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This Can't be Life Paperback – August 1, 2011
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About the Author
Her talent for creating colorful, sexy, and humorous characters, coupled with relative, relatable, and sometimes even controversial topics brings her novels to life. Each page has you thirsting to know what happens next!
Shakara is currently working on the sequel to This Can t be Life
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Shakara's talent for creating colorful, sexy, and humorous characters, coupled with relative, relatable, and controversial topics brings her novels to life. Each page has you thirsting to know what happens next!
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Scarlett Brock (Don's & Diva book club)
The story was sprinkled with so much drama that I felt lost in the storytelling because so much was going on. My 3 star review might not be the fault of the author, but too many characters and issues are a bit challenging for me. It seemed the author wanted to touch on more issues then should be handled in one book: deaths, repressed memories, incest, alcoholism, religion, homosexuality and more. Let's take a look at the characters.
Simone Johnson continues to have the same dream night after night of a little girl and a man. She knows the little girl is in trouble at the hands of this man, but she is unable to see the faces and details. When will her mind release this trauma? Best friend Stacey was the relief this reader needed while trudging through the story. His one liners and comedy at times made me laugh out loud. I was excited when he met Tyron, but I was also shocked that he went for the terms of the relationship. Could he ever be a kept man? His heart says no, but the mind is a tricky thing. If you tell yourself something enough times, it becomes your reality.
Talise was my favorite character since her strength as a friend spoke volumes as Simone's BFF. When her mom told her that they were getting a divorce, I was worried how she would pass on that information to Simone, who was emotionally unstable to a degree. But like only Talise could do, she took care of business.Read more ›
Enter secondary characters Deon, Tyron, Malachi, and C. Banks who play significant roles in Simone, Talise, and Stacy's lives bringing drama, love, sex, pain, and heartbreak.
The term, "If it looks too good to be true...it is" comes to mind here as each friend is put through the emotional wringer while trying to get to that place of forgiveness, leave the past behind, and move forward into a bright loving future. But for a number of reasons that you'll see as you read this story, leaving emotional baggage behind and starting a fresh is not easy accomplish when you find out your whole life has been based on lies, and your future seems to be running along the same lines!
So let me discuss the character Deon. At first I liked him but he listened to Byron's foolishness without hearing the other side of the story! Then the tragedy dealt him a serious blow! BUT the reader wasn't given the scene at the Playstation party where Simone says she told him off!! I felt that scene was relevant to the story and should have been developed.
"This Can't Be Life" is an excellent read! Full of twist, turns and emotional shocks!!!
If author Shakara Cannon continues to develop interesting characters and choose very carefully which scenes to fully develop and which to play down, the follow up will be a blockbuster!
A highly recommended read.
My review is based on a pre-published galley provided by the author.
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This has got to be one of the best books I've ever read. I wish the author, Shakara Cannon would put out more books. I would love to read other books by this author.Published 1 month ago by Antoinette
I really enjoyed this book volume 1 & 2. This is a must read book! I suggest this book for my book club made up some question of my own. This is one of my top books this year.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is totally awesome. I love all the characters drama drama drama what more could you ask for in a great read.Published 4 months ago by Terrie L. Blackledge
Easy read kept my attention. Characters were interesting. Ended too quickly and left me hanging. Can't wait to read the sequelPublished 4 months ago by Stephanie L Hale
Loved it from beginning to end a must-read it keeps you wanting more and leave you wanting more can't wait to read the follow-upPublished 6 months ago by Anita Hill