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After a fight with her mother during her last year of high school, Vanessa leaves Philadelphia to take on the role of personal assistant to her cousin Tracy. 'Flyy Girl!' in Calfornia. Tracy's best-selling novel is an urban tale teen girls have been hiding from their parents. The book tells the story of many teens who view the book and Tracy as someone and something to aspire to. 'Flyy Girl', pushed Tracy into instant stardom with teens across America reading her book. Even those who generally read magazines were reading Tracy's novel cover-to-cover.
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Not everyone is thrilled with Tracy's success, including Vanessa's mom. The book, and Vanessa's need to get from under her mother's control and put-downs about her personality, give Vanessa the courage to move out of her mother's house. In California, she adapts to living with high-powered Tracy who is still in her mid-twenties. A Hampton University graduate, school-teaching was too mundane, and writing her history of growing up in Philly came easier. Vanessa is a good kid, who listens, watches, and learns. She has a pretty good feel of what she can do to help develop Tracy's book into something bigger. As Tracy writes her screen play script, Vanessa who is a good student, completes her senior year far from her hometown, and starts college in California.

In sunny Cali, far away from her mother's cold words and the familiarity of a neighborhood she'd grown up in, she makes friends who become her BFF's. Vanessa, Maddy, Alexandria, and Petula work with Tracy to start a membership club for other teens that yearn to be Flyy Girls. As materialistic as the name sounds, Tracy knew that it would give girls something they could claim as sisters in the movement to change the world. Patriarchy couldn't stop them, and neither could racist Hollywood. Not if things were packaged right. With Vanessa's help and her friends on board it would all happen soon enough.

Returning to Philly for ideas and to begin generating footage, Vanessa and her girls accompany Tracy by plane. The girls don't have as much freedom as they would like, because Tracy runs a tight ship. They check in via cell phone and are instructed to stay together at all times. While Tracy doesn't have to worry about Vanessa getting into trouble (she's back on her home turf) being away from California is new to some of her friends.

What Tracy doesn't count on is her brother and Alexandria falling for one another and picking up where they left things. Jason traveled with Vanessa to California to watch out for her when she left home for the first time. He'd returned to Philly and his college classes at Temple leaving Alexandria to her studies. Alexandria, didn't sweat him. On her first visit to Philly, they reconnected falling hard for one another and both their families thought they were moving too fast.

Vanessa's family assumed she was as interested in guys as her friend, they didn't know she was more concerned in making Flyy Girl an international name, by using skills from her marketing and media classes. Focused and mature for her age, she embodies a new type of Flyy Girl. One that isn't nearly as materialistic, and who is socially conscious. As the screen play script reaches completion, the all girl crew returns to California, and Vanessa meets a young man. She likes him. She's still a virgin and not real eager to give up her prize. Luckily for Anthony, he gets that. He's a college student and has been trying to meet up with the "new girl" from the East coast. They agree to take things slow and Vanessa likes his "slow groove" finding it refreshing.

It looks like Vanessa is ready for a new chapter in her life story.
Best part of story, including ending: I liked that Vanessa was so focused as a student and comitted to helping her cousin.

Best scene in story: My favorite scene was when Vanessa stood up to her mother and decided to take a chance on making it on her own. It takes a lot of courage to leave home before finishing high school.

Opinion about the main character: I liked Vanessa's drive and determination.,

The review of this Book prepared by C. Imani Williams a Level 13 Blue-Winged Teal scholar

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Black people in love    -   Yes

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   student Age/status:    -   20's-30's Sex makes him    -   confident If he's not white he must be...    -   black

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   student Effect of sexing    -   mature If she's not white she must be...    -   black


City?    -   Yes City:    -   Los Angeles

Writing Style

How explicit is the sex?    -   descript of kissing    -   Boob talk Focus of story    -   Her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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