- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Anchor; Reprint edition (June 30, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385492731
- ISBN-13: 978-0385492737
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 137 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #472,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.98 shipping
Just Too Good to Be True: A Novel Paperback – June 30, 2009
|New from||Used from|
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
“Steamy, funny, and real.”
—The News & Observer
“Harris is a great storyteller who knows how to tug on the heartstrings with wit and sensitivity.”
“Harris's books are hot, in more ways than one.”
—The Philadelphia Inquirer
“[E. Lynn Harris] tucks in plot twists bound to keep his readers turning pages late at night.” —The Washington Post
“The storyline involving the exploitation of star athletes—a hot-button topic to be sure—is excellent.”
“Electrifying.... Widely entertaining and heartwarming.”
“What's got audiences hooked? Harris's unique spin on the ever-fascinating topics of identity, class, intimacy, sexuality, and friendship.”
“Harris is a wonderful writer. His romantic scenes...are always touching.”
—San Francisco Chronicle
“From naked cocktail parties to religious conundrums, Harris gives you just the right amount of raunchiness and redemption.”
“E. Lynn Harris is the Beach Read King. All hail.”
—Fort Worth Star-Telegram
“Harris has stimulated a dialogue within the African-American community desperately needed for so long about the complicated issues of sexuality.”
About the Author
E. Lynn Harris is a nine-time New York Times bestselling author. His work includes the memoir, What Becomes of the Brokenhearted, and the novels I Say a Little Prayer, A Love of My Own, Just as I Am, Any Way the Wind Blows, If This World Were Mine, and the classic Invisible Life. Harris divides his time between Atlanta, Georgia, and Fayetteville, Arkansas, home of his beloved college football team The Razorbacks.
Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features:
Read reviews that mention
Showing 1-5 of 137 reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Great choice for any book club discussion. There are so many angles, characters and issues to discuss. A mother's love, how deep; was Carmyn protective, or just overboarad? Her story, though sad led her through so many levels of destruction. The lost of the man she loved due to the terrible lie told by Daphne, the jealous ex-girlfriend. The lost of the parents she loved, the old school parents, who allow for no mistakes as they often make the biggest mistakes of their lives. The lost of trust for fear that the pain of the past covered her as a cloud waiting to burst and rain on her life. As it did, for when we don't close chapters of our lives, no matter how difficult, they seem to add on making our book of life unbearable and forever a hushed secret.
I admired Carmyn's character although she had issues she had determination and strength. She had her weakened moments, maybe the result of guilt or maybe the desire to correct wrongs that she had not revealed. Taking on the friendship with May-Jean, a piece of work, and Shelby the girl whose life was mirroring hers. She learned to love again, let go and let be, it was late but she learned her son had to experience hurt, pain and love.
Barrett, Raquel, lived through pain too. She emerged from hurt, geared herself to hurt others to gain what she smoothed over as a necessity for her brother. She was seeking a healing in all the wrong places.
I was engrossed with how they all knew each other and yet they didn't know until Carmyn's cloud burst of rain fell on each of them. Brady, the young man who was too sheltered. He broke the vows set by his mother, based on her errors and pain, but he was chained to them mentally. Something I don't know if young men of today would allow. There love was special but in a peculiar way it hurt them both.
Harris did it again, and I have always read his books and ended them saying.....Wow. The possibilities of the story is what held me captive, especially in the world of sports, surrounded by love and those who love money. I could only wonder where Mr. Harris was headed as he once again brought in some of our favorite characters from his other novels......keeping the reader on the edge yearning for more.
In this book, Brady is the only child of Carmyn. Carmyn is estranged from her family because she refused to place Brady up for adoption after she thought she had been raped and could not figure out who his father was.
Brady is a big football star and Nico, an agent, wants him really badly. To bring Brady into the fold, he uses the feminine wilds of Barrett/Bethany/Raquel.
Just when Nico has Brady just where he wants him, Nico is busted.
The book was very good.
PROS: Excellent writing, interesting storyline, great character development
CONS: Brady's celibacy claim just was not believeable as it was written by Harris; the side characters (Shelby, Zander, Maybelline, Lita) could have been left out; they really added nothing to the story.
I heard Harris on Wendy Williams' show and he explained how some of his Arkansas students helped him write the dialogue for his characters. Perhaps that's why much of the dialogue was simply not believable. Worse than the dialogue, though, is that the characters in this book seem particularly one-dimentional. They do things that are simply not realistic and it's difficult to develop a real relationship with them.
I'll continue to read Harris, but after this book I won't be standing in line to have him autograph the next one.