Charly St. James knows drama. Her home life—wretched. Her trip from Chicago to New York—disastrous. But she’s about to put all that behind her. . . .
Charly’s been waiting forever to put her acting skills to work, and now she’s been cast on the reality show The Extreme Dream Team. In each episode, the show makes over some lucky person's life. Charly's feeling pretty lucky already—she's to play the sidekick to kind-hearted Annison, a former child star; gets to work with Liam, a delicious cutie who performs double duty as male co-star and eye candy; and Mason is finally her boyfriend for real. Then Annison gets sick and Charly has to step up. Suddenly she's TV's fave new It-girl and she’s on fire. But behind the scenes, someone is set on changing Charly’s life—and not for the better...
“Kelli’s stories are edgy and addictive. You won’t want the story to end.” —RM Johnson, author of Stacie & Cole
Praise For Kelli London
“An amazing tale that is sure to delight, teach, and intrigue teens everywhere!” —Ni-Ni Simone on Boyfriend Season
“Kelli reinvents the urban heroine—she’s cuter, smarter, fearless. Excellent read.” —Travis Hunter, author of On the Come Up
1. Sometimes a girl has to do what she has to do!
Charly had to fight for what she wanted—she
risked getting in trouble with her dad, who was
against her acting until school was out; she snuck
into the studio to fake-it-to-hopefully-make-it and
revealed the real Annison. Do you see anything
wrong with how Charly handled getting what she
wanted? Do you think there were other ways she
could’ve gone about it? How would you have
2. Discuss a time when you wanted something as
badly as Charly. What did you do and what was
3. Charly believed that life is what you make it, and
she never backed down or let anything deter her,
not even Stormy’s situation. How do you handle
life’s disappointments and obstacles?
4. Boys can be trouble, but they can also be good.
Mason seemed like a bad guy and Liam seemed
good. Do you think that Mason was really bad
and out to hurt Charly? Or was he a victim of the
circumstances that came with Charly’s stardom?
Do you think that Liam was really the good guy
or too good to be true?
5. In Reality Check we saw that family, whether biological
or chosen, is very important. Charly had
Lola, Smax, Bathsheba, Dr. Deveraux El and the
rest of Smax’s crew, and her life wouldn’t have
been what it was without them. How important is
family to you? Where would you be without them?
6. Charly’s dad seemed very rigid and didn’t appear
to be a supporter of her dreams. Do you think
that was really the case or was he just concerned
about her education and well-being?
7. When a teen doesn’t listen to their parents, they
can be labeled a problem child. Do you think
Charly was a problem child because she didn’t listen
to her father in the beginning of the book and
went after her dream without his permission? Is
there another way she could’ve handled it, even
after she knew she couldn’t talk him into it?
8. Almost every teenage girl has some sort of problem
with a parent. And Charly’s mother didn’t fit
the definition of mother at all. However, a mother
and daughter relationship is sometimes very important
to a girl’s life and self-view. Do you think
there’s a way for Charly to mend her relationship
with her mother? Should she?
9. Charly wanted stardom. Stormy wanted education.
What do you want?