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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st edition (June 16, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312328796
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312328795
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,290,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Harlem, a 26-year-old bookstore and cafe owner in Columbus, Ohio, has a well-earned hard-nosed view of life. Her drug-addicted mother abandoned her, and her father died in prison. Her grandmother eventually took her in but died shortly thereafter, leaving Harlem with a house and the funds to open her own business. Until she met Morgan, a college student selling magazines door-to-door, Harlem had no real friends. The two went into business together and shared a life of young single women, dodging the hustlers and drug dealers while looking for love. Morgan, a magnet for the wrong kind of man, is the only one who knows Harlem's vulnerabilities. When two handsome men come into the store and Harlem is too cool to stake a claim on the one she really wants, the couples end up mismatched with rising tensions as the relationships ebb and flow, until they are tested by tragedy. Fans of urban literature will love this novel, but some readers might find the sex and violence too graphic and the language too rough. Vanessa Bush
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“The best urban tale since The Coldest Winter Ever.”
---Erykah Badu, Grammy Award Winner

“Finally, a tale about truly surviving the streets. If I Ruled the World is the epitome of hip-hop fiction.”
---Mix Master Ice, legendary DJ, Hip-Hop Hall of Fame

“A well-written, street, gritty tale. This stellar novel is sure to be the bestselling urban book of 2005.”
---Crystal Lacey Winslow, author of The Criss Cross and Life, Love & Loneliness

Customer Reviews

One of the best books I've read this year, it's in my top 10 for sho!
Michelle
I have to agree with Erica badou it is the best book I have read since Coldest Winter Ever.
addicted reader
I felt like I was right there in the story with the life-like characters.
LOCKSIE

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kenny Knows on January 26, 2006
Format: Paperback
My little sister read this book first and told me it was good. Maybe my expectations were a little high because this book was dubbed "The best urban tale since The Coldest Winter Ever." Being that I loved Sistah Soulah's book I was amped to read Joylynn's book. It started off good, and I thought it would get even better but it flattenned out. Harlem's journey through life was mundane compared to Winter's. Almost every twist in this book was predictable. The whole "Jazzy ALMOST being related to her" was corny to me. Harlem did what she did in the woods without a single person ever finding out????? I mean come on. "The Coldest Winter Ever" stands out to me, this book gets lumped in with everything else if you ask me. "The Coldest Winter Ever" was a 400 page, page turner. This book had Harlem being a tuff talker using phrases like "get to steppin" like its 1995. There was no Santiaga, no Midnight, the crackhead mother in this book is less realistic than Mrs. Santiaga. To get to the point this book was just OK, a borrow not a buy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ms. J on August 20, 2005
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I am an avid reader of African American contemporary fiction. But as much as I love to read, most of the books are predictable and the story lines are pretty much the same. But this one totally caught me off guard. I have not shed a tear while reading a book in years and I defintely got emotional while reading this book. Yeah, some parts were just like all the others, but JOY did her THANG and added a remix to her writing that was refreshing and needed in the market today. Happy reading!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michelle VINE VOICE on June 25, 2005
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Joy, you did your thing on this one! I finished this book in under 48 hours, it was so real! As soon as I got it, I put the other book down I was reading and started this one! One of the best books I've read this year, it's in my top 10 for sho! I won't tell the story, but it's a real good read. I'd give it 10 stars if I could.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Louise on March 8, 2006
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Imagine yourself as a little girl watching the world around you go from happy to sad to miserable. Without her mother's smile, her daddy's embrace and her little brother's giggles, Harlem soon realizes that she has to learn the art of survival. Tossed from bad to situation to another bad situation, Harlem grates into her soul that it is her against the world.

After years of holding in her anger and tears she is finally on top with her best friend Morgan by her side. As the bell chimes and the door opens, Harlem finds herself introduced to yet another situation, Jazzy and York. Jazzy is smoother than anyone she's ever known and York has that boldness that she is attracted to. Will Harlem's decision either make or break her?

4.5
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JustLovHer on September 21, 2005
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Captivating from page one; this is by far the best book I've read all year. Harlem wasn't your typically street-girl-done-come-up character. Her mentality was unique. The girl was classy beyond words and wise beyond her years but with a hint of ghettoism when she needed it the most. I read this book in less than a day. When I wasn't completely shocked, I was laughing with exhilaration or crying with heartbreak. Here's a story that forced me to take a closer look at my own life and uncover a personal hidden strength for what God has in store. It's too good of a book for me to tell the storyline so go out and support this amazing author by buying it yourself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Althea Washington on September 26, 2005
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I loved this story.Harlem went through so much with her mother and her love life and with her best friend Morgan,but she made it through.It was like she almost felt she couldn't get through it,but like we all learn in life you have to go through some rain to finally get the sunshine.I don't want to give away to much of the story because Y'all need to get this book.I loved this book so much I even wanted a sequel,but let me say this,the story is great as is and if Ms. Joy ever decides to do a sequel I will be the first one in line for the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dakota on July 1, 2005
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I read this book in four hours!!! Even though I woke up late the next morning from being up half the night reading If I Ruled the World, it was worth it. The plot was fast-paced, and I could definitely identify with Harlem. Don't sleep on this one readers!!!! I can't wait to read more from this excellent author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LADYSCORPIO on August 18, 2005
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I won't take much of you time bout the book......Cause It's a must read you would not put it down. It's hott like that and that you will not be disappointed...It's and page turner and you get your money Ms.Joy is nice like that.

Kim From Brooklyn, New York
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