Simone, Ni-Ni. If I Was Your Girl. New York: Dafina Books, 2008. Print. ISBN 13: 9780758228413. Paperback. $9.95.
Annotation: Toi McKnight is a seventeen-year-old new mom struggling to make ends meet and stay in school with no time for drama. But when she starts to fall for Harlem, she has to decide if the risk is worth the reward.
You can either play your position or change your position.
Toi McKnight is stuck between a rock and a hard place. She’s seventeen and trying to balance working, her senior year of high school, and being a new mother. Not to mention her son’s no-good father who is causing her nothing but unwanted drama. So when she meets an attractive and refreshingly kind new guy named Harlem, Toi decides to change her position and be happy for once.
There’s only one problem: Harlem has a rule about dating teen mothers – he won’t.
How long can Toi continue her romance with Harlem before he finds out what her life is really like? And why should she hide it? Toi’s not ashamed of her son, but she knows that not everyone is willing to sign up for the life she’s living. Toi is learning to be self-reliant but it’s not easy, and it becomes even tougher when she can’t stop herself from falling for Harlem.
Quotables: “I don’t know about you, but I’m depending on me to get what I need to succeed in life.” -Seven (pg 96)
YOUR OPTIONS: If I Was Your Girl is available in print and eBook formats.
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