Title: Friends 'Til The End
Author: ReShonda Tate Billingsley
Source: Night Owl Reviews
Description: It's for real - Jasmine's in love! She never thought she'd be boy-crazy like her girlfriends Camille, Alexis, and Angel, but now Jasmine and football star C.J. Taylor are inseparable - they've even been voted the school's cutest couple. And with love in the air, everything seems to be going right: Jasmine's mom has allowed her and C.J. to go out on dates, and even her relationship with her brother Jaquan has improved. Maybe love is contagious!
But Jasmine's happiness is shattered when a neighborhood gang begins harassing Jaquan - and trouble quickly escalates to tragedy. With C.J. and his family caught in the crossfire of lies and violence, Jasmine will have to hold on tighter than ever to her faith, to the friends who have never let her down... and to the belief that love truly does conquer all.
Thoughts: This series just gets better and better. I think this could be my favorite one. Gang violence is something that really happens and it can be devastating. How can someone deal with losing a family member? Sometimes when you have such a great loss you want to shut out the world but the girls pull together and deal with what happened and in learning who actually did it.
As a side story Angel gets another encounter with the father of her baby. Every child should get to grow up knowing there father so Angel tries to get him involved somehow. It is a difficult thing for her to do but she is learning to think like a young mother and think about what is best for her daughter.
I don't know how many books are planned for this series but I am hoping for many more. Billingsley has a lot talent to spread many great and needed messages.