|Author First Name:||Stephanie Perry|
|Author Last Name:||Moore|
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|Series:||Payton Skky Series|
|Target Age:||16 and up|
|Issue: Self Image:||None|
|Issue: Spiritual:||Love for others|
|Summary:||Should whites and blacks even hang out together, let alone get into relationships, let alone get married? That's the question Payton is wrestling with. Her cousin is mixed race - her aunt is black, her uncle is white. Her ex-boyfriend gets pulled over for what she calls "DWB" Driving While Black, something that is obviously a crime in the mind of the police officer who pulls them over. Then her other ex-boyfriend starts wrestling with the issue too. Payton isn't sure what to think about the whole mess! Are there any answers? IS there any solution to the whole race problem? And in the meantime, what's she supposed to do about the guys in her life. Both want her and she wants both of them. But she can't have two guys! Jeepers, it seems she can't even hang on to one! Then there's her best friends and the whole "almost raped" issues going on. And life as she knows it is about to change. She's graduated high school and will be heading to college, away from her friends, her family, her support. You know, sometimes life just isn't easy.|
|Extra Notes:||The big themes in this book are racial issues - blacks against whites, whites against blacks, people judging when two races try to get together, children of blended races not fitting into either one, etc. |
As usual sex is a pretty big issue too. Payton's even closer than ever to giving it all away just to keep Dakari, even though she wants Tad equally as much as she wants Dakari. Then Lynzi almost gets raped messing around with guys.
It feels like each book in the series is exactly the same. Payton keeps doing the same things, making the same bad choices and reaping the same consequences. Dakari apologizes, she realizes she needs to move on from him, then he's right back there with his hands again and she's right back there letting him. Tad catches her and she's devastated to realize she's lost him. Then he forgives her, they move on, then Dakari comes back on the scene again and the cycle repeats. The first book was good, but nothing changes as the series progresses.