Author(s): Paula Chase
Jamila Phillips is so done with secrets. So done with Pirates Cove.
So done with everyone calling her Bean.
So done with living across the street from her so-called best friend.
Metai Johnson is so done with summer.
So done with ballet.
So done with her useless father.
So done with her supposed best friend, who answered exactly zero texts all summer.
But how do you take a break from being somebody's best friend? Especially when you're in the same middle school and auditioning for the same talented-and-gifted dance program. Especially when you can't stop thinking about what happened that day at the end of seventh grade-can't stop thinking about that secret you've never told.
What happens when you're done with your so-called life, but it's not done with you.
When best friends Tai and Mila are reunited after a summer apart, their friendship threatens to combust.
In her middle-grade debut, Chase delivers a memorable story about a complex friendship between two very different African-American girls and the importance of speaking up.
Paula Chase is the author of several books for teens. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked as a cheer-leading coach and in public relations for a tech company. She is the co-founder of The Brown Bookshelf, a site designed to increase awareness of African American voices writing for young readers. She is the author of So Done.