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The Accidental Diva Paperback – May 3, 2005
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Word? Diva-licious Set in New York City in 1999, Williams's sparkling debut in the overcrowded and almost bitched-out chick-lit genre stars Billie Burke, a young African-American beauty editor who hasn't had sex in five years and is "wound tighter than 400-thread count sheets." Billie, along with close pals Renee, a hip book editor, and Vida, a hotshot publicist (with a rapper boyfriend named Git TaSteppin), inject a black Sex and the City vibe while invoking cultural clashes with caustic glee: "She no longer tried to understand the particular brand of white girl who felt compelled to use late-eighties 'homegirl' slang.... As if she might feel disoriented and at a cultural loss without a 'you go girl' in every exchange." Burke lives for her glam job with Du Jour, a top women's magazine with a predominantly white staff, when her uptown world is dizzily disrupted by downtown Jay Lane, an up-and-coming writer/performance artist and former street hustler. Lane's impoverished, complicated Fort Greene past collides with Burke's happy family history as they try to build a lasting relationship. Williams's gift for sexy if sometimes purple prose ("They were ravenous love junkies") and insider ear (" 'Moment' and 'situation' were industry speak for what was happening at that very second") save this energetic romance from being just another uptown girl meets downtown boy tale and signals the arrival of a sharp new talent.
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Billie Burke is the young, middle-class daughter of Louisiana parents. She has grown up never being comfortable with her parents' hippie lifestyle or confident about her own attractiveness. Now the beauty editor at the world famous New York magazine Du Jour, Billie's unpretentious aura, natural eloquence, and workplace savvy make her the prime candidate for a promotion. When she meets performance artist Jay Lane at his one-man show, both are smitten. Jay's past is full of unmentionables and a complicated history with a childhood friend. He finds it impossible to explain that relationship to Billie. Once the two finally meet, Jay is forced to explain his associations, and both are devastated by his dishonesty. Billie accepts a professional opportunity in London to escape her pain. Just as she is about to embark on a new career path, she is lectured about what is really important and encouraged to reconsider her plans and rethink her relationship with Jay. A well-written first novel about the joys and pains of the beauty industry. Lillian Lewis
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Tia Williams first book was a good, fun read. Her writing is clear and funny, the characters are thoroughly likeable, and the story was well developed and thorough. If it weren't for the almost random and porn-like sex scene on page 59 (and another one towards the end), and the constant celebrity name dropping, I don't think I would have a single complaint.
Here's the thing: I actually read magazines like the one that Billie works for in the book, including the several magazines that Tia Williams has worked for over the years. (I have been a Tia Williams fan myself, admiring her work in the otherwise whitebread world of the fashion industry.) I have been following the fabulous lives of supermodels and various beautiful people since I was in eighth grade. I spend plenty of time as the only fabulous black girl hanging out with fabulous white folks who sometimes make strange comments. I do air kiss my girlfriends, I can picture the Fendi and Coach bags that they carry, and I am thoroughly addicted to lip gloss. Thank goodness for that, because otherwise, the name dropping and industry references and conversations would have been totally lost on me. Either that, or totally annoying. I would not recommend this book to anyone who does not enjoy reading Elle, Vogue and the like.
And while I generally liked and admired Billie's character, I found some of her behavior a little strange. Maybe unbelievable. For instance, that a girl who had never been in love, hadn't had sex for five years, and who was described as intelligent, nerdy, careful, and practical, would suddenly get naked in the back seat of a taxi with a man that she had just met. Huh? I have no problems with "wild and wanton," but the rest of Billie Burke just does not fit with the wild, sex-crazed woman in these scenes.
Overall, the book was a fun read. It was well-written had a lot of funny and clever dialogue. The characters and the scenes did come to life. And if high fashion and air kisses don't annoy you, I think you'll enjoy this book, too.
Read the book and find out. A very slow start to the book but it soon picks up the pace. We get a good inside look at the beauty industry with all the "air kissing". The author Tia Williams did a superb job with the character Jay Lane"s background I felt Jay was a strong character we could all fall in love with. Maybe Tia should consider writing another story about him. Pandora/Tammy is the girl from Jay's past who is secretly in love with him and the poor guy is too blind to see it! Tia Williams expertise in the beauty industry has proved to be an asset in her writing of this story.
Ms. Williams has penned a novel with upbeat and fresh dialogue, humor, and that is just downright fun. I love the writing style.
Thanks for the read Tia! :)