|aYou don't even know me : |bstories and poems about boys / |cSharon G. Flake
|aNew York : |bJump at the Sun, |c2010
|a195 p. ; |c22 cm.
|aTow-Kaye just learned that the love of his life is pregnant--and though he knows what the right thing to do is, he's scared to death to do it. Jeffrey hates having a mom who dresses like a teenager, but when another sexy mommoves in next door--well, that's a different kind of problem. In these and twenty-two other short stories and poems, readers plumb the inner lives of African American teenage boys
|aYou don't even know me -- Scared to death -- Just say it -- Gettin' even -- People might not understand -- Fakin' it-- Dying before I'm done -- Sixteen -- Fat man walking -- Stuck with me -- The same old thing -- Don't read this -- Messages -- I'm not supposed to -- Girls make you weak -- Look -- Chocolate cinnamon beige -- Infected -- So she's white -- My hood -- Words to the world -- I apologize -- Pretty mothers are a problem -- Open your eyes -- If you need to talk to someone (teen helplines)
I sit in your classI play by the rulesI'm youngI'm flyI'm black.In 9 stories and 13 poems, Sharon G. Flake gives readers insight into the minds of a diverse group adolescent African American males. There's Tow-Kaye, getting married at age 17 to love of his life, who's pregnant. He knows it's the right thing to do, but he's scared to death. James writes in his diary about his twin brother's terrible secret, which threatens to pull James down, too. Tyler explains what it's like to be a player with the ladies. In a letter to his uncle, La'Ron confesses that he's infected with HIV. Eric takes us on a tour of North Philly on the Fourth of July, when the heat could make a guy go crazy. Still, he loves his hood. These and other unforgettable characters come to life in this poignant, funny and often searing collection of urban male voices.