With Friends Like These

With Friends Like These

Genre: Teen Fiction
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Year: 2007
ISBN: 1416525629
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About the Book

The third book in an exciting and inspiring new series from national bestselling author ReShonda Tate Billingsley

Only one girl will be chosen....

In the year since Camille, Alexis, Jasmine, and Angel joined Rachel Jackson's church youth group, the four best friends have bonded over boys, pitched in on community projects, and shared their deepest secrets. There's nothing they don't know about each other -- or is there? When a special guest arrives at Rachel's group and announces auditions for a television talk show, the girls will come to know a side of each other they never knew existed. And they may not like what they see.

Will the four friends become enemies?

The race to find the perfect host for KRCP's Teen Talks is heating up -- the competition is fierce, and so are the lies the girlfriends tell about each other in order to win the coveted spot. But more painful than any lies they can concoct is the cold, hard truth: none of them will reach their ultimate dreams if cutting each other down is how they choose to get ahead. Is winning a place in the spotlight worth losing their friendship?

Includes a reader's group guide!

Be sure to read the previous novels in ReShonda Tate Billingsley's fresh and fun series that looks at the Ten Commandments in a whole new light: Nothing But Drama and Blessings in Disguise -- now available!

ReShonda Tate Billingsley is a general assignment reporter for KRIV-TV, the Fox affiliate in Houston, Texas. She is the author of the nonfiction book Help! I've Turned Into My Mother! and three previous adult novels: My Brother's Keeper, for which she received the prestigious Gold Pen Award for Best New Author from the Black Writer's Alliance and the Nova Lee Nation Award from the Greater Dallas Writing Association; the national bestseller Let the Church Say Amen, chosen for Library Journal's Best of 2004 list for Christian fiction; and I Know I've Been Changed, a Main Selection of the Black Expressions Book Club. Her previous Christian teen novels are Nothing But Drama and Blessings in Disguise, both available from Pocket Books. She is also a contributor to the story anthology Have a Little Faith. Visit her website at www.reshondatatebillingsley.com.

The third in Billingsley's African American Christian Teen Fiction series that began with Nothing but Drama (2006), this continues the story of four high-school juniors who become close friends in an after-school Baptist church youth group called the Good Girlz. The girls discover they are "not good at all" when they compete to host a Teen Talks TV show. Desperate to be on the air, they cheat, lie, and betray each other, and they become bitter enemies. Each book in the series has one of the Ten Commandments as its theme, and this one's "Thou shalt not bear false witness." But there is no heavy preaching. Even readers new to the series will be caught up in the fast, funny contemporary talk and in the alternating first-person viewpoints about boyfriends, family, class ("those people who live in public housing"), and color. Quarrels, smart-mouthing, and payback make great drama, and then, so does saying sorry. Hazel Rochman Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
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