Article Title

He Said She Said


Katie Irion


Significant Shortcomings, Young Adult, protest movements, love, high schools, African Americans

Document Type

Book Review


Omar “T-Diddy” Smalls, the star of South Carolina State Championship football team, has everything going for him. What he doesn’t have, however, is a cause. That is, until he meets Claudia Clarke. After meeting Claudia at a party, T-Diddy decides that she is the one for him. He quickly learns, however, that she won’t fall for his usual charms and decides the only way to “win” her is to invest in something she’s interested in: state-wide funding cuts for the arts programs in public schools. T-Diddy decides to rally his high school to protest the cuts. Between his charm and Claudia’s smarts, they successfully rally the school and inspire the community. Along the way, the two find out a lot about each other and begin to fall in love. Unlike other teenage romances, however, this one does not end with the two together. Its ends with two good friends, however, who have strengthened and inspired each other.