Priceless Inspirations
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Priceless Inspirations

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by Antonia 'Toya' Carter
     
 

On her hit television show 'Tiny and Toya', Antonia 'Toya' Carter seems to be living the good life: she has a beautiful home, good friends, and is pursuing her dreams in fashion design. But hers has been a life of peaks and valleys. Abandoned by her parents as a child, she was passed from family member to family member as her mother sank deeper into her drug

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On her hit television show 'Tiny and Toya', Antonia 'Toya' Carter seems to be living the good life: she has a beautiful home, good friends, and is pursuing her dreams in fashion design. But hers has been a life of peaks and valleys. Abandoned by her parents as a child, she was passed from family member to family member as her mother sank deeper into her drug addiction. Feeling unloved and unwelcomed, Toya fell into the arms of a 15-year-old rising musical star—Dwayne Michael Carter, known these days as the rapper 'Lil Wayne'-- and ended up pregnant at the tender age of 14.

In Priceless Inspiration, Toya takes the reader through the pain of being a teenage mother struggling to raise a child while still a child herself—without the benefit of the guidance of her own mother. Using the words she recorded in the journals she kept as a teen—and the wisdom she has gained in the years since—Toya bares her own struggles, using them to offer young women real and heartfelt understanding and advice about sex, relationships, motherhood and growing up.

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On her hit television show, Tiny and Toya, Antonia 'Toya' Carter seems to be living the good life. She has a beautiful home, good friends, and is pursuing her dreams. In spite of appearances, hers has been a life of peaks and valleys. Abandoned by her parents as a child, Toya was passed from one family member to another as her mother sank deeper into drug addiction. Feeling unloved and unwanted, Toya fell into the arms of fifteen-year-old rising musical star, Dwayne Michael Carter, known these days as rapper, Lil' Wayne. She ended up pregnant at the tender age of fourteen.

In Priceless Inspirations, Toya takes the reader on a journey through the pain of a teenage mother who struggles to raise a child while still a child herself—all without the benefit of guidance from her own mother. Using the words she recorded in journals she wrote as a teen and the wisdom she has gained in the years since, Toya bares her personal struggles. She poignantly uses her experiences to offer young women real and heartfelt understanding and advice about sex, relationships, motherhood and growing up.

— Farrah Gray

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780982702765
Publisher:
Farrah Gray Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
04/15/2011
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
517,971
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Co-star of BET's original series 'Tiny and Toya' and the ex-wife of platinum selling rapper Lil Wayne, Antonia 'Toya' Carter is a popular African American reality show celebrity. She is known by her fans for her famous relationship, but also for dealing candidly on her show with her struggles to raise the daughter she had when she was only 15 years old, as well as for her difficulties with her mother who is a recovering drug addict.

Cash Money/Universal Motown recording artist Lil Wayne, with well over ten millions in sales, unquestionable street credibility, criticall acclaimed, industry accolades, eight Grammy nominations, and four Grammy wins for his multi-platinum selling album The Carter III, has firmly laid to rest all doubt that he is anything less than the best rapper alive today. Wayne's silky flow, along with his uncanny ability to weave incredible metaphors and similes wrapped in taunt rhymes accented by witty punch lines, compel rap fans around the world to hang onto his every word whenever his records are being played.

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Priceless Inspirations 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 129 reviews.
fashionista113 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I believe Toya did a GREAT JOB!!! She gave readers an insightful view into her life and how those experiences helped make her a better person. I think every young girl should read it because it can help them see they are loved and are "priceless". Also to let them know that someone understands what they are going through in their lives.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a very good book for young girls and women to inspire them what to do and what not to do. To avoid making some of the mistakes she made that you won't have to go through or if you did make the same mistakes and you can relate to it and know that you're not alone. I love this book and hope she write another one. I took some of the things she said that touch me and incorporated it in my life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is really a GREAT BOOK!!!!! couldnt stop reading it!!!!!
poetress77 More than 1 year ago
I'm 34 yrs old, I've been there & done that. I just wanted to support Toya. I would most definitely let my daughters read this book when they get to be teenagers so they'll have certain questions answered that they might not ask me. I admire anyone that can tell their story. Very good book for teenagers & young women
Latoya Williams More than 1 year ago
I like Toya and proud that she was able to rise above her circumstances. However, as much as she claims to be over Dream aka Lil Wayne it felt like I was reading her diary and 70% was about her relationship with him. He even wrote the forward. I am glad they can remain friends but really! She does not like being referred too as his "baby mama" then stop mentioning him in every other paragraph. She will never develop her own identity constantly bringing him up. I would have preferred to hear more about her new love and less about wayne. There is nothing inspirational about her and wayne's relationship except when she got the courage to move on. That was the priceless inspiration in the entire book.
Myeassah Mc Morris Brown More than 1 year ago
My husband & I read this book in 3 hours. I have had a advise my sister to get this book for my niece.
Book_WORM_4Life More than 1 year ago
I thought this was awesome!! Toya really did a good job with this book I felt that is very inspiring to young girls as well as women my age ( mid 20's) the book gives very good advice on how to deal with certain situations as well as a good look into Toya's life. I think the overall lesson is that no matter where you come from and no matter what you have gone through, if you set your mind to it you can be successful in anything.
Sabrina Price More than 1 year ago
I havent read the book yet as I am in the middle of downloading!lol! I think that just from watching the show you have inspired a lot of people to want to get closer in their families. And if this book is as good as the show or as everyone says it is then I will most definetly be putting this on my daughters nook when she becomes of age. I dont agree with one of the post on here saying that your book would be a negative influence on the young ladies. I believe that if they have been giving the tools to know right from wrong then once they read your book they will get even more insight on different views young adult life. I think from everything I have seen on the show and from what I can read on here I think you are a good person and you just keep doing what you doing. Keep your head up mami #familyisforever.
Bonnie22LD More than 1 year ago
This book was outstanding many chapters and subjects reminded me of my teenage life growing up with my grandmother. My mother being an addict on crack, going to several houses bouncing back and forth with friends and family trying to find someone to love me through boys etc. flipflopin girls lovin myself my faith and many more I love how this book was so real like i felt like Toya was speaking directly to me and she kept it 1,000 GOD BLESS HER AND HER FAM ps. i didnt even get to the first page without crying haha what Dream wrote was real sweet =] and i dont even wanna say how many times i cried smh.. im glad she came out with a book cus man ppl are hella bored when they just bash her they dont even know what the hell goin on i member reading the other day that Toya broke up Memphiz or whatever his name is engagment and that he only wanted Toya for fame etc. smh Memphiz is doin pretty damn good on his own! I also read this book in a day thats how intriguing it was i set a goal and my goal was to finish this book within a day and i did just that. go on with your badself Antonia =] i would deffitley say whats up to you if i seen you around not bein a crazy fan neither just someone real.
Kimberly Mcfadden More than 1 year ago
Great book !
Keamber Booker More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! She is amazing!! I am so happy for her and Memphitz! GOD is blessing this woman and I know he will continue to do that ! Be blessed Toya.
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Not what I expected at allllllll! But I guess its an ok book to kill sometime!
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Toya captured everything
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Smh not at all what I expected to read ..it was more so recalling a timeline of bad events in her life rather than a story
DajaMaee More than 1 year ago
Extra, Extra Read All About It! I found it very easy to lose myself in this book. It kept me interested from beginning to end. When done with this book I couldn’t help but to go back and read it all over again. No book has ever had my entire attention. It was as though once I began I didn’t want to stop reading not even to sleep. Opening this book allowed me to feel as thought I was discovering a world that lead to the fascinating yet heart-felt story of Ms. Antonia “Toya” Carter, and her struggle between family, friendships, childhood, parenthood and many other life changing decisions. From chapter 1 the author got straight to the point about. Chapter 3 was where all the details were exposed. My favorite character was the author herself being that this book was indeed about her childhood. I believe her message was to yet young ladies of all ages to know that boys come and go and to NEVER let a boy or any male mislead you into doing things without being caution of the consequences. Therefore, I suggest this book to anyone interested in learning the truth about such a beautiful and successful woman.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very interesting book i would love to read more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She did the greatest job on the book. I read the book in one week, but the only that made me mad was that her editors did revise the book the had words missing out of it, and didnt like that, but its a great book and i give it 5 stars.......
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i loved this book with a passion.!! In this book Toya shared her life with all her struggles to all her accomplishments in life. This book to me is an inspiration to teens and young adults. This book it motivates people to do what that they think they can't do because of their circumstances.