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Dare Paperback – December 11, 2007
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"Abiola Abrams' debut is like a breath of fresh air for young fiction and the depiction of women in hip hop. Finally, the world will see the conflicted struggles of ladies in the rap biz in a way that women in hip hop have known and understood for years." -- Raqiyah Mays, Writer/Radio Personality on Hot 97 & 98.7 Kiss FM
"Abrams uses the mystery, bling and oft times violence of the hip-hop world, the rapper's delight, if you will, as a backdrop for a strangely twisted coming of age story. Sometimes lovers, both old and new, don't know what to make of a caterpillar's transformation into a butterfly. Neither do friends, for that matter. But what happens when a woman looks around, finds herself hiding in a corner, and coaxes herself out to play? Now that's the stuff good books are made of. Taking a DARE doesn't get any more enlightening than this." -- The Rawsistaz Reviewers
"DARE is the first novel by Abiola Abrams, who is also a filmmaker and a pretty dynamic sister. The book is a hip-hop retelling of Faust, but as Abrams acutely describes, it's about "finding love and finding yourself." I thought this book was dope for several reasons. Including: 1) It represents what great hip-hop fiction can be: smart, edgy, hip-hop inspired, but not just hip-hop, empowering, and provocative. 2) It's a great story about living life, not just existing, and makes you think about your own journey thus far. 3) It's fun and entertaining." -- AOL Black Voices
"Filmmaker Abiola Abrams blends literary and hip hop sensibilities for a daring debut." -- Upscale Magazine
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But love is thicker than disagreements and the bonds of sisterhood are strong between these two sister-friends. When Athena's Mom becomes ill and Athena cannot make the rapper audition of a lifetime, Maya comes and does Athena's audition.
When Maya's audacity causes her to win, Athena convinces her to take a sabbatical from her job and continue the ruse until they can get things straightened out and get Athena her chance to shine.
Maya thinks she's crazy, til Athena DARES her. Now, these two women aren't children, but Maya can't refuse that dare.
"Dare" is a beautifully written book by a woman whose soul is full of light and who obviously wants to brighten up her reader's lives, too. You not only get a heart-rending tale of a strong woman's life, you get life lesson's as well. Abiola Abrams has filled "Dare" with personal dares that will change your life if you open yourself up to them--one of these is a "Beauty Day". No, this isn't pampering at the spa, it's noticing and acknowledging beauty everywhere.
Ms. Abrams writes with the rhymic beauty of both a musician and a poet. Her imagery is strong with color and sensory impressions. Scenes from "Dare" will bring tears to your eyes and leave you laughing and cheering.
You don't have to love rap or hip hop to love this book. You do need poetry in your soul and be willing to open up and learn--because Maya does have some amazing insights into life in general.Read more ›
Maya clashes with superficial celebrities, deceitful insiders, the media machine and her own self-esteem on a sordid Hip Hop tour of self-discovery from the female perspective. The truths among the lies in the Rap game have never been disclosed so insightfully--with thought-provoking portrayals and captivating narrative. Abrams' breakaway debut novel is a chart-topping, champagne popping, heel-clicking adventure you wouldn't Dare ignore!
Eventually what got me though, was the heart of the book. I really felt for the characters and their ordeals. Very well written too. I loved the poetry and rhymes. Maya was a true survivor!!! Hot! And the Toni Morrison, Alice Walker and Maya Angelou hidden references-- double hot!
We need to Dare ourselves to live better lives/have fun, so that we don't look back at our past with regret.
Maya and Athena were friends and roommates, but were total opposites. Maya was a sociology nut who enjoyed activism, writing poetry, conducting trivial experiments dealing with human condition and tendencies, and battling demons that kept her from being at peace in life. Athena, an ex-cheerleader, was all about how she could make her next dollar or meet her next bedmate. Since none of her get-rich-quick schemes panned out, she returned to her love of rap. However, Maya had beef with hip-hop.
Athena was set to audition for Shell the Boy Wonder, but circumstances made her ask Maya to stand in for her. Though Maya was apprehensive, she knew all of Athena's rhymes and decided she had to be there in her friend's time of need. She nailed the audition and Maya, as we knew her, ceased to exist. Reborn as Jezebel, she coerced herself to embrace this new endeavor under the guise of another sociological experiment until the truth could be revealed. This truth would put the real rapper on the pedestal she deserved, but when the ugliness of fortune and fame arose, would Maya be able to make a successful transition? Or would the lifestyle hand her the successful existence, tranquility, and love she sought while she was a simple civilian?
Abrams' has written a great, thought-provoking debut novel. Her writing is fresh and witty and her characters are lively and engaging. Dare's plot is strong and without question, realistic.Read more ›
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Read it.....Love it.... You'll have to purchase it to understand! I can say that when you read a book, you SHOULD walk away feeling you have received something from it. Read morePublished on March 29, 2014 by tinzley
I had to read this for a class believe it or not! And I actually loved it. I would absolutely recommend this book for anyone its one of those books that you cant put down. Read morePublished on October 24, 2012 by Lover of Books
Maya Hope was hopeless. After she left her fiancé, her world and her life seemed doomed to failure. Read morePublished on August 14, 2008 by Authors On The Rise
I ordered this book, not really knowing what to expect. I LOVE it! I haven't finished yet, and I had to stop long enough to write this review. That's how good the book is. Read morePublished on July 26, 2008 by T. Griffith
WHILE IT HAD A SOMEWHAT GOOD SYNOPSIS AND THE CHARACTERS WERE PAINTED PRETTY WELL AND WITH GREAT IMAGINATION, THIS BOOK IS A MESS. Read morePublished on April 11, 2008 by TheIslandReader
This cover of this book is nice and so is the title, but Dare didnt do it for me at all. The characters are colorful and this book had so much potential to be good. Read morePublished on March 22, 2008 by Amazon Customer
Maya Hope a jazz lover, sociologist, and political activist. Her roommate and best friend Athena Jackson likes hip-hop music and is trying to desperately break into the music... Read morePublished on March 5, 2008 by Urban Reviews
I've been a fan of Abiola's since her podcasting days. When I heard she had a novel out, I wasn't surprised - her creativity sprouts in so many directions! Read morePublished on February 20, 2008 by Kathy Cano-Murillo