Who Am I Without Him?: Short Stories About Girls and the Boys in Their Lives

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There is "The Ugly One," whose only solace comes when she is locked inside her own head. In "Wanted: A Thug," a teenager seeks advice on how to steal her best friend's bad-guy boyfriend. And then there's Erika, who only likes white boys. Sharon Flake takes readers through the minds of girls trying to define themselves while struggling to remain relevant to the boys in their lives. This is a complex, often humorous, always on-point exposition of black youth resolving to find ...
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Overview

There is "The Ugly One," whose only solace comes when she is locked inside her own head. In "Wanted: A Thug," a teenager seeks advice on how to steal her best friend's bad-guy boyfriend. And then there's Erika, who only likes white boys. Sharon Flake takes readers through the minds of girls trying to define themselves while struggling to remain relevant to the boys in their lives. This is a complex, often humorous, always on-point exposition of black youth resolving to find self-worth . . . any way they know how.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780786806935
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Lexile: 650L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.72 (d)

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Sharon Flake
Sharon G. Flake won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award for her first novel The Skin I'm In and is a two-time Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book winner. Beloved by children and adults, critics and booksellers, librarians and teachers, she is the author of a middle-grade novel and five books for young adults that have sold more than half a million copies. The mother of a college-age daughter, Flake writes full-time from her home in Pittsburgh. To learn more about Ms. Flake, please visit www.sharongflake.com.
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  • Posted January 11, 2011

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    Stories That Teach Valuable Lessons

    This collection of short stories addresses issues teenagers face in a very real way. I looked over the Table of Contents before I began to read and wondered which story I'd like the most. After reading "Jacobs' Rules", which teaches a very important lesson about relationships, I thought I found it. But "A Letter to My Daughter" turned out to be my favorite. It took a lot of courage for Alicia's absentee father to write this letter; teaching her about boys, and, more importantly, admitting he fell short when he was with her mother. Any girl who receives a letter like this from her dad, absentee or not, has a dad who truly loves her, and she should certainly heed his advice. The author did a good job with these stories; some sad, and others thought-provoking or entertaining. Whether male or female, teens should read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2009

    A great book.

    This is a great book. I would recommend it to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2008

    Sharon Flake

    I think that Sharon Flake is a very Good writer All The books she've written have been about the things we gon through or maybe even what were going through now. I think all age groups should be able to realate to these Sharon flake Books.Once again Sharon Has Came Out with another outstanding book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2006

    Outstanding The Future

    This is one of the best books I have ever read. This book is a Coretta Scott King award winning book. The book is mostly about teens who are having trouble and are making there ways through life.There are many chapters in the book. A few of my favorites are: Dont Be Disrespecting Me,So i aint no good girl,and, I no a stupid boy when i see one. My two favorite characters were E, who was on death road but was kind and sweet,and a girl named Ona, who E had a crush on.Those are the main characters in the chapter (dont be disrespecting me)You should buy the book to see what happens with Ona,E,and Noodles in that chapter. I would tell you about the rest of the chapters, but I would like for you to go out and either borrow or buy the book. The reason I have a affct on this story is because i am a teen who have been through many things and this book can relate to me,this book is not only for troubled or sunserious teens, but it is for people who also have situations in there lifes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2005

    truth about life

    I think that this is a great book. I love the way she describes the life lessons and how she says the truth instead of trying to hide anything. this is a book every female should read!!!! Her books are an inspiration to many teens around the world

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2005

    this was a great book

    this was a good book my family had me read the book because they said they i needed to see what boys are like some of these stories i can relate to and some i have seen by my friends the best two that i liked was 'i know a stupid boy when i see one' and Jacobs's rules'. and i dont even like reading

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2005

    I want to read this one!!!

    i read money hungry and begging for change so i bet this would be just as good!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2004

    SHE HAS DONE IT AGAIN!!!!!!!

    ONCE AGAIN SHE HAS WRITTEN ANOTHER GREAT BOOK. I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH!! THESE STORIES THAT SHE HAS WRITTEN REALLY DESCRIBES WHAT MOST OF US TEENS GO THROUGH. I COULD REALLY RELATE TO SOME OF THE STORIES IN THIS BOOK.

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