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A Relationship Gone Sour: If You Really Loved Me by Anne Schraff

This book is so right up my students’ alley. I need to promote it more at school.

If You Really Loved Me is the story of sixteen year old Destini Fletcher.  Destini is struggling with being a teenager.  She feels that she doesn’t have what the other girls have; the clothes, the looks, the hair, the ability to flirt and even the grades. All Destini wants is a boyfriend so she can show her peers that she is special too.

Then one day Tyrone Becker, a popular football player at Tubman High School, suddenly starts to notice Destini.  At first he just talks to her, but pretty soon he asks her to be his girlfriend.  Destini can’t believe it and is ecstatic!  She finally has that boyfriend to make her feel special.

Problem is, that after some time Destini starts to question if what she’s always wanted is really all that good for her.  Tyrone and his friends start mocking some of Destini’s less popular friends and the volunteer work she does with them.  Then Tyrone begins to show his wild jealous streak whenever Destini speaks to another guy. Destini initially waves away Tyrone’s erratic behavior because she loves the idea of having a boyfriend. Quickly though, things get much, much worse and Destini has to figure out if having a boyfriend is in actuality what she needs to find happiness.

If You Really Loved Me is the fourth book in Schraff’s Urban Underground series, but the story stands on its own.  Schraff, who also writes some of the titles in the Bluford High series (which my students love!), is known for catering to struggling and reluctant readers.  The plot is relevant to many teens today (which is so important for reluctant readers) without being overly preachy and the writing is easy to understand.  I wasn’t a huge fan of Destini as a character, as I did find myself thinking, “Really? Are you that one-sided?” But like I mentioned earlier, I do think this book will be very popular with my students if I promote it a little more.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Recently Read

My school uses Accelerated Reader to promote reading, as well as to hold students accountable for what they actually read.   I have an app on my phone that tells me how many AR quizzes have been taken and what books they’ve been taken on.

As of today (the 13th day of the month) 135 books have been read and quizzed on.  Today’s Top Ten will be the most recent books read at my school.  Approved by 6-8th graders in Orlando. :)

Schooled by Gordon Korman

Copper Sun by Sharon Draper

Big Nate Strikes Again by Lincoln Pierce

Rules by Cynthia Lord

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Graphic Novel) by M.C. Hall

Secrets in the Shadows by Anne Schraff

The Phantom Menace: Volume 4 (Graphic Novel) 

Someone to Love Me by Anne Schraff

Guitar Girl by Sara Manning

P.S. I’m going to the annual Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME) conference again this year.  Last year I met authors Jessica Day George, Margaret Peterson Haddix and Caroline B. Cooney!  (I’ll find my pics and post them soon)  This year Roland Smith, Gordon Korman, and James Preller will be there!  It’s in October, so hopefully I’ll have pictures to post!