Top critical review
on September 8, 2015
Just As I Am is the third of E. Lynn Harris books I have read. While Basketball Jones was exciting and I totally did not see the ending coming, I can't say the same about Just As I Am. I enjoyed some of the characters. Kyle and his mother, Peaches, were my favorites. They had a close and lively relationship - they speak what is on their mind. This allows the reader to really get to know them - the good and the bad. I think the book had a good storyline - some happy points and some low valleys. But it doesn't compare to Basketball Jones (5 stars).
I gave this book 2 stars. What did I dislike about this book? First of all, the ending. It had a happy ending. While I appreciate an happy ending, I want to be on an emotional rollercoaster during the book and, then, most happy endings just don't fit the storyline. The character Nicole got on my last good nerve. I start disliking her towards the end of the book when it was discovered she was homophobia - after dating Raymond and then discovering he was bisexual. Next is Jared - of course, he gets together with Nicole. I am still not convinced Jared doesn't have some gay blood in him. Nicole and Jared relationship was too much like a fairytale to me - I actally skipped most of their chapters. I understand the next E. Lynn Harris book is about Nicole and Jared's relationship - that will be one book I will skip. I find them both boring so I am not interested in the development of their relationship.
Raymond and Basil's relationship was interesting. Like Basketball Jones, Basil, a football star, is trying to keep his relationship undercover. It will be interesting to see how their relationship unfolds (as long as I don't have hear/read anything more about Nicole). SPOILER ALERT: But the book has Raymond and Trent getting together. The story ended with a nice bow tied around it - too neat for my taste.