Another urban novel by Winter Giovanni. A Daughter's Story embarks upon the dark secrets of two best friends that causes them to be put in harms way when they're caught up in a gang related murder of someone close to them. Get ready for another hurricane novel that Ms. Giovanni spins. If you have daughters, sisters, brothers,sons, or know anyone affected by gangs, this story is for you and will ultimately touch you in ways you will find it shocking to your mind, body, and soul!
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This is a spellbounding story of a young girl name Cheyenne Devereaux. Cheyenne suffers from several disabilities that ultimately causes her to become scarred mentally and physically until she meets a best friend name Kennedy. They both bond immediately after learning they share some common denominators. But, Kennedy ultimately hides a grim, dark secret that she hasn't shared with anyone. Not even Cheyenne!
Cheyenne soon after meets up with Mark. He's the star basketball player at their high school. All the girls are trying to get at him because he is not only fine, but 'da man! Mark is very tall with chocolate smooth skin that compliments his candle white teeth and his shiny jet black wavy hair. But when Mark shares his shell shocking background with Cheyenne, she then learns that she's not the only one in the world suffering from problems whether internal or external. When he confided in her, she coincedently forget about all the suffering she's been through with being teased, taunted, and joked most of her life. "Life, now, couldn't be any better than this!" So she thinks.
Now Cheyenne has a best friend, a boy friend, and a loving life. Then after they have a bloody confrontation at the mall with members of a gang called the Latin Kings, those cats make a vow of payback with no one left standing. Cheyenne's perfect life begins to spin out of control and crashes as well as the one's closest to her and right in front of her eyes.
*This novel will let you feel the emotion and pain of a young African American teen and her best friend, who happens to be White, as they allow you eavesdrop into their minds, their hearts, their souls, and especially...their deep dark secrets.
Winter Giovanni's sophomore novel, A Daughter's Story, is due to be released Summer '09!
As she looked into the mirror, all she could see is this ugly black girl. Fat and bald headed, with her face looking and feeling like that of alligator skin.
"Why can't I just fit in?" She says to herself. Growing up she use to have such pretty smooth brown skin with a head full of healthy black mane. Her mother would always dress her up so pretty and fix her hair so beautifully with all the colorful barrettes and pony tails flowing freely as she played by herself. Cheyenne was an only child, temporarily. No big deal she thought to herself.
Growing up she suffered from severe asthma and eczema (a skin disorder) that you can sometimes grow out of. But for some reason Cheyenne didn't. Then because of the steroid medicines for her illnesses, her weight started increasing and fast!High self esteem was definitely out 'da window!
Her mother would often tell her not to worry because she loves her and and so does God.
"You are so beautiful Cheyenne," her mother would often tell her but Cheyenne would say in her mind that it's easy for her to say.
She just wanna be normal like all the other kids. Diamond, Cheyenne's mom, would often blame and beat herself up for putting a relaxer in her baby girl's hair at the age of five. But when the pediatrician told Diamond that it was the eczema that was causing Cheyenne's scalp to not produce normal hair gland oils that allow the hair follicles to breathe, there was nothing much more that could be done. Therefore, her hair constantly fell out like a child with leukemia or someone getting a dose of chemotherapy treatments.
Cheyenne would daydream about being like the girls in the magazines and on the music videos.
"I just want somebody to be my friend. I'm human, too, or did everybody forget," she says looking into the mirror adjusting her wig, feeling like an outcast. Sometimes school was miserable to her because she would constantly be teased by her classmates all the time. She never told her mom in fear of Diamond coming to the school leaving her professionalism at the office and bring out ghetto fabulous momma aka "Buck Quita."