Sixteen year old Mikki Mitchell is dying to escape the small town of Boone, Texas.  Out of touch with the real world, Mikki's dream becomes reality when she gets the opportunity of a lifetime - a chance to spend a glorifying summer in California with her best friend.  The night Mikki arrives to L.A., however, is the night she meets egotistical Dominick Dupree.  Getting straight A's for Mikki is easy compared to surviving a summer in South Central Los Angeles, the biggest test of her life.

Sentenced to summer school, Stacy Davis, known for her loud mouth and street smarts, has little to look forward to this summer. That is until she learns her old best friend is coming to town.There is only one problem. Mikki has changed, and not necessarily for the better. Can their lifelong friendship withstand the summer heat?

Carlette Hughes has one mission this summer - freedom from her mother who watches her every move like a prison guard. When Carlette hooks up with Bone, a man old enough to be charged as an adult for his crime, he becomes Carlette's ticket to freedom. But the stakes are high. 

In a city known for its crime and Hollywood Drama, three friends' wild and crazy pastimes lead to a summer unlike any other and life changing experiences they will forever remember.

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Sheryl Mallory-Johnson