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Imani in never say goodbye
Hardrick, Jackie.
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Publication Information:
Vauxhall, NJ : Enlighten Publications, [2003]

Physical Description:
264 pages ; 22 cm
Portrays the temptations, peer pressure and consequences of adolescent drug use.
Reading Level:
640 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 4.1 10.0 110909.

Reading Counts RC High School 3.4 17 Quiz: 37031 Guided reading level: NR.
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Imani in Never Say Goodbye is a contemporary young adult novel. The purpose is to make teens THINK, to discourage drug use, and to encourage valuing their education and themselves.Imani in Never Say Goodbye shows the reader the consequences of using illegal drugs. It depicts how experimentation can lead to addiction. How addiction affects someone socially, mentally, physically, emotionally, and financially. Lessons learned through the experiences of their peers (all of the main characters are teenagers).Join Imani and crew as their drama unfolds...Who Knew? Imani never saw it coming and neither did Fatima, Dominique, Tyler...One drag off a joint, one crack house, one drug test, one injury, one argument, one death, one drug deal, one wrong place at the wrong time led to one thing after another and their worlds spun out of control. Who will survive? Who will have to say Goodbye?

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Booklist Review

Gr. 9-12. Seventeen-year-old Imani gets top billing once again in this companion to Imani in Young Love & Deception (2002). In fact, Imani is just one of several urban, African American teens whose lives intersect during a tumultuous senior year. As Imani, star of her high-school b-ball team, struggles with the SATs and worries over how she'll pay for college, other girls in her crowd deal with grimmer problems, including single motherhood and drug addiction. Hardrick's good intentions are obvious; she promotes higher education and clean living and casts the alternative in a uniformly squalid light. The novel even comes with discussion questions: What are the financial, physical, mental, and social consequences of using drugs? The abundant messages aside, many readers will respond to the dramatic plotlines and Hardwick's flair for dialogue (Maaan, I got so many honeys it's gonna be hard pickin' just one ) as well as the hip-hop vibe projected by the book cover. --Jennifer Mattson Copyright 2004 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-Seventeen-year-old Imani's hopes for getting into Howard University-on a basketball scholarship or otherwise-are nearly dashed during her tumultuous senior year, primarily due to her friend and teammate Dominique's rapid descent into drug abuse. When Dominique, stoned on pot, obliviously collides with her during practice, it results in a broken wrist and, it would seem, a whole set of broken dreams for Imani. Dominique tries to make up for it by taking the team to the city championships by milking some short-lived energy and confidence out of cocaine. Just when Imani is ready to forgive and forget, Dominique switches their urine samples during a random drug test. Meanwhile, Imani is surrounded by characters and subplots meant to illustrate the consequences of a whole catalog of bad choices, including engaging in premarital sex, acquiescing to domestic violence, and succumbing to the allure of fast money. Working-class Imani and her affluent boyfriend resist these evils, though, and manage to prevail while also illustrating the class tensions that can surface between African Americans who have realized economic success and those still trying desperately to get a piece of it. The story's primary weakness is its transparent and predictable didacticism that, however well intended, seems to be preaching strictly to the choir.-Jeffrey Hastings, Highlander Way Middle School, Howell, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.