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The Life I'm In

Written by: Sharon G. Flake
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
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Publisher's Summary

In The Skin I'm In, listeners saw into the life of Maleeka Madison, a teen who suffered from the ridicule she received because of her dark skin color. For decades fans have wanted to know the fate of the bully who made Maleeka's life miserable, Char. Now in Sharon Flake's latest and unflinching novel, The Life I'm In, we follow Charlese Jones, who, with her raw, blistering voice speaks the truths many girls face, offering insight to some of the causes and conditions that make a bully. 

Turned out of the only home she has known, Char boards a bus to nowhere where she is lured into the dangerous web of human trafficking. Much is revealed behind the complex system of men who take advantage of vulnerable teens in the underbelly of society. 

While Char might be frightened, she remains strong and determined to bring herself and her fellow victims out of the dark and back into the light, reminding us why compassion is a powerful cure to the ills of the world.

Sharon Flake's best-selling, Coretta Scott King Award-winning novel The Skin I'm In was a game changer when it was first published more than 20 years ago. It redefined young adult literature by presenting characters, voices, and real-world experiences that had not been fully seen. Now Flake offers listeners another timely and radical story of a girl on the brink and how her choices will lead her to either fall, or fly.

©2021 Sharon G. Flake (P)2021 Scholastic Inc. All Rights Reserved

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  • 28-08-21

Char♥️

I'm happy to meet Char again and go through her trials with her. Thankful for a good outcome.

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  • leah_chanea
  • 01-08-22

Read ASAP!

I love it! another book about the trial and char being older would be great. It is worth the read

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-05-22

Amazing

I found this book searching for one of Bahni’s talented reads. Reading the synopsis I learned that this was a sequel. I quickly found The Skin I’m In and was sold. That book was so well written and I couldn’t wait to know Char’s story. Well I got more than I bargained for. I got mad. I laughed. I cried. I got angry again. I cried. I cheered. I understood. This book was everything. I’m ready to listen to it again and I just finished. Just amazing….

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  • JOANNE
  • 02-03-22

Eye opener

Loved this book. I also especially enjoyed the narrator. Very well written. It was as though I was watching the story unfold on the big screen!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 21-02-22

skewe the people how think this book is good

this is a book based on a girl that is more concerned obout her skin color. than growing up

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  • Shawn Mitchell
  • 16-11-21

Gripping

This book shines a light on a true pandemic, one which many see but don’t see.

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  • 10-04-21

Reality and what it manifests

This is an excellent read with many details and actions. Significant character development. Engaging story plot. Realistic narration.

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