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"When the antisocial sommelier [Button Jackson] befriends recently divorced Meghan Cherry, and Dawn Martin, a top-gun attorney who's single and haplessly searching, the ladies' views on love, marriage and sisterhood catapult from awkward to awesome." -S. Tia Brown, Jet Magazine


"If Waiting to Exhale and Sex and the City procreated, the healthy, bouncing baby would read like Single Girl Summer. You'll live vicariously through Button, Dawn, and Meghan. Even if you've never set foot in Chicago, after reading this, you'll feel like a Chi-town native." -Lana Pipkins, thesavvysistah.com


"Single Girl Summer...is a breezy, enjoyable romp that will make you long for hot days and balmy nights in [Chicago]." -Kyra Kyles, Chicago Tribune RedEye

"Each character possesses her own plight that doesn't offset any other character, but compliments it." -Chivone Smith, Chicago Defender

"All three [characters] carry interesting stories and, my gosh, do they come with fun drama and baggage." -LaToya Cross, N'Digo

"Requesting Single Girl Summer The SEQUEL please. And that is all." -Zondra Hughes, Rolling Out

"A most enjoyable read"-Nikki Giovanni, Author and Poet

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Who are pregnant with possibility, 
Unrelentingly pursuing their passion, 
And producing nothing short of phenomenal.
The journey to manifestation 
Can be trying and exhausting, 
But don't ever stop.
We need your dreams and contributions; 
They make life so sweet,
Like a ripe, juicy peach on a hot summer day. 

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Product Details

  • Series: Chi-Towne Fiction Books
  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Chi-Towne Fiction (April 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935766139
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935766131
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,527,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Deanna Kimberly Burrell is a successful businesswoman, marketing maven, published author, and popular speaker. Her first book, Voted "Most Creative"- Perspectives on Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Happiness, is a collection of poems and essays that inspire creativity, growth, and self-expression.

Single Girl Summer is her first novel and it's more than just a story of sophisticated friends having fun in the big city. Single Girl Summer is a celebration of women - yes, their strengths and weaknesses but more than that, their ability to pull themselves up by their designer bootstraps.

Deanna has compiled her sage advice and life experiences into the following motivational seminars:

"Reinvention: My Journey from Corporate Zombie to Creative Writer"
"A Tribute to Black Women"
"Networking and Mentorship Success Strategies"
"The Art of Flirting"

Deanna's goal is to encourage everyone, especially women and students, to find their motivation and successfully pursue their dreams. She has been a prominent speaker at Milliken University, University of Illinois-Chicago, Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, the Chicago Public Library, and Chicago Public Schools. In addition, she has been the featured author at numerous book signing events (O'Hare airport, Azizi bookstore) and radio stations (WVON, WSRB, blogtalkradio).

To schedule Deanna to speak at your next event, email VotedMostCreative@gmail.com

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kim R. on June 23, 2011
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I just finished reading Single Girl Summer and I absolutley loved it! It's well written with at least one character you'll be able to relate to. It's a good, fun, quick read....perfect for the summer. Get it now, you won't regret it. I'm anxiously awaiting to see what this author does next.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By poderdelboligrafo on June 22, 2011
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Single Girl Summer is a wonderful mix of comedy, drama, and love. Once you begin reading it, you won't stop until you finish the whole book in one setting as I did! Do yourself and adult women in your life a favor and get a copy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Artize Henry (Male) on May 4, 2012
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The old saying, "Don't judge a book by its cover", holds value here. I thought this was a Man bashing Novel the first time I read the Cover, only to find out it wasn't. It allows you to walk in the everyday life of these women, and have deeper respect for their experiences. Its something both Men, Women, and anyone from any City, State, or Country can all Relate to. Its Very funny, Entertaining, and a great Read for all Women and Men alike.
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Mama Cherry in Chap 23, "True commitment is a bond strengthened on by intimacy, communication, common vision, respect, and loyalty."

Funny, but I've met this lady before on an isolated country road in the deep "SOUTH" sitting in her rocking chair waving as sporadic trucks passed by...

It was a simple stop to say "Hey" and "How u doing" but it turned me turning into a leprechaun as she filled my heart with GOLD. The various Mama Cherry's are the ladies who jointly raised the so-called male (and female) "prototypes" while planting a humble seed as they speak (insert Button's issue). There's nothing like that knowledge and prior experience that can address your biggest emotional crossroad about love and life like Mama Cherry did in very few words to Button. In hindsight, Mama Cherry brought home the point that Dawn was making all along that exploded at the Memorial Day party - that she had something substantial in someone. Both Dawn and Mama Cherry were saying the same but in a nostalgic way, Mama Cherry aimed at Buttons conscious for clarity so the choice was hers.

My next favorite or 'relate-able' character was indeed Henry who sounds like he's had a few Mama Cherry's in his past & possibly present...(which is why I can thoroughly relate to him the most). What's sad is there are several Henry's & Phillips out there who are overshadowed by with Rick's & Quarters who hurt the Dawn's who then think the Benjamin's are way out of their leagues!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By GG on May 18, 2012
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I loved loved loved this book! I read it in 1 day and sacrificed much needed sleep to finish it. I was inspired by the 3 main characters and could definitely related to their experiences. Button was a trip and I loved every minute of it. You do not find a woman like Button's character explored that much in black literature. She actually sought great relationships with women after having bad experiences in her past. Great job Deanna! Single Girl Summer here we come!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 23, 2011
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This is a well written book by first time author, Deanna Burrell!! The characters had depth and you can see a little bit of yourself in each one. The author made you really "see" Chicago even if you're not a native!! The story had many twists and turns and shows the true value of sisterhood and friendship! I can't wait to see what Ms. Burrell has in store for us next!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Clisby on September 15, 2011
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Just finished single girl summer on kindle. OMG, it was such a good read. Reminded me of my last summer with my girl friends 'the best summa eva'. including the soundtracks. I think everyone who enjoys fun, friends and a good time can relate to many aspects of the book.

A MUST read!!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michelle S. on October 24, 2011
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Buy this book! You will love it and pass it on to YOUR sista friends.
Wonderful characters with realistic issues. Issues of commitment, integrity, forgiveness and unconditional love. A sound track that made me remember why SUMMER is my favorite season of all!
Every "girl" resounded with me at some point in my life. I could understand the why's and why NOTS!
So, if you love a good book with a great message-this is the book for you. Loved this book!
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