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Schooling Carmen [Kindle Edition]

Kathleen Cross

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Desperate to stand out in a family of overachievers, beautiful, bigoted, and bitchy Carmen DuPrè will do anything to leave the “hellhole” high school she works in—even if it means getting groped by a geezer who’s promised her a promotion. She’s not worried about things getting out of hand though—if there’s one thing Carmen knows, it’s how use her looks to get what she wants—including courtside Lakers seats and diamond jewelry—from attentive men she cares nothing about.

But when a devastating medical diagnosis threatens to permanently knock her off her pedestal, Carmen might have to trade her looks for her life—and she’s not sure a life without beauty is worth living—which is why she’s risking hers by ignoring her doctor’s advice.

Is it coincidence or divine intervention when a sexy stranger walks into her world insisting there’s a whole lot more to Carmen DuPrè than what’s on the surface? If it’s not too late for her to turn things around, her mysterious guardian angel wants to dish out some serious schooling in a few subjects Carmen knows little about—like faith, hope…and love.

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About the Author

Kathleen Cross is an author, educator and speaker who has been a guest on numerous television and radio shows including Oprah, Montel and Dr. Phil to discuss ethnic identity and cross-cultural communication. Ms. Cross is the author of Skin Deep (Avon, 1999) an award-winning novel that has been required reading in several U.S. colleges and universities, and Schooling Carmen (Avon, 2004) the story of an East L.A. high school counselor whose survival depends on her ability to embrace change. Cross has taught at the elementary, secondary and university levels, and after over a decade of work as an education consultant working to improve teaching and learning for urban students of color, she now divides her time between writing, speaking and community service.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 436 KB
  • Print Length: 424 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1461173604
  • Publisher: WilliamBlue Publishing; 2 edition (6 Jan. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006UMK64M
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #990,853 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Superlative Novel with a Sublime Message! 13 Nov. 2004
By LottaHoney - Published on
Carmen DuPre is a stunningly, beautiful woman and knows it. All heads turn when Carmen crosses your path. To our dismay, Carmen is aware of her beauty and is a Supreme Diva with a belligerent attitude. Carmen has two sisters, Della and Lindsey along with a brother Maxwell, and the family's mother, Mavis who is a simmering stew of hatred toward Carmen. Carmen's father died in a tragic auto accident, and Mavis feels that Carmen is responsible.

Carmen is a guidance counselor on the rough side of town at Overland High School and she will do anything to get promoted to Beverly Hills' Talented and Gifted Academy. Carmen manipulates her looks to get what she wants, and when she is nearly raped by the school superintendent, she seeks legal action. Meanwhile, Carmen is devastated by receiving news of a debilitating, disfiguring disease that will destroy her looks. Instead of arranging for surgery, Carmen delays the inevitable until....Twists of fate and magical coincidences occur that change Carmen and the world as Carmen sees it for the benefit of everyone.

For me, Schooling Carmen is a Magical, `Feel-Good' inspiring novel that will touch the hearts of those who read it. It will certainly cause one to stop and reflect on what makes one happy.

Schooling Carmen - My Best Read of 2004!!! A thoroughly wonderful novel that reflects faith, hope, love, and magical blessings found abundantly and all around us in unexpected coincidences. This is a Must-Read!!!! This is a novel that will change your heart to make a positive difference in your world.

"Lotta Honey"

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not only is Carmen schooled but the reader is also 20 Aug. 2004
By Zamaih - Published on
SCHOOLING CARMEN is a great read for Men and Women.

Carmen is a character that you can sympathise with although her actions and beliefs are not the best. I think young women everywhere will be able to relate to Carmen's experiences and the way she thinks.

One thing that I loved about this book is that it shows you that no matter how bad things get or how lost you are there is always something positive to look to whether you see it or not.

After reading this book I was able to look at my own life and examine what is really important.

Everyone can relate to this book, men and women, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LEARNING THE HARD WAY 3 Oct. 2005
By deenice - Published on
As I was reading this book, I realized that Carmen was not the the only one being schooled. This book really shows the importance of meditation and being in tune with yourself. It shows how we can solve many of our problems just by being in tune with ourselves.

Sometimes we have to lose a little in order to gain some. In Carmen's case she finally found true love after she lost part of her beauty.

With the exception of the cover, I'd have to say that I really enjoyed this book. I hope the author is working on something else.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beauty is Only Skin Deep 8 Dec. 2004
By J.C. Wallington - Published on
Carmen DuPre is a beautiful, fair-skinned black woman. If she did not already know this herself, she could not help but know as both men and women often stop her to comment on her beauty. She uses her beauty to manipulate those who she thinks can assist her in getting ahead in life. In this novel, Schooling Carmen by Kathleen Cross, Carmen learns that beauty is only skin deep and she has a long way to become a beautiful person.

Carmen is a school guidance counselor at Overland High School. Her preconceived notions about her Hispanic students guide her as she squashes their future dreams. In fact, her attitude towards the children is the cause of her losing the love of her life, Randall Winston. Carmen, the master manipulator, uses her nerdy co-worker, Eugene, to get an introduction to George Browning, the superintendent of schools. Carmen is anxious to meet this man as he holds the key to her getting away from the poverty-stricken Overland school and into the job as the head guidance counselor at the TAG academy. However, Carmen over estimates her ability to handle Mr. Browning and finds there is a steep price to pay for his assistance.

Carmen's vanity is very much an issue. When her doctor informs her of a serious medical problem that needs immediate attention, Carmen ignores her. Pedro Camacho is the owner of an auto repair shop. When he delivers Carmen's car to her job, without warning, she begins to berate him because she felt he was taking advantage of her and because he is Hispanic. Only after she took a breath and let him talk did she find that she had jumped to conclusions and Pedro had good reasons for not being available for her phone calls. Carmen and Pedro have a chance meeting at the cemetery and when he overhears Carmen telling her father about her medical condition, Pedro Camacho steps in. He assembles Eugene, the one friend who has always been there for Carmen, waiting patiently for her to return his affection. Her sister, Lindsay, the only family member she has a civil relationship with and Yvette, the friend Carmen dismissed because of a silly disagreement, to help her through the difficult times.

Schooling Carmen is a touching book. When I read the acknowledgements I could not imagine how difficult it was for this author to write such a book after suffering her own personal tragedy. This story touches on what can happen when one waits to get treatment. It also forces one to face their own mortality. Throughout the book, the author illustrates Carmen's growth as a person as she struggles to overcome her ideologies about herself and others. This is a very good read. One I would highly recommend.


APOOO BookClub
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars deep read reminding the audience to remember what really cou 1 Sept. 2004
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Drop dead gorgeous Carmen DuPre cannot understand why someone as beautiful and connected as she is has to work in the abominable Eastside of Los Angeles rather than the Westside where she feels she belongs. If daddy still lived that "mistake" would never have occurred. Carmen struggles to breath in a sea of Spanish speaking Mexican-American students as a guidance counselor at Overton High School. Spelman never prepared her for these lowlifes.

Carmen is stunned when she learns that she has breast cancer that will require deforming her perfect figure. Since her looks is everything to Carmen, she leans towards doing nothing as she figures death is preferable to deformity. Mexican-American automobile mechanic Pedro Camacho works on Carmen's Lexus while trying to get through to this material girl that there is more to living than looks; he knows first hand having lost his beloved son to cancer. Dedicated math teacher Eugene Timms also keeps her off balance, but he is a geek and she only goes with hunks for Carmen sees the world as SKIN DEEP, but if she does not obtain an epiphany soon she will see the world from underground.

In some ways the tale wraps up to easily yet fans will appreciate this powerful vigorous look at what matters, which street corner philosopher Pedro knows is obvious yet so many fail to see it. Readers will appreciate the powerful cast even the snobbery of Carmen as she struggles between disfigured living and being perfect until death. Well written and fun to follow, the simplicity of SCHOOLING CARMEN makes for a deep read reminding the audience to remember what really counts.

Harriet Klausner
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