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Power & Beauty: A Love Story of Life on the Streets Hardcover – October 18, 2011

4.1 out of 5 stars 159 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in the Power & Beauty Series

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Hip-hop artist Tip "T.I." Harris has received every acclaim the music world has to offer. Now, working with bestselling celebrity collaborator David Ritz, T.I. applies all his talent and experience to the world of fiction by creating the epic love story of Power and Beauty.

After the death of his mother, Charlotte, Paul “Power” Clay allows himself to be guided by Slim, a local businessman. Slim always has the best of everything, and Power is sure that if he learns Slim's ways, he'll make something of himself--and perhaps be worthy of Tanya “Beauty” Long. From Chicago to Miami to New York, through drugs, women, and violence, Power makes the difficult transition from boy to man and, in doing so, begins to question if those who have taught him--including Slim--truly have his best interests at heart.

Beauty has always known that the only person she can rely on is herself. After her mother died when she was eleven years old, she was adopted by close family friend Charlotte Clay. But with Charlotte's death, Beauty knows she's no longer safe and protected--especially as Power gets sucked into a new kind of life. As soon as she can, she turns her back on Atlanta--and the growing love she feels for Power--for a chance to make it in the Big Apple. With a successful fashion career on the horizon, Beauty takes New York by storm with her wit, business savvy, and breathtaking good looks. But she's never forgotten those she left behind. And when it becomes clear that Power needs her, Beauty will risk everything to save the man she loves.

About the Author

Tip "T.I." Harris is a Grammy Award-winning rapper, film and music producer, actor, and writer. He is the founder and co-chief executive officer of Grand Hustle Records, and he launched his film company, Grand Hustle Films, in 2007. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife.

David Ritz is the author of the acclaimed novels The Man Who Brought the Dodgers Back to Brooklyn and Blue Notes Under a Green Felt Hat. He is the only four-time winner of the Gleason Book of the Year Award. He's also co-written the memoirs of many celebrities.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (November 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062067656
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062067654
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #862,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. Schwenk VINE VOICE on October 24, 2011
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An HBO or Showtime TV series (or mini-series) is where this novel belongs. The book is more screenplay than novel. It ends with a cliffhanger, so we can be sure that a sequel is in the works.

There is enough explicit sex and foul language to repel the faint of heart and to ensure that this "screenplay" will never make it to network TV. On the other hand, there may be enough action, sex and money to ensure this series' success. The writing is plot-driven. The prose, while simple and lacking in any flourishes, does advance the plot line at "warp speed".

The story is told in the third person and, although the author tells you what the characters feel, the reader is never shown 'why'. The reader is not drawn in emotionally. Rather, the reader views the action at a distance - as in a TV show with no character development.

Beauty is a half Japanese- half black teenager who was adopted by Power's mom.
Power is black. The `book' begins when the pair's mother dies as a result of an explosion.

The night after their mother died, Power and Beauty did something that their mother had warned them against: they made love. This experience (we are told) was magic, and the two of them spent the next several years trying to recreate the experience of that night with other lovers. But no one could ever come close to matching what (we are told) Beauty and Power had with each other.

The two teenagers are separated shortly after that experience.

Both Power and Beauty occupy worlds so overblown by conspicuous money that it is spent like water. Private jets and gold cellphone enclosures that cost $33,000 abound.

The obsessive focus on money, how it's spent, and how much everything costs actually becomes tiresome. It is also unbelievable.
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Charlotte Clay is the mother of Power and adopted mother of her long lost best friend's daughter Beauty.Losing Charlotte in a fire at 16 years of age,Power and Beauty commit an act,during hours of grief,that they promise to never commit or speak of again.

Charles 'Slim' Simmons,Charlotte's employer,sends the teens mother home in an elaborate service.He takes the two in and gives them everything they want and need.Power accepts his generosity with open arms.Beauty is cautious and stand
offish.She sees Slim as an evil snake.She warns Power of the evilness Slim possesses.Power sees him as a generous guy that liked their mother and doing a good deed.

Beauty keeps her distance from Slim and flees to New York to fulfill her dream of becoming a fashion designer.Power stays,goes to school and learns tidbits of living the so called 'good life' from Slim.After losing a school election,Power decides he'll never attend school again.Slim agrees with him and sends him to friends to learn the game from some of the finest players that play in it.

As time goes on Power and Beauty stay separated without contact.They find themselves always dreaming of each other and thinking the secret they vow to keep.This secret has them connected yet disconnected.In their time apart they learn a lot from some of the most eccentric people there are.People who say Power and Beauty's futures are at the top of the priority list, but their own personal gains are what they really seek.

Slim loses it and everybody around him seems to meet their demise or disappear.He searches for Power and Beauty and finds them...Beauty finally contacts Power and again she warns him he's in danger at the hands of Slim...they agree to meet and at an arms length away Power is whisked away.
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I have to say I kept falling asleep on this book which is the first clue that I was not interested. I FINALLY finished the book and it was like eating a meal that you tasted but was not satisfied! This book was Horrible. It piggy backed off of Midnight (Sistah Souljah's book) in some places and really had no direction or "meaning". I am left to wonder what parts were writtten by T.I. and which by David. I bet I could guess though. My recommendation would be for T.I. to stick to Rapping and staying cute and leave the writing to real Authors.
P.S. The ending was super WHACK.
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I will preface this review by saying that I read urban fiction extensively, and I figured this would be in that genre, considering it was supposedly written by T.I. and claims to be a "gritty" tale. It is, in fact, not a gritty tale. It sounds like something a high school kid might write as a first attempt at a novel.

The main thing that irritated me is that all kinds of psychobabble is written into the story in regards to Power, the male protagonist. With overuse of big words and ten cent vocabulary, it's painful obvious that T.I. (or his ghostwriter) is trying too hard to add depth to the character. And Power has a thing for Beauty, the girl raised as his sister. The authors practically bash the reader over the head with that. Every chapter has some mention of how no other woman matches up to Beauty for Power, how he can't orgasm during sex without picturing Beauty's face, how he knows she was technically raised as his sister but he can't stop thinking about her, etc. These authors don't know how to spin a proper tale. You need to SHOW the readers these things through the action in the story, not just tell them about it over and over and over again ad nauseum!

It also seemed like they were trying too hard to throw vice into the story. The story vacillates between trying to sound like street fiction (i.e., the Miami scene where Power goes to work for drug dealer Renato "Sugar" Ruiz) and bad Mob stereotypes (the Irv Wasserman character and his whole Chicago scene), and oh, let's throw in some pop culture by mentioning a madam who runs an escort service and sounds suspiciously like Heidi Fleiss.
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