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The Kids at Latimar High

The Kids at Latimar High

4.5 16
by Deborah J. Copeland

Going to Lewis Latimar High used to be easy for Lauren O'Neil. As long as she stayed on the honor roll, got the juiciest stories for the school paper, and made sure her silky thick flip reigned amongst all the other girls at Latimar High, things stayed as smooth as a White Castles' vanilla shake until the day she got the assignment of a lifetime: to interview


Going to Lewis Latimar High used to be easy for Lauren O'Neil. As long as she stayed on the honor roll, got the juiciest stories for the school paper, and made sure her silky thick flip reigned amongst all the other girls at Latimar High, things stayed as smooth as a White Castles' vanilla shake until the day she got the assignment of a lifetime: to interview Kevin Johnson, Latimar's star quarterback, the finest boy in the Bronx, who was up for grabs by every girl in the school, including her best friend Rosalyn, who makes a move for Kevin. And in doing so, violates just about all of Lauren and her "Girlfriends' do's and don't codes to live by." In fact, as the competition heats up, Lauren breaks a few friendship codes herself. With a sudden bitter twist, life at Latimar High isn't as easy as it used to be.

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Midwest Book Review
The Kids at Latimar High is a novel for young adults following African-American high school student Lauren O'Neil, whose passions include earning her continuing place on the honor roll and tracking down the biggest scoops for the school paper. When she gets a hot assignment to interview Kevin Johnson, Latimar High's star quarterback and one of the handsomest young men in the Bronx, she's suddenly in competition with just about every girl in the school for his attention, including her best friend Rosalyn. But will vying for a cute boy cause her to transgress her "girlfriend do's and don't codes to live by," or even cost her all her female friends? A thoughtful novel about learning to balance complex social situations, especially recommended for school or public libraries that serve African-American communities.

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Whirlabout Publishers
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5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)
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13 - 18 Years

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The Kids at Latimar High 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Kiaaa More than 1 year ago
The Kids at Latimar High is one of my favorite books! I've read it atleast five times from cover to cover and I never get sick of it! It's that type of read you just can't put down! I love to read so I guess it doesn't sound like much for me to read but in all honesty this book is amazing! Mrs.Copeland writes with such a phenomenal,hilarious style that will keep you sucked into the lives of each of these amazing characters! Hope you all check it out and love it just as much as I do!
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Readergurl More than 1 year ago
Lauren and Rosalyn are true friends. They may have many differences, such as Lauren's quiet bookishness and Rosalyn's popularity, but they are close. So close in fact, they have a set of rules for their relationship. And so long as they both follow them, nothing can go wrong. Or can it? The Kids at Latimar High by Deborah Copeland will answer that question and more. Kevin is the star athlete at Latimar High and can have any girl he wants. Rosalyn is very interested in him and Lauren thinks that is cool. However, once Lauren, a school newspaper journalist, has to write about Kevin, she discovers that he is more than a jock and is quite interesting. But, what is she going to do about her girl, who is already smitten with Kevin? Will she step aside and allow Rosalyn her chance or will she decide that all is fair in love and war? Or, more importantly, will Kevin be interested in her, when Rosalyn is considered to be the pretty one. Lauren's decision can lead to peace or can lead to all out war. Ms. Copeland does a good job of allowing us to see how the teens deal with their issues and how they grow and learn from their experiences. What is also appealing is how their decisions impact those around them. I recommend this young adult novel to all teen readers who enjoy a well told story with the feeling of reality. Parents and other adults will also find The Kids at Latimer High an enjoyable, fun book. Angelia Menchan APOOO BookClub
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this book from a friend who kept buggin me to read it, so I did. And I was glad I did! Latimar High had me turning pages, the storyline kept me on my toes. Not only is it about two BF's who are diggin' the same guy and breakin' their GF rules, but the author goes deep into every character, even the main character's friends and exposes their issues. And these issues are real and deep. Problems that I myself, a teen, related to. I heard this book is a series, and I can't wait to read the next book called, "Summer Love, Pink Snowballs."
Guest More than 1 year ago
At first glance, THE KIDS AT LATIMAR HIGH seems to be another book about the ever present high school popularity contest, or who winds up with the hottie boyfriend. On closer inspection, though, you¿ll begin to see that the characters of Lauren, Rosalyn, Kevin, and all of their relatives and friends are actually well-drawn and three-dimensional teens with lives of their own. Lauren has always been the studious girl, more concerned with her grades and her job at the school paper than with her looks. Her best friend, Rosalyn, is exactly the opposite ¿ a pretty girl who likes attention, and uses that attention to get what she wants, which is usually the boy of the moment. Somehow the two girls have managed to stay friends, surviving the ups and downs of attending Lewis Latimar High. There¿s even a ¿Girlfriends¿ Do¿s and Don¿t Codes¿ for the girls to live by, which include such bits of wisdom as ¿Never size yourself up with your best friend.¿ Which is all well and good, except that sophomore year at Latimar High has just brought about a really big problem. Lauren finds herself attracted to football star Kevin Johnson, who just happens to be on Rosalyn¿s unwritten list of ¿boys I need to make my own.¿ But is Rosalyn the only one breaking the friendship rules? Both girls will have to figure out which is more important in the long run ¿ a good-looking, popular boyfriend, or a friendship that could last a lifetime. Although THE KIDS AT LATIMAR HIGH is geared towards African-American teens, it¿s a great read for anyone struggling to find the difference between what is right and what is easiest. Told in alternating points of view, this is an enjoyable, engaging tale that will have you anticipating the next book in the series when you¿re finished. **Reviewed by: Jennifer Wardrip, aka 'The Genius'
Guest More than 1 year ago
This new series,'Latimar High' was very refreshing.I fell in love with the characters instantly,especially, goof ball,Trinny, Kevin's man boy, and too pretty for her own good and spoiled rotten, Miss. Rosalyn Brown. The teen characters are very real and likeable. New author has something going here. Tangled in a web of teen romance drama with two best friends, Lauren and Rosalyn dissing girl friends's codes, the story line is meaty with raw teenage growing pains in both the main characters and secondary characters. Worth the read. I look forward to reading the next book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I checked out this book at St.Petersburg Public Library. I liked it so much that I decided to buy it! It's a really good book about real teens and the problems that we go thru...I loved L&R and The Girlfriends' do's and don't codes. This book should made into a movie. I can't wait until the second book comes out! ~Erica, 10th grader, St. Petersburg, FL
Guest More than 1 year ago
New teen book sizzles with coming of age drama...down to earth and funny. Great read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What¿s up peeps? My moms brought me this book Latimar High¿I don¿t like to read a lot, but this book was allright, like it was real cool¿It had me hooked. There¿s relationship drama up the ying-yang, and football fights. This book has a lot to say about friendship. Latimar High is tight.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Kids At Latimar High-- An addicting novel about the day to day drama of your average highschool teenagers. I highly reccomend this book to any highschool student. It's one you won't want to miss out on!
Guest More than 1 year ago
New teen novel is lively as it is comtemporary...The author does an excellent job with characterization...Any teen can relate to the characters in the story. Best friends, Lauren and Rosalyn, from two different cliques compete for the attention of popular football player, Kevin Johnson. The girls end up breaking their special 'Girlfriends' do's and don't codes' throughout the story. (pretty clever) I highly recommend this new novel to teens, tweens, and fans of teen books. What more can I say it's--- A fresh and entertaining coming of age story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the story line. I couldn't put the book down. I can't wait for the sequel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This new novel sizzles with coming of age teen drama. Two best friends, Lauren & Rosalyn are caught up in a compettion for the same popular guy at school. In the process they end up breaking these special 'girlfriend do's and don't codes'. There's a great message in the story: Loyalty and Respect when it comes to friendship.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I normally don't read childrens books however, I purchased this book at Barnes and nobles one fine mourning for my 15 year old daughter. Ofcourse as pre-teens are proan to do they become very distracted. She never read the book. At first i was mad but something told me to save a trip back to barnes, and endulge myself in a young adult novela. As I further my reading i was consumed with the story. This is by far the most entertaining young adult novel iv'e ever read. I recommened this book to anyone who enjoys reading. Two thumbs way Way Up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hip and Refreshing is how I would describe this book. The characters are sooo real. It was like I knew them personally. It's what every teen girl needs-- 'Girlfriend do's and don't codes' when it comes to BOYS and FRIENDSHIP.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book,especially the 'the girlfriends do's and don't codes' Lauren and Rosalyn, two best friends in the book, had for each other. It reminded me of my best friend and me! We girls all need 'rules' when it comes to boyfriends LOL...I really like the cute boy characters..The author kind of left me hanging on what will happen to Trinny. He was my favorite boy character. I can't wait for the second book to find out!