Just Too Good to Be True and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $15.00
  • Save: $0.83 (6%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 4 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Just Too Good to Be True:... has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Very Good | Details
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Satisfaction Guaranteed; Shipped quickly; Paperback; Reprint Ed; Used, very good;
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Just Too Good to Be True: A Novel Paperback – June 30, 2009

130 customer reviews

See all 10 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$14.17
$4.99 $0.01
Unknown Binding
"Please retry"

The Little Paris Bookshop: A Novel by Nina George
"The Little Paris Bookshop" by Nina George
Set in a floating barge along the Seine, this novel is a love letter to books - and to the complicated, sometimes broken people who are healed by them. Learn more | See related books
$14.17 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Only 4 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

Just Too Good to Be True: A Novel + In My Father's House: A Novel + Basketball Jones
Price for all three: $34.09

Some of these items ship sooner than the others.

Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

Review

“Steamy, funny, and real.”
The News & Observer

“Harris is a great storyteller who knows how to tug on the heartstrings with wit and sensitivity.”
USA Today

“Harris's books are hot, in more ways than one.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer

“[E. Lynn Harris] tucks in plot twists bound to keep his readers turning pages late at night.” —The Washington Post

“The storyline involving the exploitation of star athletes—a hot-button topic to be sure—is excellent.”
Chicago Sun-Times

“Electrifying.... Widely entertaining and heartwarming.”
Urban Reviews

“What's got audiences hooked? Harris's unique spin on the ever-fascinating topics of identity, class, intimacy, sexuality, and friendship.”
Vibe

“Harris is a wonderful writer. His romantic scenes...are always touching.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“From naked cocktail parties to religious conundrums, Harris gives you just the right amount of raunchiness and redemption.”
Upscale

“E. Lynn Harris is the Beach Read King. All hail.”
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“Harris has stimulated a dialogue within the African-American community desperately needed for so long about the complicated issues of sexuality.”
Southern Voice

About the Author

E. Lynn Harris is a nine-time New York Times bestselling author. His work includes the memoir, What Becomes of the Brokenhearted, and the novels I Say a Little Prayer, A Love of My Own, Just as I Am, Any Way the Wind Blows, If This World Were Mine, and the classic Invisible Life. Harris divides his time between Atlanta, Georgia, and Fayetteville, Arkansas, home of his beloved college football team The Razorbacks.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor; Reprint edition (June 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385492731
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385492737
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #444,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

E. Lynn Harris (1955-2009) is the author of ten previous novels and the memoir What Becomes of the Brokenhearted. His recent novels Just Too Good to be True, I Say a Little Prayer, A Love of My Own, and Any Way the Wind Blows hit the bestseller lists in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and other publications. He founded the E. Lynn Harris Better Days Foundation, a nonprofit company that provides support to aspiring writers and artists.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Tangerine on July 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Brady Bledsoe is the apple of his mother Carmyn's eye. Since the day he was born she has been the devoted single parent who has managed to keep Brady on the right path especially since he wants to pursue playing pro football. A savy businesswoman of a prospering beauty salon and day spa in the ATL and a loyal christian to the man above, both have committed themselves to being a member of the "Celibate Circle" at church. Carmyn have some past secrets that involves her son that will be revealed. The question is will he forgive her transgressions?

Now that Brady is a senior at Central Georgia University he has been getting much attention on and off the field from sports agents, coaches, teammates, and fans. A candidate for the Heisman Trophy, he has not let his success go to his head or has he?

Brady meets Barrett Manning a transfer student he falls head over heels for, but Carmyn is not liking her one bit. She thinks Barrett is not who she proclaims to be or is she? Will the real Barrett Manning please stand up.

Just Too Good to Be True: A Novel is a good read that I enjoyed. Its a story full of secrets, lies, relationship between mother and son, and football. Its a little different for E. Lynn but exceptionally good all the same. A biblical verse that comes to mind while reading is "Train up a child the way he should go and he will not depart from it" and it was very well portrayed in this story. A handsome character from his previous books makes an appearance in this novel as well. This book is just too good to be true. Well done Mr. Harris.

Tangerine, Reviewer
Reader's Paradise Book Club
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Urban Reviews VINE VOICE on July 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Brady Bledsoe and his mother Carmyn have the perfect mother and son relationship. Carmyn is a single mother who owns several beauty salons and is a faithful church member. She is devoted to her son and shares his dream to become a professional football player. Brady has shared the same values as his mother, including joining a celibacy circle at church. Because of his hard work and dedication, Brady is now in his senior year in college and is a lead contender for the Heisman Trophy and a spot in the NFL. Things soon get complicated for Brady when a beautiful cheerleader named Barrett has her eyes on him and his potential multi-million dollar future. Will Brady be able to stay out of Barrett's clutches? Meanwhile, Carmyn is trying to keep Brady's eyes on the prize. Carmyn is also trying to desperately protect a secret that she has kept from Brady his whole life.

Just Too Good To Be True is an electrifying novel by E. Lynn Harris. Harris once again gives readers what they want by delivering a story that's full of drama and emotion. You get a bird's eye view of the wild and exciting world of a college football athlete. Brady is a complex character that you will root for. Although he does make a few mistakes along the way, you will see how Brady is still trying to stay on task for his future football career. You'll also feel for Carmyn as she tries to make amends for her past mistakes. Harris perfectly illustrated the strong mother and son relationship between Brady and Carmyn, which was refreshing. This author's novel wouldn't be complete without his signature plot twists that will have you flipping the pages. Just Too Good To Be True is widely entertaining and heartwarming. E. Lynn Harris has brought a novel that doesn't disappoint and will satisfy his legion of fans and will possibly gain a whole new fan base.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By M. J Soverall on August 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I eagerly purchased this book looking forward to another page turner from Mr. Harris, what I got instead was a book full of people who need psychiatric help. Camryn's obsession with her son's celibacy, to the point where she was lying to herself was just sick and weird also her son's need to pretend that he was perfect was also weird. WAAAYYY to wrapped up in each other's lives to be healthy. Mothers like that raise sons who are incapable of having relationships with anyone else without having Mommy call the shots. Ugh, I can't even finish it, I just put it down. I'll try the next one, but I'm done with this one.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By William E. Adams on October 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is my first book by this writer, and I picked it up because the dust jacket promised a "read" about family, faith and football...a winning combination, I thought. This story was good enough to stick it out to the end, but frankly, I found the main characters fairly unlikeable. The mom of one of the most talented major college football stars of 2005 has a public image of perfection and success. She has hidden a less perfect past and present from her son, and some of her secrets and deceptions seem quite unfair to him. The son, who has promised to be pure, has given in to a couple of temptations, which he hides from mom and the sports world which has taken an interest in him. The family's best friend spills a couple of their secrets foolishly to his new lover, and that gives an unscrupulous sports agent real leverage against the player. Kind of caught in the middle of all this is an overage hooker/cheerleader sent to seduce the player into signing with her adulterous boyfriend/agent. If you are interested, as I was, in learning some things you hadn't known about the pressures in big time college football, you may like the environment in which this novel is set. However, I just didn't really root for the characters I think the author wanted me to support. They are not evil, but it is hard to equate hypocrites with "heroes" either. And the final few pages seem rushed and inadequate to wrap up the story lines. The character I cheered for the most was a guy that mom dated, who ran a sandwich shop, and a man from her past who made a non-hypocritical success out of his life. The football presented here, while bearing little resemblance to reality, was more interesting than either this family, or the faith its members were supposed to possess.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Just Too Good to Be True: A Novel
This item: Just Too Good to Be True: A Novel
Price: $14.17
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com