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Dippin' My Spoon Unknown Binding – 2000
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Taking from the back of the novel, DIPPIN' MY SPOON:
Amber LaReaux has it all under control. A new and exciting life is on the horizon and she is happy. Or is she? Amber quickly discovers a horrible truth about her friends and is thrust into a maze of distrust and violence that leaves the reader guessing until the very end.
The entire premise of the story fell apart for me from the start, with Amber being a case manager at a facility that offered psychological and psychiatric assistance, and yet, not once was she able to see any of the drama that unfolded around her. I know we as humans have a way of lending a blind eye to our own problems, but I just couldn't take it to THIS extreme. By the end of the book I was just like, Amber...dang..you dumb, and you need to give back them degrees from which they came.
There were also several inconsistencies throughout the novel...one particular was Amber's own "personality" switch ups in the novel...one minute, I'm assuming she's a shy woman, and next, she's downright rude to her "friend" Che or someone else and the switch-up was too often...and eventually aggravated me.
This is the second book I read recently where romance played a key part in the story, and yet the romantic element was drier than a Mohave Desert...I didn't feel them at all, and had hoped to see more feelings and UMMPH between the characters that proved there might had been a spark between them.
Umm, to those who read the book..and may read it in the future...whatever happened to ol' girl's ex, Tyler?...and um, the destruction of her place...who did it? I assume I know, but well..the book never really says.
My last thought on DIPPIN' for this review...one thing that really turned me off about DIPPIN' was the lack of dialogue. I love to hear people speak, and I feel one can learn a lot about a character through what they say, instead of a writer TELLING us what they think. The reader often knows EVERYTHING before Amber, and therefore, we might see her as stupid for continuing through the relationships she went through. You don't have to tell me someone's a dog, and that this one is a sinner, let me see it through their actions...their dialogue.
Overall, DIPPIN' MY SPOON does hold some entertainment value...Amber's conniving "friend" Che alone is mean enough to want to read about...oh yea, and Malik, best character of the book...would have been great to have his character more brought out. I do think...and this is just my own opinion...that a rewrite and more pages with dialogue, would make this a really nice book...the last chapter or so had drama unfolding left and right...and if clues had been incorporated throughout the book leading up to the climactic ending...it would have definitely made a difference in my review.
The book goes from scene to scene showing Amber's inability to discern true friendship from reality as she slowly comes to the realization that a lot of the people in her life aren't what they seem. She seems to take things in stride and accept the punches that are thrown at her without much question or debate. The near-ending comes totally unexpected and will leave you wondering what's going to happen next, yet it teaches the lesson that we must always go inside ourselves to find the truth. Now, personally, I would've been giving some beat-downs, but I loved some of the interactions with the characters. Yet, I found Amber's attitude (acceptance of things) a bit ironic because of her field of study. One would have expected her to be a bit more in tune to what was going on around her and have folks pegged, yet she seemed oblivious to everything as she battled her own demons and worked on being HER instead of who and what everyone else wanted her to be.
The end result? Amber comes to terms with her shortcomings, with her relationships, and in the end, she goes deep inside herself and comes out with a keener sense of HER!
I think Amber learned some valuable lessons ! Things are not always as they seem ! I wondered if it was possible for Amber and Tyler to get it together again but soon found out it was not so ! Especially after what he did to her that would have been hard to go back to ! I was glad he finally got his life together and moved on ! David was a bad choice I could soon see thru him and wondered if the love she had for him was really that blind ! I was hoping Amber would finally wake up to see thru his lies there were just to many!It was apparent after a while he was not the one ! He had to many lies and secrets not willing to share ! I was not to sure about Malk been the one either, even though I thought he was a very good friend to Amaber ! Which brings me to Che' she was certainly not the friend Amber thought she was and I wondered why it took her so long to see her for what she was ! I really would have liked to have see more of Amber and Malik's relationship ! He was guiding her to the right road ! Was it love or a guilty feeling for Amber ! I guess not knowing what happened in the four years makes it hard to really know ! Being on the outside looking in I could not see it !
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