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Step to This

Step to This

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by Nikki Carter

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Fifteen-year-old Gia Stokes knows exactly what she needs to make her life fantabulous:

   • Get her mother Gwendolyn to let her relax her hair

   • Find a boy to ask her out

   • Get on the Hi-Steppers dance squad

Gia doesn't have the hair or the clothes, but she's got the


Fifteen-year-old Gia Stokes knows exactly what she needs to make her life fantabulous:

   • Get her mother Gwendolyn to let her relax her hair

   • Find a boy to ask her out

   • Get on the Hi-Steppers dance squad

Gia doesn't have the hair or the clothes, but she's got the moves and the attitude to make her sophomore year at Longfellow High unforgettable. But not everyone agrees, so Gia decides it's time for a makeover. With her stylish new look, she scores a date with hottie football player, Romeo, snags a spot on the Hi-Steppers dance squad, and makes a ton of new friends. Gia's on top of the world-until things go horribly wrong. Now Gia feels like all she has left is her mom and her faith. That's not going to stop Gia, she's just got to convince the Hi-Steppers and everyone else at school, to follow her lead and step to her beat.

"Step to This is hot, it's new, it's now. . .with characters that leap from the pages, it's absolutely a must-read." —Monica McKayhan, Essence bestselling author of Indigo Summer

"Filled with smart and witty characters, Step to This is a fun, fast-paced read teens will love." —Ni-Ni Simone, author of A Girl Like Me

"Nikki Carter steps up and delivers a home run with her debut novel, Step to This. It's a real winner." —Chandra Sparks Taylor, author of Spin It Like That and The Pledge

"Nikki Carter is a fresh, new voice in teen fiction! Step to This has it all—drama, humor, and a lesson that everyone can learn from. Full of fun-loving, unforgettable characters that readers will love, Nikki has written a page-turner that will leave the reader wanting more!" —ReShonda Tate Billingsley, author of The Good Girlz series

"Gia Stokes might be a Hi-Stepper, but this teen role model has both feet on the ground as she meets life's challenges with style and grace. Kudos to Nikki Carter for a great start in this fun and relevant teen series!" —Melody Carlson, author of The Carter House Girls, Diary of a Teenage Girl, TrueColors and The Secret Life of Samantha McGregor series

"Step to This is a wonderful, witty tale that is full of laugh-out-loud moments and great lessons." —Victoria Christopher Murray, National bestselling author of The Divine Divas series

"Fun, honest, and so for real . . . I loved Gia and cheered for her as she struggled to find where she fits with friends, family, and faith. Debut author Nikki Carter is now on my must-read list!" —Shelley Adina, author of the All About Us series

"Step to This has alluring characters, wonderful scenes, and a fascinating premise. Nikki Carter has a real talent for writing stories that deal with real issues, but are gripping to read by teens and adults alike." —Jacquelin Thomas, author of The Divine Series

Editorial Reviews

Anjeanette C. Alexander-Smith
Gia Stokes is a fifteen-year-old who is grounded in her faith and in her self-esteem. Her mother keeps her in line through church functions and tough love because she does not want Gia to become a teen mother. Gia has her head on straight with AP classes, an SAT high-frequency-word vocabulary, and creative dancing ability. But her identity and faith are challenged when she decides to try out for the Hi-Steppers dance team at her high school. As she claims one of the top spots in the group, Gia's popularity soars. Valerie, the leader of the Hi-Steppers, hooks Gia up with a makeover and a football player named Romeo. These changes cause Gia to lose touch with herself and her best friend, Ricky. She weaves a web of lies that puts her in a challenging position. Middle school and high school readers will enjoy this engaging page-turner! Reviewer: Anjeanette C. Alexander-Smith
Kirkus Reviews
Gia, a high-school sophomore, wants to improve her style, secure a spot on the Hi-Steppers dance squad and go on a date. These things are problematic to both her religious mother and her uncle, who happens to be the pastor of her church. With the encouragement of her fellow church youth-group member, Ricky, Gia secures a spot as an alternate with the dance troupe but her lack of style is holding her back. She manages to catch the eye of a star football player and finds herself rebelling against her mother's wishes and the mores of her church to have the experiences she craves. The novel is replete with African-American cultural references, and the church community is a major element in the plot. There are too many references to current entertainers and slang to give this a long shelf life, and the writing is just serviceable, with some of the characters verging on the cartoonish. However, the story is told with energy and humor and will appeal to those seeking a softer side to urban fiction. This is the first in the So For Real series. (Fiction. YA)

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Meet the Author

Nikki Carter has been a book-lover since she was in elementary school. Her favorite stories are fun, fresh, and full of drama. When she's not writing, Nikki enjoys reading, shopping, and hanging out by the pool. Nikki lives and loves in Dallas, Texas.

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Step to This 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
OOSABookClub More than 1 year ago
Gia Stokes was the girl who had it all - attitude, personality and confidence. But what she didn't have was the clothes or the hair like most girls in her high school. An outcast on the Hi-Steppers, a dance squad, Gia is elected for a makeover. A few different clothes, some straightened hair and as her popularity began to rise, Romeo, a guy from the football team, asks her out on a date. Could things be any better? However, her newfound friends and boyfriend are short-lived when she discovers that Romeo is after something. Betrayal is thick on the squad as she learns that Romeo wasn't acting alone. Luckily, Gia still has Ricky, her bff, her mom, even though she's evil, and God to see her through. "Step to This" by Nikki Carter is an empowering story. Girls between the ages of 11-14 can use Gia as an example. No matter what you look like, never change for anyone or anything, because in the long run, your true friends will always be by your side. Reviewed by: Marshae Teen Reviewer
UrbanLitQueen More than 1 year ago
"Step to This" is the first book in the So For Real series by Nikki Carter. This book is the 'softer side' of Urban Fiction for Middle and High School Students. Gia is a high spirited, Tweety t-shirt wearing, high-school sophomore. She's not in the in-crowd but popular within her own circle of friends. When her friend Ricky persuades her to try out for the High-Steppers dance team and wins a spot on the squad, her social life changes. She receives a style and hair makeover from one of the most popular girls in the school. Gia also receives adoration from her peers she has never received and enjoys it. Though Gia loves her new image and status at school, she clashes with her religious mother and uncle who is also the pastor of her church. After attracting the attention of the schools' star football player, she feels that she has been elevated to the 'elite' status in her school. To get out of the house to meet Romeo for their first date, Gia lies to her mother which goes against her mother's rules. During the date, Romeo tries to persuade Gia to have sex with him. When Gia refuses, Romeo becomes angry and leaves her stranded without a ride home forcing her to call her mother and her Deacon boyfriend to pick her up. What I really liked about 'Step to This' is the energy and humor of the characters. The other thing I liked about this book is the accurate description of what teens will do and say to fit in. Carter has captured the 'voice' of teens in 'Step to This' and this book is one that should not be missed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It very good and good dialog
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series because the stories are so easy to relate to considering Im a teenager.Nikki Carter please keep doing what you do ??
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
let's just say I had a good beginning and a good ending:)
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