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This is not how Maya Rogers hoped to get famous. First her boyfriend, Misalo, dumps her, and then the revealing photos that she sent to him go viral. Maya's reputation is in shreds, and now she's...
This is not how Maya Rogers hoped to get famous. First her boyfriend, Misalo, dumps her, and then the revealing photos that she sent to him go viral. Maya's reputation is in shreds, and now she's...
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  • This is not how Maya Rogers hoped to get famous. First her boyfriend, Misalo, dumps her, and then the revealing photos that she sent to him go viral. Maya's reputation is in shreds, and now she's getting all the wrong kind of attention from guys in her neighborhood. How did life get so out of control so fast?

    One answer: Viviana. Maya and her cousin were close once. But guilty secrets and long-buried resentments changed all that. Viviana wants to make Maya miserable by stealing away Misalo, but she may be stirring up more trouble than anyone can handle. At least Maya knows that her best friend Keysha always has her back. But with so much bad blood flowing, will these family ties be severed for good?

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    My cousin Anna had the height and the natural stride of a model. She was slimmer than most girls, and if you asked me, she had the beauty and personality that could land her on the covers of magazines. Anna and I were goofing around. She was trying on various outfits and pretending to walk a runway like Tyra Banks and Adri-ana Lima. I was playing music for her as she strutted back and forth. Anna then asked me to join her private fashion show, but neither one of us could stop laughing long enough to walk from one end of the bedroom to the other. We decided to have more fun by dancing. Anna set up her webcam so we could post videos of our foolishness on YouTube and some popular social networks. What I didn't realize was that in addition to being very pretty, Anna could dance. If I were her manager, I'd enter her in a reality television dance contest. Seriously, she had some moves that left my mouth wide open.

    "Oh, girl. You are tripping. You should be getting paid for dancing the way you do," I said, feeling envious of how well she moved.

    "I'm just flexible, that's all," Anna said as she got up and moved toward her dresser drawer.

    "Didn't you used to take dance lessons when you were little?" I asked, vaguely recalling hearing Grandmother Esmeralda praising one of her performances.

    "That was years ago, when I was a little girl. Mom had me in ballet class and modeling classes. I wasn't very good at ballet, so I tried modern dance, which was more fun. All of the dancing made me look more muscular, which my modeling coach at the time said was unacceptable. I stopped doing that stuff when I was around eleven."

    "Why did you stop?" I was curious.

    "I was forced to choose between dancing and modeling, and I couldn't, because I enjoyed both equally," said Anna as she removed a purple belly dancer's hip scarf from the top dresser drawer.

    "What the heck is this?" I said louder than I intended to as I reached out to touch the silky fabric.

    "Mom and I took a beginner's belly dance class last year," Anna explained. "It was only four classes, but I learned a lot and it was fun."

    Anna tied the scarf around her hips. She looked very cute in it. She reset her webcam, put on song by Shakira called "Hips Don't Lie," and right before my eyes she began working her hips just like the singer. She rocked those bad boys like a belly dancer, and the movements she did with her torso were nothing short of mesmerizing. About the only thing I could really do well was make my booty bounce. When Anna was done, she posted her video for the world to see.

    "You have to teach me how to dance like that." I was practically begging her.

    "Sure. It's really easy, and I'm sure you can make it look far sexier than I can," Anna said.

    "You're doing it in the sexy dancing department if you ask me." I chuckled.

    "Then why was Carlo more interested in Maya than me?" she asked.

    "Because he was stupid, and the last thing you want is a stupid boyfriend," I assured her.

    Anna laughed. "You're right. Come stand next to me and I'll show you how to do some hip snaps."

    "Hip snaps?" I asked, because it sounded painful.

    "Yes, like this." Anna demonstrated the move, and the coins on her hip scarf shimmied and jingled.

    "That move is so hot," I said as I moved closer to her and tried. I knew I looked silly, because my hips wouldn't snap the way Anna's had.

    "No. You have to bend your knees like this, tuck your pelvis forward, squeeze your butt and...

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  • Earl Sewell attended Columbia College in Chicago where he studied screen and fiction writing. Earl's YA novels in his Keysha and Friends series have made him a librarian and teen fan favorite. He currently resides in South Holland, Illinois, and is working on his next novel.

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  • School Library Journal on MYSELF AND I "Sewell addresses some major social issues that confront young adults in a way that is both satisfying and nonthreatening. Readers are treated to nicely veiled and fully integrated lessons on the dangers of unprotected sex, teen pregnancy, drug addiction, and alcoholism, all woven into a story of romance, adventure, and yes, a little mystery."

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