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The Keysha Diaries, Volume One

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The Keysha Diaries, Volume One

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Do you know Keysha Kendall?Enter the world of the Keysha and Friends series--for the first time, the two original stories in this compelling series are collected into one special volume.Keysha's...More
Do you know Keysha Kendall?Enter the world of the Keysha and Friends series--for the first time, the two original stories in this compelling series are collected into one special volume.Keysha's...More
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  • Do you know Keysha Kendall?

    Enter the world of the Keysha and Friends series--for the first time, the two original stories in this compelling series are collected into one special volume.

    Keysha's Drama

    Sixteen-year-old Keysha Kendall is a judge's signature away from foster care when she's sent to live with the father she never knew. Suddenly she has her own room in his big fancy house, a high-powered stepmother and a popular half brother who can introduce her to all the right people at her new school. But Keysha can't forget where she came from and she won't let anyone else, either. Why should her father and his perfect family have it so easy when she and her mother had it so hard? So Keysha hooks up with a rough crowd and does whatever she wants...until what she wants changes really fast....

    If I Were Your Boyfriend

    How has Keysha gone from popular to social outcast? A girl she thought was her friend planted drugs on her, and Keysha got caught. Now all of the negative attention has turned everyone against her. At school, Keysha is stared at and whispered about, no one will talk to her, and the girl who ruined Keysha's reputation just laughs in her face. So when a guy with his own bad rep offers to help, Keysha has doubts. However, she soon realizes that Wesley Morris is more than just a hot guy--he is someone who has turned his own life around. Still, her family doesn't want him anywhere near Keysha. But Wesley isn't willing to walk away. He'll even risk everything to prove Keysha's innocence...and save their relationship.

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    No matter how hard I tried to get Ronnie's attention he wouldn't look at me. He avoided eye contact by toying with the ring tones on his cellular phone. His unwillingness to look me in the eye and speak directly to me annoyed me. Ronnie was seventeen and stood about five foot nine inches tall. He had brown skin just like mine and wore his hair French braided. That day he was wearing an oversize white T-shirt, baggy Sean John jeans and what appeared to be a new pair of Nike Air Force One gym shoes. We were standing on the sidewalk in front of the apartment building that he lived in with his mother. In the distance I heard the thud of music from a trunk amp bouncing against the air. Ronnie is my boyfriend, or should I say was my boyfriend until I caught him snuggled up with some girl inside of a movie theater. When I saw him and the other girl I decided to play it cool at first, you know, just to make sure that I wasn't overreacting. I discreetly positioned myself in a seat directly behind them so that I could keep a close eye on them. No sooner than the lights went down, Ronnie took off his jacket, hooked it around her shoulders and began kissing her. That's when I lost it. Before I could even think rationally, I began attacking them both. I slapped him on the head and pulled her hair. It wasn't long before two movie theater ushers rushed in to stop my assault as well as ask me to leave. At the time I didn't give Ronnie a chance to explain what was going on and who the girl was. To be honest, I really didn't care who she was. All I knew was that my boyfriend, who had told me at least twenty times he loved me the night before, wasn't acting like it.

    The movie theater incident happened weeks ago. I hadn't seen or heard from Ronnie since that time because I had to move away due to a load of family drama that was going on in my life. During the time I was away, I cried a lot partly because of the situation my family was in and partly because I really missed Ronnie. Now that I'd returned to my old neighborhood, I thought for sure Ronnie had missed me at least a little. I also wanted to give him a chance to explain himself as well as see if we could forget about what happened in the past and start over. Besides, I'd heard that he was no longer with the girl he'd been caught cheating with.

    I tried once again to get Ronnie to acknowledge me. When our eyes finally met, I could tell he wanted me to disappear and forget that we ever had anything meaningful.

    "Why did you even come around here looking for me?" he snapped at me as if the very sight of me irritated him like a bad skin rash.

    "Don't you bark at me like that," I shouted back at him. "I thought you'd missed me and I wanted to give you a chance to explain yourself. So, what happened between us, Ronnie?" I asked straight out.

    "I've already told you. It's over between us. You're playing too many games, girl. I'm just not into you anymore."

    "But why? What did I do?"

    "You're crazy for starters," Ronnie said and then was silent for a long moment as I waited for him to elaborate. "Look, you just need to forget you even know me. In fact, just erase my name and face out of your memory."

    "How can you say that to me? After all we've been through? You told me you loved me and no matter what we'd be together. You promised me, Ronnie, you promised me that you'd never hurt my heart." I raised my voice at him. I couldn't help it because my heart was hurting. It didn't matter that we hadn't seen each other in two months, my heart was still broken and I wanted an explanation.

    "Look, girl!" he said,...

About the Author-
  • Earl Sewell attended Columbia College in Chicago where he studied screen and fiction writing. Earl's YA novels in his Keysha and Friends series have made him a librarian and teen fan favorite. He currently resides in South Holland, Illinois, and is working on his next novel.

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