Rhiannon Hunter, is a dating app creator, credited with revolutionizing the digital dating world for what sounds like a cross of Match and Backpage. She’s straightforward about her desire for well orchestrated, occasional hook ups with sexy men.
Nikki, a law school drop out and overall black sheep of the family, in need of money, decides to take a job as a creative writing teacher in her local Punjabi Community Center.
Nora, a young woman dogged by depression and overall unhappiness is attempting suicide, but after life, and before death, she finds herself in a library…the books represent all the lives she could have led if for different choices and circumstances.
He’s caught the case of a local, very successful divorce attorney, killed in his home seemingly with a very expensive bottle of wine, even though said attorney, doesn’t drink.
The best parts of this book are Thandi describing loosing her mom and remembering, or struggling to remember the small things about her.
her lightness was the families ticket to better housing, food, schools, jobs, everything. And she was relied upon to use it and wasn’t given a choice.
Avery is pretty sure the Justice hates her and is surprised when, after he slips into a coma, he has made her is legal guardian. This leaves Avery with more power than she understands and everyone is after her.
he plot is about 2 people that meet during a weak time in both of their marriages and offer comfort to one another. Are they soulmates? Would you give it all up for your soulmate? The story is told from both of their perspectives, eventually.
Obama is candid about the balancing act of running for office as a Black American, bearing the expectations of a generation buoyed by messages of “hope and change,” and meeting the moral challenges of high-stakes decision-making.
Diverse characters, issues of mental heath and personality disorders, non-traditional lifestyles…a good read for sure!
..The first story, same title as the book, is the telling of the suburban , American Dream gone to shit. The Shermans have settled into a bad marriage…
For a dinner party one night, the cook and groundskeeper concoct a sauce the guests fall in love with. The Barclays, not their African American servants, are approached with a deal to sell the recipe a
Ash is playing in a game when a particularly hard hit sends him spiraling into a parallel universe where he discovers things can get very different.
The story is told from the perspective of a young boy, Jamie and guess what? He can see dead people.
“..the ability to travel back into time is valuable and the technology gets into the hands of the wrong folks and the chase is on. “
The fantasy ‘hell’ she creates for Winter seems to revolve around the seven deadly sins: wrath, pride, sloth, greed, lust, envy, and gluttony. Winter has to navigate situations involving these sins until she is forced to either ask for redemption or reject it completely and stay in ‘hell’.
Ben is a writer and considers Fallon his muse. They both want the other to live their best life and somehow believe that requires them to stay OUT of one another’s life. So they block one another on all social media accounts and do not exchange numbers and addresses, so they only way they can connect is via the restaurant they met in, on November 9th the following year.
Ted and Lily plot to kill Teds cheating wife while flying from London to America. Ted doesn’t realize he couldn’t have chosen a better mentor for murder and eventually someone dies.
Simon, dies suddenly during a detention session. Simon was messy boots and ran a blog site known for gossiping about teenagers lives, including cheating on test, in relationships and being gay.
Jason and Daniela love each other a great deal but, got pregnant too soon and both sacrificed their dreams to create a safe, secure home for their son. If different choices were made, what would life be like?
We’re the only ones left, we should get together and talk about what we did!” “Sure, I’ll meet you in the most remote location you can find to talk!” You get my drift?
a long, epic tale, of practical but also somehow outerworldly evil, visited upon an entire town of people. No one is safe. A kid is brutally violated and murdered
The story is narrated by both Margot and Mina. Mina, going back in time telling us her story of how she arrived in America from Korea and how she came to meet some of the people in her life
Leading a company through any ONE of these events would be career making and interesting…to lead a company the size of mid-sized country through ALL of them (and many more) is mind blowing.
As a child, she watched her mother sleep her troubles away and desires the same ‘rest and relaxation’. She starts off with a cocktail of sleep aids and anti-depressants but, soon, this isn’t enough. She keeps waking up.
Charlie purchases Adam, a top of the line robot, with money from an inheritance. His plan becomes to offer him up to Miranda, a tenant in his building that he’s recently realized he cares for, as a shared project. Maybe, if they program Adam’s personality together,
“Lilly’s perfect husband of 3 weeks has disappeared. One minute he was texting her from the train, an hour from home, and the next, vanished. The police have no clues,…”
We’re witnessing Imanuelle coming of age, recognizing the violence visited upon young girls, and coming to terms with the ‘magic’ or powers handed down to her from her ancestors.
First impression: This was cute! I can see why its getting a lot of hype. If you want a straightforward, friends to lovers tale, this will likely go down in one sitting and leave you satisfied.
“The idea of riding in a car with a murderer and somehow keeping him entertained as you have a mental breakdown, is pretty interesting, you have to admit. “
Friday Black is a collection of short stories, staged in a dystopian world not very different than ours, except for its violence and insensitivity to race and culture. Sounds small but its definitely not!
The larger story is about Bug reconciling with his past memories of his father and his childhood. Bugs daddy was a son’a bitch country, outlaw driver, that left Bug as a child to pay the price for something he did, and his momma never forgave either of them. If Bug doesn’t figure his shit out, he’s bound to repeat the same mistakes with his own wife and child.
Clearly, husband is having a mid-life crisis either bought on or aggravated by, his wife’s depression, his lackluster career and personal relationships, and changes to his comfortable political-socioeconomic landscape. Whyte rage, stage 1. 😒 Except our good ol’boy feels the vibes and decides to disrupt the status quo.
The story revolves around D-list actor groom and his bride to be, who is seemingly over the moon excited to meet her life’s goal of landing the town ‘catch’. 🙄 They’ve decided to be married on a remote Irish island…
While helping a friend, Robinson discovers a new drug being pushed in his adopted town and decides to confront the drug dealers and run them out of town. 🤔 Is that what y’all do in Boston? 🙄
The story is beautifully written and creates a type of intimacy that surprised me. There is something interesting about watching people reconcile a hard truth in real time.
Cons: None for me except I didn’t know this was a second book in a series and I would have liked to have read the first book beforehand! 🤦🏾♀️ You don’t have to
Sandra and Victor are married living in his hometown where he is a well liked politician and coddled son of rich parents. One night, after a party, Victor dies in a car accident while Sandra is driving.
Suddenly the babysitter disappears and the police strongly suspect her or her husband may have played a role. As Selenas life continues to unravel, she discovers she may be stronger than she thinks.
The book is essentially two essays, one written in the form of a letter to his 14 year old nephew, the other discussing religion and its impact on the black community.
If you are from Haiti or have travelled there, this will likely be a glorious read for you, reading about traditions and places you can picture or relate to. There are many descriptions of the beautiful people and places and snippets of Haitian creole that I’m sure could feel like home,
Very interesting crime drama, telling the story only from the perspective of the accused. The story moves at a good pace, not too fast where you think you can figure it out if only it would slow down.
Danny is a young ambitious man that yearns to be a race car driver. We meet him and his dog Enzo, as he is coming out of a hard time as described by Enzo, the dog. Enzo is actually our narrator in the story.
“… hunky, edgy, tormented special agent versus plot to ruin him. But, a quiet riot, wildly beautiful and smart, likely in danger woman, is in the way of said ruin. “
Bea, after a heated blog rant on the need for diversity in reality television, gets herself picked to star in a TV dating show, a’la The Bachelor(ette).
The story follows aging actress Meredith White. She has the world in the palm of her hand when her Director husband decides to leave her for a young, up and coming actress.
A lot of twists and turns with this one as Brown leans heavily on thrills and goes a little light in the romance area. I wasn’t disappointed whatsoever.
I really believed Jules desperation and why she took such an obvious risk. The characters are complex- and what they are doing is wrong but, if you had the money- what would you do?
The book is a collection of longish, short stories with very little in common besides the overwhelming creepiness of each.
It was quick, beautiful, sad read and I enjoyed it very much. This would definitely be a great story for a book club to deep dive themes of class, familial obligation, the role of young women in underdeveloped country’s and voting reform…
I enjoyed the fast-pace of the story. The trick of allowing us to get to know, and even like, the victims before the murders? Coldblooded Patterson! But, the technique worked. I was hooked, and no matter the obstacle thrown in Cooks way, (and there were many!)