the star of the tale, Jayd, is bussed in along with about thirty other black students. Her insight into the drama of surviving high school is terrific as rivalries are the norm. Readers will appreciate the first Drama High tale starring a strong support cast and a heroine who just wants a quiet school year and wonders if that is asking too much? --- Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2007

    Great

    This is great.. she needs to write more cuz im feeling the way the words flow and everthing.. i Love it! WRITE MORE BOOKS!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2006

    the truth

    I loved this book because it brought up a lot of things that teens go through every day. I can't wait until the next book comes up.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2012

    this is a great book i have series 3 already!

    this is a great book i have series 3 already!

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  • Posted October 20, 2011

    Okay

    I think that you should not buy this book because it is very hard to follow.Also,it is a book with some stereotypes. For example, the cover makes it look like all of our young African American women fight and get into silly arguments about men.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    This book was very good. I enjoyed reading it. I liked how the story was realateable.

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