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Beware Of Boys: Charly's Epic Fiascos Vol. 4

Kelli London

ISBN 9780758287014
Publish Date 1/28/2014
Format Trade Paperback
Categories KTeen Dafina, Young Adult
List Price: $9.95

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Q: Beware of Boys seems to be a story more about girls than boys, so why the title?

A: Beware of Boys is appropriately named I think, although one of the underlying themes is about girls. Charly and just about every girl at one time in her life or another will have to beware of boys or some other temptation/distraction on some scale. However, being cautious is not always related to the negative. At times, we must be cautious of things or people that may tempt us to stray from our own interests or path—from being who we are. So in the book, Charly was there to focus on helping girls. If she had done just what she was sought out by the boys to do, would have neglected helping in a different, yet equally important capacity. Also, if she had given in to the temptation of the boys and their requirements and wants, she would’ve been sidetracked and a different set of girls would have lost out. I guess you can look at the words beware and aware as interchangeable in this story.

Q: Why the focus on girls as one of the underlying themes of Beware of Boys when the story has so many hot guys in it?

A: As Charly progresses throughout the series she’s always surrounded by guys. Good ones, bad ones, attractive ones, appealing ones—you name it. However, another thing Charly has encountered is cattiness, and she’s been mistreated and misjudged because of it, which I believe is something many teen girls deal with on a daily basis. In Beware of Boys, the girls had to stand up and show out, form a bond and a sisterhood that is needed in society. Not all girls are catty, and no girl should have to put up with cattiness. If boys can recognize how beautiful girls are from the inside out, I want girls to be able to do so as well.

Q: Charly represents girls from both sides of the tracks; she’s a part of the Haves and the Have-Nots. Born and reared in an unstable environment devoid of parental interest and support, she’s now financially stable, can have just about anything she wants, and is loved and accepted everywhere she goes. However, in Beware of Boys she just can’t seem to let her past go. Isn’t it unhealthy to focus on the negative?

A: Remembering who you are and where you’ve come from is important, and in Charly’s case, proves to be very healthy for her present and future. Just because a person comes from less than ideal circumstances doesn’t mean their present and future has to reflect the same. Sometimes our past can be used for the energy that’ll get us through the rough times; it can fuel us to change our lives and the lives of others, just like Charly did in Beware of Boys

Q: In Beware of Boys, we meet five guys; three gorgeous, rich and famous ones, and two with sketchy pasts, who are all remarkably connected, but different from one another. Charly amazingly connects with them all, and even protects the sketchiest of the five in the book’s opening by not alerting the authorities. Did she protect him because of her past? Did Charly make the statement, “snitches get stitches” because she was a product of her environment, and didn’t believe in calling the cops?

A: Charly connected with just about everyone in the book because she knows who she is and remembers where she hails from. That’s what makes her so special in all the books—her ability to connect. Her statement had more to do with her not wanting to miss out on the concert that night than any allegiance to street rules. Also, the guy hadn’t hurt her or committed any crime.

Q: Charly could have had any of the three hot celebrity guys for her boyfriend, but she refused to take the bait. Was it because of her feelings for Liam? Will she and Liam ever really become official?

A: Hot guys come and go and that may be truer for celebrities. Charly, though famous, had a hard time seeing herself as anything other than the girl next door, and all of her pseudo relationships/crushes reflected her beliefs…plus, she wasn’t big on groupies or having that image. She did genuinely care for Liam and that kept her grounded, which may contribute to her officially becoming his girlfriend. What do you think? Should she?

Reality TV stardom gets way too personal for Charly St. James when three of the world's hottest heartthrobs want her to be their dream come true...

Now that Charly's a star, she wants to give back any way she can. So she's made The Extreme Dream Team's newest mission to help three sizzling celebs' charitable foundation build a super swanky retreat for teen girls who've battled an illness. But keeping things running smoothly is next to impossible when too many ideas--and egos--collide. . .

Handsome singer Mēkel is dazzling Charly with a chance to join the glitterati. Boxer Lex has powerful hood moves and charm she can't resist. And hanging around movie heartthrob Faizon has Charlie feeling movie magic. The harder Charly struggles to keep things on track, the more they're coming apart--especially when her kinda boyfriend and co-star, Liam, starts competing for her attention. Now, Charly needs to figure out fast what--and who--she really wants most. . .

Praise For Kelli London

"London's entertaining series is a lot of fun. . .plenty of wild fiascos." --RT Book Reviews on Reality Check

"A fizzy and warmhearted take on teen stardom." --Kirkus on Reality Check

Discussion Questions

1. Charly literally had boy trouble. Every problem she encountered involved either a guy or someone whom she thought was a guy. Because Charly was the common denominator in each problem, could Charly possibly have been the real problem?

2. As a reality television star, Charly has received much, and therefore was driven to give much, even if it meant sacrificing her dream of getting another reality show. Have you ever wanted to help a person or cause so badly that you’d sacrifice your dreams? Discuss.

3. Charly will do just about anything to get what she wants, including “bending” the truth, hiding things from the adults in her life, and twisting someone’s arm (i.e. holding something against someone to make them deliver). Though we know right from wrong, were her actions justifiable? Is there ever a reason to use bad to make good things happen?

4. Charly was surrounded by some of the hottest guys on the planet, and was tempted by their looks and star power. However, she kept her eyes on the bigger picture—getting a place of refuge for girls— and that required strength. Do you think you could’ve done the same?

5. In Beware of Boys, we met Charlie, a young teenage mother, who was enrolled in community college. It was clear her life was a struggle, yet she still pursued her education. Other than educational and financial setbacks, what do you think are some other problems that come with teenage pregnancy and parenting?

6. Charlie, the young teenage mother, implied a sort of prejudice against certain communities being broadcasted by saying reality shows don’t showcase “real” everyday people or “at risk” communities, and Charly readily agreed. Do you think their assessment is true? Do you see all communities showcased on your television screen? If not, why?

7. Charly, though a good girl, consorted with excriminals to help her achieve her dream, and put herself at risk to get what she wanted. Do you think Charly was too trusting when she was alone with Coop? Was she herself a criminal by “allowing” him to break into Faizon’s house or “borrowing” Faizon’s car?

8. “Disease \diz-‘e¯ z\ (adjective) An impairment of the normal state of the living animal or plant body or one of its parts that interrupts or modifies the performance of the vital functions, is typically manifested by distinguishing signs and symptoms, and is a response to environmental factors (as malnutrition, industrial hazards, or climate), to specific infective agents (as worms, bacteria, or viruses), to inherent defects of the organism (as genetic anomalies), or to combinations of these factors.”—Merriam Webster Dictionary

Me¯kel, Faizon, and Lex viewed illness according to what they’d been exposed to (diagnosed medical issues), and Charly believed illness to include mental, emotional, and physical suffering, such as being down and out, a victim of an unstable home, low self-esteem, etc. What’s your take? Should all the above be considered because some other “unseen” ailments cause disease in a person?

About Kelli London:

Kelli London, aka Kells, has been writing since she was six years old. She’s pro anything that uplifts girls (ok, boys too), is a mentor for A Dream Inc. (a non-profit organization for teens), and creator of Kelli Girls’ Pearls—gems for a girl to live by: Positive Affirmations & Daily Quotes. She lives in The Moment, is a social butterfly (social networking and newsletter butterfly too), has a passion for education, reading, writing, running, chocolate, life and, of course, her readers.

Photo Credit: Marion Saunders

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