A fictional coming of age story told as a novel through the art of the spoken word, and can be called "rap poetry."
As a young girl filled with dreams of love and success, eighteen year-old Carmen finds herself moving from suburban St. Paul to downtown Chicago to attend Columbia College. Navigating the dating world in the big city with her new best friends, she goes through five years of disaster dating, betrayal, and heartbreak, searching for love, revenge, and knowledge, all while focusing on learning how to love herself. She tells her story through poetry with a light humor and a whimsical nature, while also raw and real to the soul, and relatable to women.
Katie Mattia Abdo studied and started teaching art at age 15, and she has also worked as a chef in Chicago. She is a professional photographer and has taken photos of food for Chicago online articles. She attended Columbia College for writing.