Who Am I Without Him?
Short Stories About Girls and the Boys in Their Lives
By Sharon G. Flake
(Jump At The Sun, Hardcover, 9780786806935, 176pp.)
Publication Date: May 1, 2004
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There is "The Ugly One," whose only solace comes when she is locked inside her own head. In "Wanted: A Thug," a teenager seeks advice on how to steal her best friend's bad-guy boyfriend. And then there's Erika, who only likes white boys. Sharon Flake takes readers through the minds of girls trying to define themselves while struggling to remain relevant to the boys in their lives. This is a complex, often humorous, always on-point exposition of black youth resolving to find self-worth . . . any way they know how.