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Real As It Gets
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Real As It Gets
She can uncover the biggest celebrity secrets. But now Maya Morgan's hottest story ever is way too up-close-and-personal . . .
For once, everything in Maya's life is falling perfectly into place. She's getting serious media cred uncovering the source of a new designer drug doing major glitterati damage. And the new man in her life is giving Maya all the cool bling and attention she craves off-camera. But the truth behind her scoop is about to cut too close to home—and put Maya and her family in the crosshairs. Soon, she'll have to decide just how far she can afford to go to save her family, her career. . .and herself.
"Sit up and pay attention—Maya Morgan will knock your socks off." —Earl Sewell, author of The Keysha Diaries
"Scandal and mouth dropping entertainment!" —Ni-Ni Simone
She can uncover the biggest celebrity secrets. But now Maya Morgan's hottest story ever is way too up-close-and-personal . . .
For once, everything in Maya's life is falling perfectly into place. She's getting serious media cred uncovering the source of a new designer drug doing major glitterati damage. And the new man in her life is giving Maya all the cool bling and attention she craves off-camera. But the truth behind her scoop is about to cut too close to home—and put Maya and her family in the crosshairs. Soon, she'll have to decide just how far she can afford to go to save her family, her career. . .and herself.
"Sit up and pay attention—Maya Morgan will knock your socks off." —Earl Sewell, author of The Keysha Diaries
"Scandal and mouth dropping entertainment!" —Ni-Ni Simone
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  • ReShonda Tate Billingsley is the bestselling, NAACP Award-winning author of more than fifty books, including Let the Church Say Amen, which was adapted into a BET original film directed by actress Regina King and produced by TD Jakes and Queen Latifah. An inductee of the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame and a Texas Top Author, she is the co-founder, along with bestselling author Victoria Christopher Murray, of WritersPro and the independent publishing company Brown Girls Books. ReShonda also has a journalism career that spans nearly three decades, previously as a television news reporter/anchor, and currently as an editor at a Houston newspaper and radio news reporter. The mother of three and motivational speaker, she is an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Jack & Jill of America, Inc. ReShonda lives in Houston, Texas and can be found online at ReShondaTateBillingsley.com, on Facebook and Instagram @ReShondaTateBillingsley, or on twitter @ReshondaT.

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  • Kirkus

    December 15, 2013
    After a new drug leads to fatalities among celebrities and classmates, teen TV-gossip diva Maya Morgan launches an investigation. The strung-out former beauty queen whose story opens this third volume of the Rumor Central series represents only one of many plotlines. Maya's player cousin, Travis, comes from New York to Miami to live with Maya and her family, and tension rises when Travis starts dating Maya's best friend, Sheridan. Maya goes out with a dreamy date, but sometimes he acts like he's hiding something. Maya's nerdy friend, Alvin, starts dating a girl, and Maya can't understand why she feels so angry about it. (This last plotline receives the least closure, but it will likely be addressed more fully in a future installment.) Maya's back story is skillfully reintroduced piece by piece, and new and returning readers alike have ample tools to keep track of the many boys and BFFs in Maya's life. The drug investigation, which brings together many of the characters and storylines, leads to a suspenseful and dangerous climax, but Maya's confident, clever and funny narrative voice makes the seriousness feel in keeping with the rest of the story. From gossip to guns, a fast-paced and enjoyable ride. (Fiction. 12-18)

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  • School Library Journal

    April 1, 2014

    Gr 9 Up-Maya Morgan's adventures as a teen gossip show host reach new levels of drama in this addition to the series. As an only child, Maya is used to her independent lifestyle, but it is suddenly turned upside-down by the arrival of her troublesome cousin, Travis. He hooks up with her BFF Sheridan, against Maya's wishes. Soon thereafter, Travis introduces Maya to his friend Sammy, a supposedly successful music producer, and they start dating. In the midst of all the romance, there is a new synthetic and dangerous drug on the streets of Miami, K2, ruining the lives of both average teens and celebrities. Maya decides to go undercover and infiltrate the drug ring. Things go awry when she is kidnapped, and she discovers that sometimes the people closest to us are the ones with the worst of intentions. Unfortunately, the novel has a vapid plot, corny dialogue, and characters whose stories barely intertwine. There are better choices within the urban YA genre.-Lindsay Klemas, JM Rapport School for Career Development, Bronx, NY

    Copyright 2014 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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