Imagine you opened a diary and found your own thoughts written there on the pages. What would you do? Close it in embarrassment? Read each page avidly, excited that someone finally understands? One Chance to Live Young is the first of the Colorfully Candid Diaries to be published. Join London, Meschell, and Anya on a journey to discover what friendship really means in this changing world! This book is an excellent tool to use to develop empathy among maturing readers, to engage in conversations about peer pressure, and to discuss the importance of finding a trustworthy mentor.

What does it feel like to finish your best friend’s sentences? Comical? Surprising? Expected? Anya, London, and Meschell are back, and you’re invited to finish the sentences they start in their diaires as you get into their heads and their hearts.

The second semester of high school has even more surprises than the first, starting with Veronica, or Vero for short. There’s just something about her that’s off, and London can’t help but try to figure it out. Russell is finer than ever, but he’s off limits, according to Anya’s parents, so Anya’s jumped on an emotional roller coaster that has no end in sight. Meschell, on the other hand is focused, until she gets caught up in a game of Oreo. After all, what’s the difference between a dream and a goal, anyway? When Ms. Marks asks everyone to do a special project, the girls have to work to figure it out.

Two Dreams and a Goal is the second Colorfully Candid Diary about Anya, London, and Meschell, three teens on a journey to figure out who they are and what really matters in life. Life is complicated, and growing up is tough, but when you’ve got friends like these, it’s easy to remember you’re not alone in any of it.

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