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The Friends, Rosa Guy

Phyllisia Cathy (intelligent, lonely, and proud) and Edith Jackson (poor, street-smart, and responsible) form a friendship that survives cruelty, misunderstanding, and betrayal. The Friends is a coming-of-age story with a twist, as society, parents, and clashing values forge a bond between two teenagers.

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