Ann Michelle is tired of her boring, sheltered life. She longs for something "real." Then she meets Raquel Marissa Diaz-Raq for short. Sassy, streetwise, and totally fearless, Raq is everything Ann Michelle isn't. She has a voice to die for and the attitude to go with it, and she'll stop at nothing to be a star. All Ann Michelle wants is to go along for the ride. Even if that means leaving home to go on the road with Piper, both girls' favorite hip-hop artist. And shedding her identity along the way to become Glitz, a bolder- but not necessarily better-version of herself.
Crackling with authenticity, energy, and heart, Philana Marie Boles's first young adult novel is about the true meaning of friendship and the pitfalls of fame.
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About the Author
Philana Marie Boles is the author of "Little Divas," a chapter book for readers ages 11 and up, as well as the adult novels "In the Paint" and "Blame It on Eve." She has worked for 40 Acres & a Mule Filmworks, Spike Lee's Brooklyn-based film company; for "Glamour" magazine (as a media relations assistant); and as a substitute teacher, which she often refers to as her "favorite gig of all."
When Philana isn't writing, she works as a media consultant and image strategist for hip-hop and R & B musicians. "Glitz" is her first young adult novel, with two more coming from Viking. She lives in New York City.