- Paperback: 316 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 25, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1475090714
- ISBN-13: 978-1475090710
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 39 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,111,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lime Paperback – July 25, 2012
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About the Author
Melda Beaty has published several articles in Black Issues in Higher Education, Illinois Committee on Black Concerns in Higher Education, In Search of Fatherhood Forum and Proud Parent Journal. Her previous book, My Soul to His Spirit: Soulful Expressions from Black Fathers to Their Daughters won the 2006 National Fresh Voices Award. She is also a writing and college consultant. Her business, College Bound Consulting, provides workshops on college personal statements, essay writing, college awareness and planning, and curriculum development. She has over 19 years of teaching college writing experience and earned degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Writing from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Illinois State University. Melda currently lives in Chicago with her gifted and beautiful daughters.
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This was two books in one: a story of the superficial fashion world with its focus on external beauty, and another story of how intelligent women get caught in bad relationships. Blending the two seemed to minimize the focus on abuse until near the end of the book. I would have liked to see more focus on AJ and her situation earlier on in the story and less on supermodels, parties and fashion shoots. It took too long to get to the point and once there, the book sped along toward the conclusion.
I found it disappointing that Lime never informed Nigel of her past since their relationship seemed to be healthy and loving. She was an intelligent and successful woman, yet she continued to ignore the damaging threats from Pepper as if they didn't exist. The strained relationship between Lime and her mother and how this was handled near the end of the book, seemed too easily resolved and left me wondering.
Like I said, I have mixed feeling about the book but it was an interesting read.
The relationship between Lime and her best friend A.J. was one of my favorite parts of this book. This author has done an exemplary job of reminding her readers that there are some bonds that are too strong to ever be broken. Because this friendship was written so well, at times it was almost like having two main characters that you could care about equally. For me, this made the book more interesting. Whereas sometimes, I fell first person was the wrong choice, in this case I think it was the only choice. Being able to get inside the head of the main character made this book what it is.
This is one of those books where you excuse yourself to the restroom just so you can sneak the kindle out and read a few more pages at work. Really, it is that good. When you aren't reading it, you are thinking about reading it.
There are some grammar mistakes in this book that range from the wrong form of a word being used to a word being left out of a sentence. I did not find that these were all that distracting, because the rest of the book was great enough to make up for it.
I did feel the ending of the book was not fully realized as it could have been. I am not one for the sappy endings and everyone is happy mentality, so I respect the author's decision to avoid that route. It was more that I felt this author created an amazing opening for the main character to really express everything she had learned and take the lesson further, especially after an incident with her best friend, and I didn't feel that by the end of the book that had been fully utilized.
In closing, I thought this was wonderful book for all women and I will certainly read further titles from this author. I highly recommend this book to everyone.
Lime is a great story of a woman's ability to achieve and then become so much more....
Lime is a supermodel with mesmerizing green eyes. She works in a world most of us know nothing about. Melba's ability to tell Lime's story from the beginning was simply wonderful. Her writing style is smooth, comfortable and she is a pure storyteller.
In Lime, Melda creates a complex character you would like to know. Lime is beautiful, yes but there is a lot more to her. She has had to deal with abandonment from her Mother, abuse from her husband, loneliness when her best friend AJ leaves for law school and through it all, smile pretty for the camera.
A second powerful storyline deals with the domestic violence her friend AJ is dealing with. How AJ's boyfriend starts as the light of her life and where it ends is a situation you will not forget.
There are so many reasons to read Lime. If you are in a Book Club you will find a lot to discuss after reading Lime as a group.
Enter Lime's world, for just a little while, you will be glad that you did.
I recommend this book to anyone who has been or is now being abused. I also recommend it to those who haven't been abused, it will give them an inside look at the life of the one's who are.
I was abused physically and mentally, the physical marks go away but the mental never do, that leads to trust issues and those carry over into future relationships.