Keysha's Drama (Kimani Tru: Kesha Series) [NOOK Book]


Sixteen-year-old Keysha Kendall is a judge's signature away from foster care when she's sent to live with the father she never knew. Suddenly she has her own room in his big fancy house, a high-powered stepmother and a popular half brother who can introduce her to all the right people at her new school.

But Keysha can't forget where she came from. And she won't let anyone else, either. Why should her father and his perfect family have it so easy when she and her mother had it so...

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Sixteen-year-old Keysha Kendall is a judge's signature away from foster care when she's sent to live with the father she never knew. Suddenly she has her own room in his big fancy house, a high-powered stepmother and a popular half brother who can introduce her to all the right people at her new school.

But Keysha can't forget where she came from. And she won't let anyone else, either. Why should her father and his perfect family have it so easy when she and her mother had it so hard? And so Keysha hooks up with a rough crowd and does whatever she wants…until what she wants changes real fast….

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426800993
  • Publisher: Kimani Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2007
  • Series: Kimani Tru: Kesha Series
  • Sold by: HARLEQUIN
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 722,204
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • File size: 183 KB

Meet the Author

Earl Sewell attended Columbia College in Chicago where he studied screen and fiction writing. Earl’s YA novels in his Keysha and Friends series have made him a librarian and teen fan favorite. He currently resides in South Holland, Illinois, and is working on his next novel.

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No matter how hard I tried to get Ronnie's attention he wouldn't look me. He avoided eye contact by toying with the ring tones on his cellular phone. His unwillingness to look me in the eye and speak directly to me annoyed me. Ronnie was seventeen and stood about five foot nine inches tall. He had brown skin just like mine and wore his hair French braided. That day he was wearing an oversize white T-shirt, baggy Sean John jeans and what appeared to be a new pair of Nike Air Force One gym shoes. We were standing on the sidewalk in front of the apartment building that he lived in with his mother. In the distance I heard the thud of music from a trunk amp bouncing against the air. Ronnie is my boyfriend, or should I say was my boyfriend until I caught him snuggled up with some girl inside of a movie theater. When I saw him and the other girl I decided to play it cool at first, you know, just to make sure that I wasn't overreacting. I discreetly positioned myself in a seat directly behind them so that I could keep a close eye on them. No sooner than the lights went down, Ronnie took off his jacket, hooked it around her shoulders and began kissing her. That's when I lost it. Before I could even think rationally, I began attacking them both. I slapped him on the head and pulled her hair. It wasn't long before two movie theater ushers rushed in to stop my assault as well as ask me to leave. At the time I didn't give Ronnie a chance to explain what was going on and who the girl was. To be honest, I really didn't care who she was. All I knew was that my boyfriend, who had told me at least twenty times he loved me the night before, wasn't acting like it.

The movie theater incident happened weeks ago. I hadn't seen or heard from Ronnie since that time because I had to move away due to a load of family drama that was going on in my life. During the time I was away, I cried a lot partly because of the situation my family was in and partly because I really missed Ronnie. Now that I'd returned to my old neighborhood, I thought for sure Ronnie had missed me at least a little. I also wanted to give him a chance to explain himself as well as see if we could forget about what happened in the past and start over. Besides, I'd heard that he was no longer with the girl he'd been caught cheating with.

I tried once again to get Ronnie to acknowledge me.

When our eyes finally met, I could tell he wanted me to disappear and forget that we ever had anything meaningful.

"Why did you even come around here looking for me?" he snapped at me as if the very sight of me irritated him like a bad skin rash.

"Don't you bark at me like that," I shouted back at him. "I thought you'd missed me and I wanted to give you a chance to explain yourself. So, what happened between us, Ronnie?" I asked straight out.

"I've already told you. It's over between us. You're playing too many games, girl. I'm just not into you anymore."

"But why? What did I do?"

"You're crazy for starters," Ronnie said and then was silent for a long moment as I waited for him to elaborate.

"Look, you just need to forget you even know me. In fact, just erase my name and face out of your memory."

"How can you say that to me? After all we've been though? You told me you loved me and no matter what we'd be together. You promised me, Ronnie, you promised me that you'd never hurt my heart." I raised my voice at him. I couldn't help it because my heart was hurting. It didn't matter that we hadn't seen each other in two months, my heart was still broken and I wanted an explanation.

"Look, girl!" he said, pointing his index finger at me as if it was a weapon. "Oh, now I'm just some girl?" Whenever I got upset about something, no matter how calm I tried to be my voice would always express how I truly felt. "Get your finger out of my face." I quickly grabbed his index finger and tried to twist it off his hand. I wanted to hurt him at that moment. I wanted him to feel the heartache and pain I felt. We tussled for a moment before he broke free of my grip.

"You need to leave, Keysha. I'm not playing with you. Go on back home to your mama."

"So what are you saying, Ronnie?"

"Keysha, I'm through with you. What part of that isn't getting through your thick skull?"

"How can you just turn your feelings for me off like that? I mean, I thought about how I felt about you every day. I even called you after the incident and left messages for you asking you to call me back so we could talk but you didn't. I even called you when I found out that I had to move away for a while. I thought for sure you'd at least want to know where I was being shipped off to but you never contacted me." I was pleading my case. I reminded him of my goodfaith efforts to stick by his side. I was hoping that he'd feel some sense of guilt.

"Keysha, I'm just not feeling you like that anymore. You were cool for a minute but then you started smothering me. You called me too much, you didn't like it when I wanted to hang out with my friends instead of you. On top of that you're too bossy. I just can't get down with a girl that acts crazy and bossy all of the time. You need to roll out and leave me alone."

"Okay, I'll change. Will that help?" I asked, hoping to find the words he wanted to hear.

"No, just leave me alone, all right." Ronnie finally put away his cellular phone. "I've just erased your name, number and special ring tone from my phone. It's been real," he said and then turned his back and walked toward his building.

"I hate you, Ronnie!" I shouted out as loudly as I could. I wanted everyone within the sound of my voice to know how upset I was. I suddenly didn't care about making a public scene.

"Yeah, whatever. Don't come around here looking for me anymore,"he said as he entered his building. At that moment rage pumped through my blood and I rushed into the building behind him. I grabbed a fistful of his pretty braided hair and tried to snatch it out of his head. He reached back and put his hand over my fist and tried to pry it away.

"Let go of my hair, Keysha!" he shouted out as we scuffled. At that moment I heard the door to his apartment open. Ronnie's mother came into the hallway above us on the next landing.

"Let him go before I call the police on you!" she screamed at me. Part of me didn't care if I went to jail but another part of me did. I held on to his hair for a moment longer and then yanked really hard, ripping his hair from his skull.

"Get out!" his mother commanded me. She was much larger than I was and for all my spunk I knew I was no match for her. "And don't let me catch you back around here anymore. Do you understand me?"

I rushed out of the building before Ronnie or his mother could come within arm's length of me. Once I got outside, I ran as fast as I could. I wanted to get away from them. In many ways, I wanted to run away from myself, but I knew that was impossible. When I finally stopped running, I was a good four blocks away. I decided to rest on a bus bench so I could catch my breath. I leaned forward and rested my elbows on my thighs as I waited for my breathing to regulate. For a moment, I thought about crying but I couldn't summon up any tears because I was too angry. My life was so messed up. I swear, sometimes I wondered if some mythical witch or wizard placed a curse on me. I swept my fingers through my hair as I mulled over my situation. My mother, Justine, was crazy as well as pregnant. I had to admit that it tripped me out when she admitted she was going to have a baby. Justine is a real piece of work. In fact, her brain should probably be donated to science because her thought process is completely twisted. My mom became pregnant with me when she was very young. She acts more like my girlfriend than my mom. She cares more about partying than she does about keeping a roof over our heads, a decent job or food on the table. Sometimes, well most times, we fought and argued with one another. I didn't like her because she didn't act her age and in some ways resented the day I was born. At least that's the way I felt.

A bus stopped in front of me, and the driver opened the door thinking that I wanted to get on. I looked at him for a moment and then waved him on. I sat upright on the bench and glanced at the green and white street sign. I was at the corner of Chicago and Laramie Avenues, which meant that I was in the heart of the hood. My mom and I were staying in a basement apartment a few blocks up. I hated the place. It was run down, dirty and infested with roaches and rats. It was nothing like my Aunt Estelle's home. She had a beautiful high-rise apartment overlooking Lake Michigan. I used to live there with her husband, Dr. Richard Vincent, my Grandmother Rubylee and my cousin Nathan. It was nice living in such a grand place, but that all changed because my Grandmother Rubylee, who was crazier than my mom, was stealing money out of Richard's bank account. She got caught by the police and is serving time for her crime. Shortly after my Grandmother Rubylee was arrested, my Aunt Estelle passed away, and that pretty much ended the welcome of Justine and me in Dr. Vincent's home. All of that happened about two months ago, right around the time I caught Ronnie at the movie theater with some girl.

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  • Posted November 21, 2009

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    Keysha's Drama

    This book is the first in the Keysha Series by Earl Sewell.

    Keysha is a Chicago teen who lives with her 'party girl' mother Justine. When she and her mother are evicted from their apartment, Keysha's world is turned upside down. With no money or hope, she is placed in foster care and connected with her real father she has never met.

    Despite having her own room, new home and school to attend, Keysha still has drama. She doesn't want to forget where she has come from so she battles with her hard as nails step-mother and spars with her annoyng step-brother Mike. When she connects with the wrong crowd, her actions land her deep in trouble with her family and causes a great deal of embarrassment. This is where Sewell is at his best: describing the inner thoughts of Keysha as she struggles to fit in with her family/classmates and make positive decisions. Many authors attempt to do this, but fail to do so because they cannot capture the character's 'voice'. Not the case with Sewell; this is probably why the Keysha series is so popular with teens.

    Though "Keysha's Drama" is directed at teen audiences, adults can learn some valuable lessons from the story as well. This is a good book for pre-teens and teens that will surely spark lively discussions.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2011

    The Life of a Teen.

    Keysha's Drama was the first book of the series "Keysha's Drama" former Author Earl Sewell Created.
    Keysha is a Chicago teen who lived with her mother Justine. Not knowing who her father was because of her mother's Hoe-ish ways. while her mom was out all types of the night not being responsible,Her mom got them evicted out their home and forced her to live in a foster home. She later Connected with her Real father she never met. Even though it may seem as if she has a Brand new start Keysha still had drama. She thought she would have a brand new start she didn't plan on having. she was stuck with the same drama just from a distance and more intense. while she was in enrolled in her new school she still managed to find the wrong Crowd to hang around and got in even more trouble that she was in Before she moved with her father.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2012

    Love but hate

    I love this book but i hate how it leaves the case unsolved but i have an idea who did it.

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  • Posted July 18, 2011


    Book was DOPE ! i actually cried three timess , well the book was amaziing the beginning to me was kinda annoying but you keep going it gets better and better her life is hard and while you read you feel more as if your in keyshas shoes ,

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  • Posted May 20, 2011

    superior- you'd fall in love with it!

    Do you enjoy fantasizing about a book that relates to your life? I have the book Keysha's Drama byy Earl Sewell, which to me is a very interesting novel, the main character,Keysha, lives a hard life with a mother who doesn't want her and is out partying like she has no responsabilities. Keysha is running around independent because her mother isn't there for her and she doesn't have a father to depend on because she doesn't know him. Keysha lives in the ghetto where there is nothing for her. What makes the novel, Keysha's Drama so is that you can relate to the book like its your own personal life.The narrator describes the way keysha feels and what she thinks should be done about her life.
    Some surprising moments are when Keysha found out who her father was. Another surprising moment is when keyshas' friend, Toya gets out of jail, she trys to hurt keysha physically.The title relates very, very much to the story, thats why it drew most of my attention.An example of an expert writing in the novel is when the author brings up another book into Keyshas conversation with the sales lady.

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  • Posted July 28, 2010

    Great Book

    This book really helped me see that everything that may seem good isn't all ways good It's a book that young teenagers can relate to either you relate to Keysha or Ronnie or Toya. This book really helps you see that no one is perfect but you can make your life the best way possible depending on the situations you put yourself in. My favorite character that I can mostly relate to is Toya. Toya is sixteen-year-old teen mother and the father of her baby is not around for her or her child. Toya is trying to get her baby daddy back in her life and she has everyone else watching her child while she looks for him. He is very controlling but she is too blind to realize what kind of person he is. She is blinded because she thinks she in love just like all teens feel. A lot of teens can relate to being blinded by love and no realizing what your doing until it's to late. Many teens that are blinded by love can also relate to becoming teen parents and the baby daddy most of the time is not there. The girl is stuck on her own struggling with school and raising her child on her own. I love her story the most, because I know many teens that end up being blinded. They end up ruining there life because of one time they feel like there in love. Therefore, they feel that they have to prove it by sleeping with the guy. Then when things get rough or if the girl ends up pregnant, he acts as if he is not the father. He is out enjoying his life while the girl is struggling going from home to home. Toya's story teaches young girls that it's best to wait until your older or at least until you have your life in order. If you can take care of yourself out here in the world then you are ready to take care of a baby. Until then it is best to just enjoy your childhood while you still have it. You do not want to ruin it because you are having a baby. That is hard on you and your parents and no child is ready for that. This is a really great book and it teaches you never judge a book by its cover. Enjoy the book I know you will.

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  • Posted June 2, 2010

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    I love this book!!

    At first when i read the book, i only got to like the 6th chapter and was about to turn the book in...but thank goodness that i was bored to death yesterday and stayed in my room to read it!This book is very unique in its own way because i have never read any book that has this much drama in it!!!The reader can kind of relate to Keysha's problems even though they havent went throught the things that she has went through.I almost cried at the end when Jordan and Keysha shared a very strong connection and when Barbara finally opened up to really does show how much of a woman she really is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2009

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    The book is very interesting

    Keysha was an independent girl, she had to practically raise her brothers and sisters .Part of the book was very sad because Keysha's brother and sisters was taken away by the social workers .She was united with her father because she had no where to live .I love book this book ,its very fun to read .

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 20, 2009


    I LOVE this book. It was really well written. You felt like you could identify with the character even if you couldn't. This book is great for African American young adult girls. The main character was Keysha. I felt really bad for her. Her mother didn't seem like she loved her and she always verbally abused Keysha. Keysha grew up in a loveless home where she felt that nobody loved her. Eventually she thought that she was unworthy of love. Many things happen and eventually Keysha moves in with her Father. She falls in with a bad crowd, thinking that her father was like the rest of her loved ones. The thing that happens next Changes everything. To find out what happens.. READ THE BOOK!!!!!! (This was posted by D.H.)

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  • Posted March 27, 2009



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  • Posted March 18, 2009

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    The best book you will ever read!

    This book is about a girl name Keysha, she goes through so much starting at the age of eight. She no longer loved her family she suffered hungriness, someone to love her and a place where she could lay her head down every night. She ends up in a foster home, she wants to escape from there, but there no other place where she could go. She's a really smart girl though and she wants to make a wise decision, and she ends up doing it. What you think she did or what happen to her? this book and you will find out. I really, really recommend you to read it, its worth your time.

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  • Posted February 17, 2009

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    This book is awesome!!

    this book was really good the drama was really good and it kept you wondering what was going to happen next i couldnt put it down its good drama from the beginning to the end i love those kind of books!!and i love to read books and would love to read the next one!!

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  • Posted November 1, 2008

    Melissa <3

    wow! i never read books but i juss couldnt out this one down!<BR/>omg this was the best book i have ever read. even the title caught my attention. haha but yah if u read this is a GREAT book! i cant wait to read the next one by him,"If I Were Your Boyfriend", it looks soo good too! Im working on read the whole Kimani Tru series there juss too good to turn away from! haha but really read this book its awesome! i read it in 3 days thats how good it was...and for a gurl who doesnt read! lol well i hope you enjoy this book! <BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/>xox melissa<3

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2008

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    Keysha's Drama is the best!

    I really enjoyed this book because I am a foster child and I related to Keysha's character and the situations she was in. I can't wait to read the next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2008

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    First of all I have read a lot of reviews where people are saying that the book leaves you hanging but what they don't know is this is a SERIES! So you must read "If I Were Your Boyfriend" and "Lessons Learned". Mr. Sewell is a BRILLIANT writer. This story is very well written and you can relate to it. This 16-year old girl who has been dealt the bad cards in life is going through and looking for love but along the way people, events and situations will get you caught up if you decide to be a follower. Very important message to teens in this book. I enjoyed reading every page. Can't wait for Part II!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2008

    What Happened Next???

    The ending leaves you on straight stuck...many of the other characters become forgotten and out of the picture. This is the first Kimani TRU book that I've read and I'm honestly not IMPRESSED.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2008


    This book was really good but it was not original at all!! Anyway a lot of teens can relate to this! Loved it and im pretty sure you will too!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2008


    Oh my gosh this book was so good. I would recommend this book to anybody who loves urban novels and drama. It was really good and now im hooked on Kimani Tru books. Cant wait till Earl Sewell's next book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2008


    i liked the book alot but the end left you hanging. We didnt't know what happened to the other girl. No more information on her mother. Did the guys that tried to rape her get in trouble. How the school punished her. The white girl didn't even get in trouble. I still love Kimani Tru books, though. It's a good series and i enjoy all of the books. I can't wait till the other books come out.I love the way they release a book every month that is good and it always keeps you on your toes just waiting for another book to come out but awwe don't have to wait six months for another one to come out

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2008


    i loved this book it was great i love kimani tru books they all have a great story line and keep me interested form begining to end

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