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About the Author

Darren Coleman is the author of Before I Let Go and Don't Ever Wonder. A former elementary-school teacher, he is now a full-time writer and coaches in a youth football league. He lives in Bowie, Maryland.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Amistad (June 28, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060594861
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060594862
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,210,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tracy D. Cook on December 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
I just finished reading Darren Coleman's novel "Don't Ever Wonder", and I have to admit that it is a very gripping novel with three fascinating characters. There's Cory, the man in love with two sisters; Nate the "playa", who is dealing with guilt over the death of a close friend and seeks God to find forgiveness and a new way of life; and Brendan, the good guy who always seems to find himself in love with bad girls.

For a person who is looking for an African American novel with drama and plenty of scenes to steam up the reading glasses this might be the one for you, but for someone like myself, who is still trying to find a novel that presents African American males in a positive light and one that deal with African American male/female relationship in a point of view other than who can get someone's bed without damaging emotions or someone's self-respect, this one leaves me wanting, unfortunately like numerous others I have read. This is not an indictment of all African American novelists; I haven't read them all, not to mention other works that Mr. Coleman has written. Yet, as an African American male who is acutely aware of the challenges that we face a African American males, especially in the relationships with the women we love, it doesn't help, even for the sake of drama, to perpetuate the idea that all of us are either "dogs" or we have been hurt by sisters so much that it makes us want to be dogs.

As a Christian, I think Mr. Coleman's book does do us a service; it makes us aware of the fact that when a person does decide to make a committent to Christ, we who are established in the faith should try to nurture those who are new in their experience.
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I kind of felt there were a lot of hypocritical views in this book. On one hand, it's indicating that it's totally cool for a man to bed as many women as he wants, one the other, if a girl he's seeing is messing with anyone but him, it's wrong, and his friends must tell him. Also, it was good that they had a homosexual character in the story, but there was a part I found insulting. One of the guys' female friends was about to marry a man on the down low (bisexual most likely), so of course they had to expose and out him to her. And it was said, "No offense, but why can't these switch-hitters pick a team. I mean I know that you were a little confused, but all the confusion in the world doesn't make it right. They're killing our sistahs with that sick, selfish behavior." And the gay character actually agrees. Reminding you that the character you said it has been sleeping with multiple women, including two blood sisters, and I want to know what he's hinting at by "They're killing our sistahs with that sick, selfish behavior." If I could find a way to contact the author, I want to know. If anyone knows a way, tell me. Also a part where one of the main trio sleeps with the female best friend of one of the other guys, and this is so devastating for them for some reason now... Smh
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Mr. Coleman personifies clarity in his characters. He uses deep complex character with everyday people characteristics that appeal to anyone. While reading this book I went through a varied range of emotions, I laughed, cried, actualized and I even got angry, but I NEVER GOT BORED. The characters had dimensions and depths that kept me reading page after page. There were unexpected twists and turns around every corner, I could visualize everything as the plot thickened. This dynamic sequel to Before I Let Go was well worth the wait. It was hot , steamy, hilarious and beautifully written,it is always refreshing to see a man show some sensitivity in his work, women all over the globe can appreciate the realism and adversitiy that these characters showed with there issues. Thank You Mr. Coleman,I LOVED IT.
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I'm stunned by the number of 5* reviews this book received. If you're a fan of stories with a lack of characterization and no defined purpose or priorities...this one is for you!

Don't Ever Wonder is worse than Before I Let Go. Cory and Brendan's only focus was bedding as many women as possible with no regard for anything or anyone. I grew bored reading about the multiple women walking in and out of their lives and their juvenile masses of uncertainty. It was hard to keep track of the women in this story. Even Nate who was suddenly holy couldn't keep his libido under control or get his life on track. And to finally be told what Nate's profession was after any discussion of it had been strangely avoided fell out of place in the book, in my opinion. It wasn't a good fit. The author's feeble attempts at concrete story development were over-shadowed by ridiculous and unbelievable sub-plots. This book would be great if it wasn't for the fact that I've read so many other books of this genre that are much better and actually contain dramatic elements to keep the reader hooked.

I have to ask, did Darren Coleman really write Do or Die? That book was so fascinating. It's unbelievable that the same person could author this nonsense as well.
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