Split Ends

Split Ends

These girlfriends get through bad hair days together --
and anything else that life in L.A. throws at them!

Kylie Sanderson isn't looking for a handout or anyone's charity -- what she needs, as she summons up her courage outside the Crowning Glory Hair Salon, is a job. Tired of moving, currently homeless, she's learned to depend on herself, not her hard-partying and irresponsible mother, which is why she's quit school and is desperate to work. Now, thanks to the salon's owner, Kylie is the shampoo girl at Crowning Glory, and almost overnight her life turns around: she has a place to call home, a future as a stylist, and a dream of one day going to college. And when she meets diva sensation Kara Matthews and spends a luxurious weekend with the superstar's faithful and welcoming family -- including her styling daughter, Divine -- Kylie truly feels like someone should pinch her, because she must be dreaming! Then out of the blue, Kylie's mother turns up with plans to make a fresh start...but is Kylie ready to trust her and forgive the past?
  • Gallery Books | 
  • 272 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416598794 | 
  • March 2010
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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for Split Ends includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Jacquelin Thomas. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book. 



Kylie Sanderson is sixteen and homeless, living on the streets of Los Angeles after running away from her neglectful mother, Serena. With no friends, no family, and no safe place to stay, she’s scared and alone, until an older homeless woman and a kind local business owner take her under their wings, offering her a job at a well-known salon. Kylie becomes friends with her coworker Rhyann, and through her, she befriends Divine, Mimi, and Alyssa, forming the “fab five B.F.F. club.” But Kylie has a secret she’s keeping from everyone, and she knows that if they find out, it could ruin her newfound happiness. In the end, Kylie learns that true friends will stand by you no matter what, you can create your own family, and dreams sometimes do come true.


Questions for Discussion

1. Do you think Kylie made the right decision to run away from her mother because their life together was too unstable, or did she jump into an even more chao see more

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About the Author

Jacquelin Thomas
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Jacquelin Thomas

Jacquelin Thomas' books have garnered several awards, including two EMMA awards, the Romance In Color Reviewers Award, Readers Choice Award, and the Atlanta Choice Award in the Religious & Spiritual category. She was nominated for a 2008 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Fiction in the Young Adult category. Jacquelin has published in the romance, inspirational fiction and young adult genres.