Life sucks. Big time. But guess what? I’ve got a dream no one can kill, and I’ve been planning how to make it come true.
Charly’s holdin’ it down—she’s got the attention of Mason, the new cutie around the way, she’s setting the style for her crew, and if you get in her way, she’ll mush you. Despite her frontin’, her game is shaky—she’s got no phone, no ride, and she’s living on the outskirts of Chicago. Even worse: she’s got a dream-killing mother and has to work part-time to help pay the bills. But Charly’s got a plan to rise above it all—using the acting skills she’s honed over the years to save face around the haters. All she’s got to do now is get to New York without dropping the ball on making her and Mason official.
But between the most messed up travel plans ever and a bunch of broken promises, Charly’s got a long journey ahead of her. That’s okay, ’cause nothing will stop her, not even the biggest challenge of all that’s waiting at her destination….
“Kelli reinvents the urban heroine—she’s cuter, smarter, fearless. Excellent read.” —Travis Hunter, author of On the Come Up
Praise For Kelli London
“Kelli’s stories are edgy and addictive. You won’t want the story to end.” —RM Johnson, author of Stacie & Cole
“An amazing tale that is sure to delight, teach, and intrigue teens everywhere!” —Ni-Ni Simone on Boyfriend Season
A READING GROUP GUIDE
1. At age sixteen Charly moved away from home to
fulfill her dreams and better herself. Considering
the situation, was she too young? Why/why not?
2. Charly and Stormy were very close. Did Charly
betray her sister by leaving her in such a bad situation
or did she do the right thing by going ahead
and paving the way for them both?
3. Theft is theft, and no one has the right to steal
from another person, not even that person’s parent.
Should Charly have turned in Brigette to the
cops for stealing her money or was she right in
giving Brigette a pass because she’s her mother?
4. Brigette and Grandma Anna stole from Charly,
and neither woman was right for doing so. However,
Charly jumped a turnstile (which is considered
stealing from the transit system) and “saved”
Marlow, the dog that rightfully belonged to someone
else despite what the original owner had
planned for Marlow’s life. Was Charly wrong or
did the circumstances demand it and, therefore,
change immoral into moral?
5. Why do you think Charly lied to Mason so much?
Is lying ever appropriate? Why/why not?
6. Have you been in an overwhelming situation that
caused you to become tongue-tied and/or lie about
your actions to make you fit in? Is there ever a
good reason to become or pretend to be something
7. Charly encountered some colorful people on her
journey and learned that some people aren’t necessarily
who you believe them to be. However,
Charly was lucky. Her desperateness could’ve led
to danger. Could Charly have formed a safer
8. There’s an old cliché that when things seem too
good to be true, they usually are. Where and how
did this cliché fit into Charly’s journey, and how
could she have learned from it earlier?
9. Charly has trust issues. She couldn’t trust her
mother, the characters who “helped” her out on
her journey, or, oftentimes, her own judgment. Do
you think she’ll be able to trust her father? Would