author: Ni Ni Simone
Publisher: Kensington, 2008
main character: Toi McKnight
Toi McKnight is a 17 year old high school student who has a twin sister, an infant son, a job at iHop, a whack baby daddy, a live in cousin who would make anyone crack up with laughter and a mother who takes care of business. She has a strong supportive family, but is so naïve when it comes to the men in her life! I mean, who would give some new guy her digits what working at the iHop, even if he is the o! so fine Harlem? Toi would! She’s actually feeling a bit lost and unsure of herself because her life has taken an unplanned turn.
Simone tells her tale in a language today’s teens can relate to. Her story is fast moving and evenly written despite a few editing flaws. The situations should make any young person think about the consequences of their actions and hope for their future.
If I was your girl is a love story where Toi McKnight learns to love herself. Simone’s books are some of the safest urban fiction that can be added to school libraries.
Themes: teen moms, goals, young love