Fifteen-year-old Kendra James' life begins to spiral out of control with the return of her long-lost runaway sister Meisha, and the visit of a young celebrity uncle with questionable intentions. Things take a particular turn for the worse when that uncle exploits Kendra's loneliness and untreated depression and makes a move on her that sends her world into a tailspin from which she's not sure she'll ever recover. Will she survive this tragedy...or will she hit rock-bottom before anyone even notices?
~An Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Semi-Finalist~
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About the Author
By day (and under her legal name), Kamichi Jackson is the Founding Director of the Mock Office High School Program, a weeklong in-classroom virtual workplace readiness experience for teens. By night she writes creative fiction. In addition to K My Name Is Kendra, she is the author of an eBook entitled Where Present Meets Past (originally available as part of the now-defunct Amazon Shorts Program), the middle reader book You're Too Much, Reggie Brown, a forthcoming adult novel entitled The Brownstone, two unproduced screenplays, and several short stories. KJ has made numerous appearances in support of her work, among them the Baltimore Book Festival. The South Norwalk, Connecticut native currently resides in Northern Virginia with family.
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K My Name Is Kendra based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
This book gives us a look inside the mind of fifteen-year-old Kendra, an aspiring author whose poem brings her mental state into question. Then, the sudden reappearance of her sister Meisha, after a ten-year absence, brings a long-standing family mystery to the fore. Meanwhile, Kendra must learn to cope with her mother's rigid rules, a mix-up with her friend Nita, the persistent attention of cute Deondre, a close call with one of her brother's associates, unwanted advances from her uncle, and the family conflict resulting from Meisha's return. The one thing keeping her grounded is her writing sessions with her English teacher. But things will have to get worse before they can get any better. Kendra has an authentic teenage voice and displays just the right amount of naivety for her age. You often feel like grabbing her by the shoulders, shaking her, and saying, "What were you thinking!" And then giving her a hug and asking her why she didn't talk to anyone about it. I just wish we got the chance to read the poem that started it all. Even though she hints at having suicidal thoughts, Kendra doesn't seem to have any problems until after the initial scene. An emotional look at family secrets and the damage they can cause. Includes reading group discussion questions at the end. Warnings: sexual references, sexual assault (not explicit). I received this book in return for an honest review. Full blog post (3 April): https://booksdirectonline.blogspot.com/2017/04/k-my-name-is-kendra-by-kamichi-jackson.html
K My Name is Kendra is an emotional rollercoaster of a book, with a heart-breaking storyline and a heroine you can’t help but root for, and whose tragic circumstances make you want to hug her and not let go. Kendra is a fifteen-year-old girl whose life spirals out of control due to the return of her runaway sister Meisha, and the visit of a young celebrity uncle with questionable motives. Kendra feels like a very realistic character, painfully honest in the way she thinks about herself and the people surrounding her, a little bit naive which is not unusual at that age, but most importantly, a lot stronger than she gives herself credit for. The writing is captivating and easy to get lost in, and before long, I found myself part of Kendra’s world. I recognized a lot of my younger self in Kendra and the way she saw the world. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
I love it