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My Virtual Girlfriend Got Real
I'm learning how to be a good boyfriend
author image The author meets Valencia online and they fall in love. When they finally meet in real life, they discover things about each other and about relationships.

In junior high and high school, I had plenty of friends—most of them girls. I wasn’t ready for sex, and I saw a pattern of nice girls dating guys who were jerks to them... [more]

Is It Love? Is It Love?
She Makes Me Better - My Best Friend Has My Back - Passion Or Abuse? - I'm Not Changing Myself For Anyone - ALSO - I Got the Foster Mom I'd Always Wanted - Staff Shout-Out!
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Not Too Late for a Mother Leah endures 20 different foster care placements, all bad, until she moves in with Beatriz and Frankie at age 14. Beatriz assures Leah she's not giving up on her and teaches Leah about trust, self-respect, and love. [more]
Lust + Respect = Real Love Marlo is angry about the death of his mother and rebels against authority. He loses respect for girls until he meets Towanda, who is his intellectual equal. They support each other in straightening out their lives. [more]
Is This Love—or Abuse? Margaret starts dating Daisy, who continues to see other girls, even as she accuses Margaret of cheating. Margaret tries to change herself to please Daisy, who gets downright abusive. [more]
How a Best Friend Helps Over several years, Shateek and his best friend Amadou grow closer by listening to and keeping each other's secrets, by fighting but working it out, and by encouraging each other to stick with school. [more]
Pushing Isaac Away The author suffers from the death of her grandmother, her mother's mental illness and withdrawal, and going into foster care. Isaac, first her friend, then her boyfriend, supports her, but she drives him away with her cutting. [more]
Don’t Get Played Chantal describes both the benefits and pitfalls of having a bank account. [more]
Soulmates Donyaeh didn't get enough love from his parents, so he feels especially lucky to find Alina, a girlfriend who asks how he feels, comforts him when he's down, and provides an example of how to succeed. [more]
Maxed Out Xavier racks up $2,100 in credit card debt before deciding to take control of his finances. [more]
Staff Shout-Out Diamonique pays tribute to her two lawyers, who checked in with her, fought for her, gave her good advice, and inspired her to stay out of trouble. [more]
Finding Our Way Home When Janelle returns home after three years in foster care, she finds it hard to readjust. Family therapy helps her and her mother build a new and better relationship. [more]
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