The Boyfriend Project #BookReview

Farrah Rochon | June 2020 | 352 pp

Welcome to my favorite book of 2020! Have I said that about another book? scratch that …THIS one was it! I read this in August, pandemic waning far longer than the 2 weeks we were promised, after George Floyd, Ahmed Aubrey, and amid the ‘Flu Klux Klan’ crowd protesting wearing a mask while Black Lives Matter marched for equality and recognition of police brutality. Instead of a birthday spent abroad, I was in my parents backyard pool. UGH. I’ll stay in the house but what can distract me already? THIS!

Finally, a unproblematic romance with black people! And by unproblematic, I mean no stereotypical, Tiffany Haddish-like, loud, brash girls, no white saviors, no unanswered or tolerated subtle racism. No childhood stories basted in struggle and trauma. Just young black women, educated, working corporate jobs (no MLM schemes or Uber drivers🙄), making it in the city. What do you know? I guess if you want a thing, you gotta do it your damn self. Thanks Farrah Rochon!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Samiah Brooks finds out from someone live tweeting during a date, that her boyfriend is cheating on her…on a date in her neighborhood! She hustles around the corner to the restaurant and confronts him mid-date! Unfortunately, she isnt the only one and the three ladies she meets that afternoon wind up becoming fast friends. Eventually, they create a pact, swearing off men for a year in order to accomplish personal goals. Samiah, a software engineer, wants to create an app for folks to find platonic friendships. As all things you do not seek but, ultimately find, just as she swears off men, in walks tall, dark, and handsome undercover FBI agent. (Boom-chika-pow-wow!) Of course a friendship ensues where they both try to avoid a relationship. And we are a little uncertain if Daniel, the agent, is really on the up and up.

Pro: UNPROBLEMATIC. Just a fun, romance with zero triggers. Im not going to repeat how I get so bored with the same old black lives wrapped in struggle and strife trope. (Well, I am going to repeat it!) I get it. I am also over it. I wasn’t abandoned, abused, dirt poor, or close to it, in my childhood or now. I..we, my friends and I, happen to be very smart, well adjusted, stylish, single women. I have a successful career, so do my friends and we gather to laugh, joke, and not talk about the subtle micro aggressions we all face daily, while drinking and spending money we do have…in fancy restaurants, pre-covid. (And shall again post vaccine!) We equally agree men are trash and, there are some good ones out there. We also all identified with a trash male getting publicly outed on Twitter! Fuck the patriarchy!

I digress. 💁🏾‍♀️ The storyline is top notch, no Cons from me. Very accurate portrayal of the obstacles a black female software engineer likely encounters in her career. Rochon is no Eric Jerome Dickey (may he RIP) or Sandra Brown, but, intimate scenes were on point. I’ll definitely be reading more of her work. Goodbook #40 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

StoryGraph Summary:

Samiah Brooks never thought she would be “that” girl. But a live tweet of a horrific date just revealed the painful truth: she’s been catfished by a three-timing jerk of a boyfriend. Suddenly Samiah-along with his two other “girlfriends,” London and Taylor-have gone viral online. Now the three new besties are making a pact to spend the next six months investing in themselves. No men, no dating, and no worrying about their relationship status . . .

For once Samiah is putting herself first, and that includes finally developing the app she’s always dreamed of creating. Which is the exact moment she meets the deliciously sexy, honey-eyed Daniel Collins at work. What are the chances? When it comes to love, there’s no such thing as a coincidence. But is Daniel really boyfriend material or is he maybe just a little too good to be true?

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