Keeping It Real
Keeping It Real is a relatable tale written by Paula Chase. It’s about Mari, a privileged young Black girl who has always helped her friend Justice to make friends and get good things at their private school. She may be one of the few Black kids in her grade but she fits in with the rich kids at school, while Justice is a scholarship kid.
This summer things are going to change, however, as Justice gets accepted to a program called Style High, which is intended to support and promote Black kids who are interested in fashion design and styling. It is hosted by a company owned by Mari’s parents. Mari knows that Justice wants her to let him do his own thing and not get any special treatment, but she decides to do the exact opposite in an effort to help her friend.
This book would be perfect for teenagers and young adults. It includes many things associated with Black culture, which makes it relatable to teens and younger adults. Keeping It Real might be riveting to others but some of the concepts and topics it touched on did not capture my attention like they might that of older readers. This book is definitely better suited for older teens.
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