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Flyy Girl Mass Market Paperback – August 7, 2001

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 505 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (August 7, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743218574
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743218573
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (412 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This unremarkable African American coming-of-age story, originally published by a small press in 1993 (as was Tyree's first novel, Capital City), tracks Tracy Ellison from her sixth birthday party in 1977 to her 17th birthday. Tracy grows up in the middle-class Philadelphia suburb of Germantown. The daughter of a pharmacist and a dietitian, she is pretty and intelligent, armed with solid self-esteem and a sassy mouth. Like most of her friends, she's also boy crazy, and readers watch as her physical maturation leads to increasing sexual activity. While experiencing the indulgent, hip-hop 1980s and the insidious effects of the cocaine economy that flourishes in black communities, Tracy must also come to terms with her parents' separation. Tyree captures black language as it is spoken among peers; like Terry Macmillan he uses scatological references without restraint. The conversation of youngsters caught in a highly pressured sexual atmosphere, test-driving their sexuality long before they're old enough for a license, is profane and vivid. The narrative flow is often disrupted by too many italics and slang-defining asides, and by a rocky imbalance between neutral narration and vernacular. The real problem here is a crucial lack of depth; even when Tracy's teenage chatter gives way to some soul-searching questions, the queries themselves and the answers to them are trite and superficial. Author tour.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

The dialog in this coming-of-age African American story by Tyree, who self-published two books before getting his big break, is some of the best this reviewer has read in a long time. Tyree has a way making each phrase of every conversation true to life, whether spoken by a child or an adult. The story begins at Tracy Ellison's sixth birthday party. We follow her through her parent's shaky marriage to grade school and high school. Although the story does not venture much beyond Tracey's boy-chasing escapades and an occasional side plot about her next-door-neighbor, Raheema, the book is an entertaining diversion. Tyree writes so well that readers will put up with Tracey, who is selfish and often unkind. The author captures growing up in the Eighties with a subtle and finely rendered backdrop of songs and mischief reminiscent of the era. This should be enough to keep folks reading to the mildly rushed ending while hoping that the nasty little "flyy girl," Tracy, learns a few lessons along the way. Recommended for large collections.?Shirley Gibson Coleman, Ann Arbor Dist. Lib., Mich.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Omar Tyree is a New York Times bestselling author, entrepreneur, journalist, screenwriter, and public speaker. A renowned business figure, he has published seventeen books, and his articles have been published in the Washington Post, Essence, Upscale, and the Washington Times.

Customer Reviews

And the book was just boring.
This was a good book to read if you like to read things that are "real".
I read this book over 5 years ago and I would gladly read it again.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By "misslove" on August 1, 2000
Format: Paperback
Flyy Girl engulfed me. Omar's account of the eighties was so thorough and in depth...the loose language, the flashy clothes, the `I'm better than you' attitude, was vivid and consistent. Tracy Ellison, the main character of Flyy Girl, is a year younger than me. So reading Flyy Girl took me back to my own youth, when I wore Coca Cola sweatshirts, Guess jeans, and so much gold that it would blind you. Subliminally, I went back to the `80s dances and parties. It was so refreshing to read.
What struck me most was the accuracy of the growing pains that the young female characters in Flyy Girl encountered. The profound peer pressure, the dubious dating game, and the ferocious family matters, were so in depth. Since Omar is a male writing about the internal feelings and thinking of growing girls, I was very impressed with the authenticity of Tracy and Raheema's feelings, confidence level, maturation level, and perspectives on issues. I also enjoyed Raheema's subplot....Tracy's lavish, spoiled, perfect life is one realm of female adolescence, then Raheema's overbearing, protected, and acrid environment is another aspect, yet the intermingling of such different upbringings made the story extremely real and alive to me. Plus the flagrant differences in their personalities enriched the dilemas in the novel. Lastly, I was impressed with the degree of growth that all the characters in the novel underwent. Tracy and her parents matured...Raheema and her family matured as well.
I'm just glad that I didn't have to wait for the sequel. It's out now, I've got it, and I'm reading it next. If you want a refreshing and real story, read Flyy Girl. This book is even good for some teenagers. Good job Omar.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "dst4lyfe" on June 22, 2000
Format: Paperback
I read "Do Right Man" and I really did not like it, so when my bookclub chose this one I was not excited about reading it. I have to admit that it caught my attention. About 10 years ago I could relate to this book on my level, but now that I have children, I see where Tracy's mother went wrong. Omar was on the money with the music, trends and fashions for the 80's! However, from the beginning Tracy had too much attitude and freedom. Unfortunately she was a product of a single parent family and that tends to cause more problems in itself. The book kept my attention and I routed for Tracy to see some the character for what they were worth. She finally caught on when she saw the demise of her friend, Mercedes. Sometimes it takes a shock to get us on the right track. Anyway, this was a decent book and Omar Tyree did a good job writing this book from a young girls perspective. It is not easy for a man to see things through the eyes of a young adolescent female. Hats off to you Mr. Tyree.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By K.Gu on June 9, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Why do other reviewers insist that this is a book that every young girl should read?

As a teacher, I'm doing some summer reading in order to prepare next year's curriculum for my high school urban literature and hip hop course. Sadly, this book will not make the cut. First, the dialogue was unbelievably simple, uninspired, and predictable. The plot was mostly an exploration into some fast girl's "kiddy porn" fantasy with Tracy having no "real" consequences for her random and uninhibited sexual endeavors (i.e. disease, pregnancy, jail time). I don't find that the book has any teachable themes to use for an intellectual discussion with my students. The entire course of the novel is repetitive, with page after page following Tracy as she attempts to seduce and mount the next attractive older boy in her neighborhood for money and gifts. Overall, the text will not keep the average intelligent mind satiated, and thus this is not a novel that I would recommend for any age level of reasonable maturity.

Even the turnaround that Tracy makes at the end isn't enough to redeem her character and unsuitable actions that permeated the first 400 pages. Only in the last 50 -75 pages does she learn a lesson on self-worth and begin to discover herself, and is it for this reason that we should send all of our daughters to the bookstore with cash in hand? Are we supposed to be moved by her sudden realization that she loved Victor, the drug dealer all along, and is willing to wait for his prison release so that they can get married? We can surely do better as teachers and parents then to encourage our little girls to "relate" to this coming of age tragedy where the main character still can't cut her ties with the poor influences in her life.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Yasmin Coleman on August 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
Flyy Girl, Omar Tyree's debut novel was a very entertaining, eye opening and enlightening read. Tyree provided an in-depth view about the realistic situations that young girls encounter in the streets of Urban America. Tyree did a good job of speaking from a female perspective especially that of a young female. I enjoyed reading about Tracy's escapades, RaRas vulnerability, and Jantel's dedication. I felt like I was back in the day...only it was doing the 70s. Even then, teenage girls were interested in dating, flyy clothes, and guys with money and bad rides. Although I must say that Tracy and her friends took it to a different level...a more gritty, street smart and immoral level. (As such, It leaves me to wonder what I will be store for in 2010 when my daughter comes of age and begins to date). While I didn't like the boyfriend flavor of the week theme, because it became a little redundant after the third boyfriend, I did enjoy watching Tracy mature with time and realize that there was more to life than being flyy. I saw Tracy as a spoiled youngster exploit into the teen years with much attitude, a vain personality, a materialistic girl, and sexual desires to boot. But then I also saw Tracy experience an awakening and as a result the love for self. While Flyy Girl was primarily Tracy's story there were secondary characters who were essential to the story along with their sub-plots. I enjoyed reading about Tracy's parents although I was disappointed in the actions of her father toward his family and to some extend the things that Tracy's mother allowed Tracy to get away with(ie expensive gifts from boys and no questions asked.Read more ›
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