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, July 18, 2010
This review is from: Full Figured: Carl Weber Presents (Paperback)
"Full Figured: Plus Size Divas" is what appears to be the first of a series of books in which the heroines are full-figured women. For that, I am hopeful and appreciative as too many books today aren't practical as the average American woman is a size 12, but according to some reports now a 14. So with the first of more to come, Carl Weber went with two authors with resumes guaranteed to bring the drama.
Brenda Hampton's `Who Ya Wit' features Desa Rae Jenkins. At forty and recently divorced, Desa Rae is getting accustomed to life as a working divorcee and parent of an almost grown son. Her world is shook when she meets a 24-year-old man/child, Roc. Tall, dark and delicious, Roc awakens in Desa what she's been missing with his thug passion. But he also introduces her to a darker world she doesn't want to know. Does this May-December romance stand a chance?
LaJill Hunt's `Seven Year Itch' according to the synopsis was supposed to be about Etienne and Major (and Vaughn); however, the characters in the story were Avery and Duke (and Kurt). C'mon now, Urban Books! Really? Anywho...Duke used to run the very streets where he and Avery now reside. A good girl on the right track, Avery made Duke give up his street ways and go legit if he wanted to be with her. And he did. Now, seven years later, as Avery is still moving upward with higher education and a promising career, Duke seems to be complacent with where they are. Moving in different directions, has their relationship run its course?
What makes an anthology good? For me, first, I would say a central theme that runs through all the stories. Though this is presented with a full-figured theme, that fact seems to either have gotten lost under other themes and drama or was a second thought. Yes, both authors featured plus size divas, but it was not as prominent or key to the plot as I would have liked. This book could have easily, and probably more appropriately, been billed as being about relationships where opposites attract.
Disappointingly, "Full Figured" is not what I expected or hoped for. I have read better by both authors. One story had too many variables, while the other didn't come full circle, leaving this reader with questions about what wasn't addressed and why. I could not connect with the characters of one story, neither admiring nor pitying them, while I didn't learn enough about characters in the other. One story had too much drama, while the other may have not had enough.
Neither story is a bad read, but they are nothing fresh or new. I don't see myself recommending this to others. As I stated before, I've read better by both authors and look forward to each of their own next full-length novels.
Kudos to Urban Books for taking a step to practicality, but tighten up the editing (coworkers), make sure the stories are more cohesive and get some better covers.
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