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Dont Get Mad...Get Even [Kindle Edition]

J.L. Campbell
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Book Description

What choices do you have when you are abused, cheated on and left with a trail of broken promises? Don’t Get Mad…Get Even. Take an inside look at Jamaican culture and lifestyle through a collection of award-winning stories. You will laugh, cry and commiserate with a compelling cast of characters, who conquer their challenges in unique ways.

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  • File Size: 181 KB
  • Print Length: 72 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005OMBH7Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,867 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an enjoyable read October 27, 2011
By Sharif
Format:Kindle Edition
This short story collection was an enjoyable read. As the title promises, each story focuses on a character who's getting even against someone who didn't do right by him or her. This is mostly contemporary, but there's a touch of paranormal in this collection. I also enjoyed the setting of Jamaica and the patois interspersed throughout the book. J.L. Campbell is an author to watch out for. No matter how long each piece was, I was fully involved with the characters' thoughts and actions.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No Depth! October 13, 2012
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Don't Get Mad Get Even is a slow read. With a title as captivating as this one would think the book would be a page turner. It was the exact opposite as I struggled to turn every page. The characters lacked depth in most of the stories and extreme revenge was taken in situations where it wasn't called for.

In the first story, A Push in the Right Direction, Rita and Richard had a relationship that involved domestic violence where Richard was the abuser. It ultimately resulted in Rita using an opportune moment to kill him. Now I understand women that are beaten sometimes come to this conclusion, but in this book I didn't feel that Rita had a reason to do so. Why didn't she leave Richard? Why didn't she take her children and get out of that situation? Never once did the story say Rita tried to leave but was stalked or threaten by Richard to the point of filing for a restraining order. Never once did the story say that Richard put Rita in a situation where she was left with no choice but to take his life. It simply said he cheated on her, beat her from time to time, and a weird voice in her head (WHY?) told her to kill him so she did. This was violence met with revenge to an unnecessary and extreme degree.

In the next story, Conditional Surrender, Celia and Patrick made no sense to me at all. Soon into their relationship she found out he was a cheater and even though he fed her some lame story about his infidelity she believed him and married him. Then he treated her like his maid instead of his wife while he cheated with many women, some in their house, even in their bed all the while blaming her. Instead of leaving him, she stayed and then decided to send a letter to everyone exposing his cheating tendencies and then kill herself. WHY? That made no sense to me.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars J.L Is Master Of Her Craft October 18, 2011
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My Reading Experience

I loved this book so much for so many reasons, some of which I will try to articulate. It took me a while to even sit and write this review because I was so unsettled after reading the book.
I find myself at very odd times thinking about the characters in those stories and wondering what was going on in the author's mind when she wrote that. How do you explain how you enjoyed a book so emotionally dark and disturbing. Don't get me wrong, it is not heavy or violent in anyway but the stories did affect me emotionally and have definitely had a lasting impact on my mind.
After all, abusive relationships are not lighthearted topics, this book makes you think and wonder about those around you who for example, like Celia in Conditional Surrender, are trapped in loveless, abusive relationships as a result of their own ill-informed choices and even worse the choice she makes to exact get justice feels like anything but justice (which just broke my heart) or the two little girls in Sudden Emancipation, victims of the selfish and amoral acts of those meant to protect them.
I commend J.L for her uncanny ability of capturing life around her in such wonderful detail that in transposing it to " paper" she has you feeling as though it is you experiencing what the characters are going through.
I found Don't Get Mad...Get Even to be a thoroughly engaging read and an imperative addition to any library worth mentioning. Let me also say that as short as the stories in this collection are, they are in my opinion the personification of this well known adage: Dynamite comes in small packages.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't care for the stories August 15, 2013
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Was too sad to see these women accepting this treatment....Couldn't read more than 2 stories....was too far fectched, not interested in hearing about murder & suicide..
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars nooooo November 11, 2013
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Still haven't as attempted to finish reading cause it bores me almost to tears. Not a book I would recommend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Review August 4, 2013
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Did not like the diff stories. Dont care for short stories. Not real. A little boring. Stopped reading this one.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent collection for the avid reader December 28, 2011
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Twisted and sad the lives of the characters in these stories may be, but the energy of JL Campbell's skilful writing lifts them above that aspect.

Highly readable, they are a collection which is outstanding in every way. J L Campbell's novels also teem with the imagery and pathos which she displays so well in Don't Get Mad, Get Even.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not really September 16, 2013
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Didn't really like. Could've been better. I didn't get the last chapter in the book.There was no meaning to the last chapter
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars GWEN's Get even
Published 13 hours ago by GWENDOLYN BROWN
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It was ok it was not a real good read.
Published 2 days ago by Kristal Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars It was good
It was a good book, didn't expecting it to go that way.
Published 10 days ago by Tonora
2.0 out of 5 stars It was ok
It was ok. It could have had better endings. I guess that's why it was free. I wont complain to much.
Published 11 days ago by Trinia
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not what I expected.
Published 15 days ago by Ammina N Jones
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't get mad... Get Even
The book was a quick read. The first story was the best! Then it went down hill from there. Period!
Published 21 days ago by helm
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I like this book as well.
Published 22 days ago by Aunthanett Johnson
3.0 out of 5 stars Some short are great
It left you wanting more. Interested to see what happens next. Some of the short stories are great and I could have did without the others. Urgh
Published 28 days ago by Tladdy
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Pretty good short stories. Some were a little ridiculous but I enjoyed it.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice short stories
Nice short stories...I didn't really like how a couple of them ended...just left us hanging. but overall a nice read
Published 1 month ago by M'kynli
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More About the Author

J.L. Campbell is an award-winning Jamaican writer, who is always on the hunt for story-making material.

She writes romantic suspense, women's fiction and young adult novels. Campbell is the author of A Baker's Dozen-13 Steps to Distraction, Anya's Wish, Chasing Anya, Contraband, Christine's Odyssey, Dissolution, Distraction, Don't Get Mad...Get Even, Kicked to the Kerb, Retribution, Taming Celeste, Saving Sam and Hardware (written under the pen name Jayda McTyson).

She also writes non-fiction and is a certified editor.

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