The Good Girl's Guide to Getting Kidnapped

The Good Girl's Guide to Getting Kidnapped

by Yxta Maya Murray

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Overview

Kiki and Mish are best friends, but what Kiki doesn't know is that Michelle Pena was born a gang princess. ?Princess P? grew up destined to inherit leadership of the Snakes: a future filled with crime and fear.

Michelle, on the other hand, is a nationally ranked athlete and academic superstar. This is her new life, and she's finally put her past, and her childhood love for Silver?to rest.

Then Silver helps kidnap both girls, and Michelle has to figure out how to free them both, and reconnect with a future that might now be beyond her reach.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101196540
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 01/07/2010
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
File size: 375 KB
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Yxta Maya Murray is the author of five other novels. She is a professor at Loyola Law School and currently lives in Studio City, California.

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The Good Girl's Guide to Getting Kidnapped 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
59Square on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Judith says: Michelle Pena is Mexican American and is currently living with her foster father Frank in a more upscale neighborhood than Montebello where she was raised. Her father was killed by a rival gang, her mother is in jail and gang leader in her own right and her brother is in jail for robbery.Michelle is a very different girl from her gangster origins. She is doing well in school and is a terrific short distance runner. She is miles away from the gang princess she once was. Her desire to get away from her gang background is palpable and she seems almost manic in in her pursuit of escaping her past.Michelle is an interesting character. She is tough and her gangster ways come out every now and then. Michelle is not really ashamed of her past, she just wants something better for herself.Being kidnapped takes Michelle straight back to her old life. She finds she easily becomes the gangsta princess she was. Michelle agonizes over what she must do to save herself and her friend Kiki. Once they escape, she finds it is not so easy to go back to her old, new life. Michelle has made promises to her boyz, but she finds she has been accepted to the prep school she was wanting to get into so badly. How can she live in two worlds? She wants to be true to herself and the gang she is now ruling but can she give up a dream she had to live in another world. What will she decide to do? I do not know if Murray has any plans to finish up Michelle's story, but it would certainly be interesting to find out what she does. Trying to live in two worlds in not an easy thing to do, in fact it can be disappointing, heartbreaking and one that can leave some big holes in your life. Even if Michelle is only a literary character, I wish her luck.This novel is not sentimental and is very violent at times. Not knowing the gang culture, I assume that this is pretty realistic. Murray writes in such a way as to keep the reader interested and wanting to know what will happen to Michelle next. I think t his would be an excellent book for teen discussion groups. There are a number of levels that can be explored on Michelle alone. Her brother Samson and her old boyfriend Silver as well as Kiki are fascinating characters. They may not have been central characters but they held pivotal positions in how Michelle saw her two worlds. If you want a different kind of book to read, this would be the one.
YouthGPL on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Michelle Pena is Mexican American and is currently living with her foster father Frank in a more upscale neighborhood than Montebello where she was raised. Her father was killed by a rival gang, her mother is in jail and gang leader in her own right and her brother is in jail for robbery.Michelle is a very different girl from her gangster origins. She is doing well in school and is a terrific short distance runner. She is miles away from the gang princess she once was. Her desire to get away from her gang background is palpable and she seems almost manic in in her pursuit of escaping her past.Michelle is an interesting character. She is tough and her gangster ways come out every now and then. Michelle is not really ashamed of her past, she just wants something better for herself.Being kidnapped takes Michelle straight back to her old life. She finds she easily becomes the gangsta princess she was. Michelle agonizes over what she must do to save herself and her friend Kiki. Once they escape, she finds it is not so easy to go back to her old, new life. Michelle has made promises to her boyz, but she finds she has been accepted to the prep school she was wanting to get into so badly. How can she live in two worlds? She wants to be true to herself and the gang she is now ruling but can she give up a dream she had to live in another world. What will she decide to do? I do not know if Murray has any plans to finish up Michelle's story, but it would certainly be interesting to find out what she does. Trying to live in two worlds in not an easy thing to do, in fact it can be disappointing, heartbreaking and one that can leave some big holes in your life. Even if Michelle is only a literary character, I wish her luck.This novel is not sentimental and is very violent at times. Not knowing the gang culture, I assume that this is pretty realistic. Murray writes in such a way as to keep the reader interested and wanting to know what will happen to Michelle next. I think t his would be an excellent book for teen discussion groups. There are a number of levels that can be explored on Michelle alone. Her brother Samson and her old boyfriend Silver as well as Kiki are fascinating characters. They may not have been central characters but they held pivotal positions in how Michelle saw her two worlds. If you want a different kind of book to read, this would be the one.
peaceloveandpat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In all honesty, I wasn't sure I was going to finish this book. All the ghetto talk, slang words scared me a little and the whole gang scene was so Discover / History channel but as I flip through the pages it was a really interesting read.Michelle Pena was also known as Princess P (from the gang that she was born in back in Montebello), she tried to get away from them, for 2 years she was successful until her past finally catches up with her. She was doing so good. Got a best friend name Kiki, an aspiring film director. A Foster dad named Frank, a Bone Cancer Doctor and totally gay (I love him) and she's on her way to her dreams. Track Champ and she qualified for a scholarship called the Martin Luther King at the Y-Dub. But then the "Snakes" showed up - Lalo, Tha Force, Game, Midget, Earner? and her former boyfriend Silver lead by the despicable Dragon. Michelle and her best friend Kiki got kidnapped and was taken in a safe house by Palm Desert, they are keeping them as a hostage until King (her brother) tell them where the blood money is. I am glad that her mother is in jail she is terrible yet I kind of understand her need to toughen up Michelle to stay alive. But her logic? I will never understand it.It was a whole new take to YA urban fiction. Fresh, suspenseful, unique and an eye opner. The ending left you hanging though, will there be a sequel or did Murray leave it like that for the readers to make up the conclusion themselves? I recommend this book to 15 year old and up. Warning some languages might not be appropriate, PG is advised.
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Michelle has finally got her life on track and has a wonderful opportunity to get into a nice private school. She gets awesome grades and is even a great athlete. She has a terrific foster father and a super-duper best friend, Kiki - but she also has a past that refuses to let her go. I loved this book, which is a pleasant surprise because I didn't think I would! Ms. Murray really has done a great job with the language and settings for this. I was sucked in with the first page, just like a Hoover vacuum in a sandpile! There were times that I felt I was in the story, maybe even Michelle herself! It was just such a kick-butt book with lots of action and I really felt for Michelle. She was really struggling inside, even amid all the danger she and Kiki were in, just trying to figure out where she really belonged. The ending, however, left me with mixed feelings because it doesn't really end. It just sort of comes to a point and leaves it up to you to decide what you think happens next. I feel like it was left this way maybe because there is going to be a sequel. At least I hope so, anyhow, because it was so good!
peaceloveandpat More than 1 year ago
In all honesty, I wasn't sure I was going to finish this book. All the ghetto talk, slang words scared me a little and the whole gang scene was so Discover / History channel but as I flip through the pages it was a really interesting read. Michelle Pena was also known as Princess P (from the gang that she was born in back in Montebello), she tried to get away from them, for 2 years she was successful until her past finally catches up with her. She was doing so good. Got a best friend name Kiki, an aspiring film director. A Foster dad named Frank, a Bone Cancer Doctor and totally gay (I love him) and she's on her way to her dreams. Track Champ and she qualified for a scholarship called the Martin Luther King at the Y-Dub. But then the "Snakes" showed up - Lalo, Tha Force, Game, Midget, Earner? and her former boyfriend Silver lead by the despicable Dragon. Michelle and her best friend Kiki got kidnapped and was taken in a safe house by Palm Desert, they are keeping them as a hostage until King (her brother) tell them where the blood money is. I am glad that her mother is in jail she is terrible yet I kind of understand her need to toughen up Michelle to stay alive. But her logic? I will never understand it. It was a whole new take to YA urban fiction. Fresh, suspenseful, unique and an eye opner. The ending left you hanging though, will there be a sequel or did Murray leave it like that for the readers to make up the conclusion themselves? I recommend this book to 15 year old and up. Warning some languages might not be appropriate, PG is advised.