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The Fight Essay

Sixteen-year-old Jayd Jackson is nobody’s fool. Street-smart, book-smart, and life-smart, she knows when somebody’s trying to jack her, or just plain play her–even someone as fine as her (ex) man KJ. And she knows how to survive the streets of Compton. The girl’s got it going on. What she doesn’t know is how to play the game at South Bay High, aka Drama High, a white school in Los Angeles where the kids keep looking at Jayd like she’s going to steal one of their rides.

And that’s just the beginning of the drama that’s about to play out. After a summer of bliss kicking it with KJ, Jayd returns to South Bay High for what she hopes will be a drama-free year. But her first day back, Jayd finds her former best friend, Misty, is out to get her, KJ–after dumping her–is being a bigger punk than ever, and his new girlfriend, Trecee, is looking to knock Jayd out. With the sistah drama at an all-time high, Jayd, with a little help from Mama and her mystical bag of tricks, is about to learn who’s really got her back and, more importantly, when she’s got to watch it.Read for a genre study on teen urban fic.

I know this series is super-popular with some teens, but I really couldn’t get past the fact that the narrator repeatedly referred to sex as “giving up the cookies.” To make things worse, during a conversation on unprotected sex, one of her girlfriends tells her that having sex without condom will “make your cookie crumble.” True story.


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