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Schooling Carmen Paperback – January 6, 2012
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"...a great read." -- Jack Roberts, Host, Public Radio Network
"A rare blend of rich urban story-telling with a sensuous touch into the mind, body and soul." -- Trisha Thomas, Author of Nappily Ever After
"Beauty isnt what we see in the mirror...what one woman sacrificed to learn that powerful lesson. Inspirational." -- The Romance Readers Connection
"Cross quickly pulls her readers in...It's not Cross' style to do anything ordinary, or expected" -- Detroit Free Press
"Energetic..." -- Kirkus Reviews
"I recommend this book highly...I loved the way the author told this story...look forward to her next offering." -- RomanceInColor.com
"Inspiring. Kathleen Cross is an exceptional author who really brings her characters and novels to life." -- RomanceReaderAtHeart.com
"Moved me to more than tears...changed my outlook on life. Kathleen Cross will be added to my top-ten list." -- Tina Burns for The Road to Romance --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Publisher
An unforgettable story of hard life lessons, renewal, and new love from an important new voice in African-American fiction. Cross is a gifted, intelligent writer who creates extraordinary characters.
Schooling Carmen is sexy and smart, yet also thought-provoking and timely--with an intriguing touch of mystery. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Ms. DuPre would eventually come to a crossroad when she is humbled by a health issue that forces her to choose between her looks or her life. I enjoyed reading this book mainly because it points out that the most important aspects of life aren't superficial things like money, prestige or vanity.
Carmen Duprè, is a self absorbed and selfish woman, with some bigoted and seemingly heartless tendencies. It is easy to hate her from the start of the book. However, when Carmen is forced to face what, in her eyes, may be a possibly grim reality, she finds that there are more important things in life than looks. The book follows Carmen's transformation.
The author, Kathleen Cross, touches on many topics and addresses most of them fairly well in this intelligently written book. There are themes of race/ethnicity, family, appearances, bigotry, friendship, breast cancer, love, rape, and more.
The only issue that I had with this book is that I was never convinced by the romance angle of it. It never felt natural or fully developed. The two characters involved never really meshed.
Nevertheless, this is still a great read. I highly recommend it, even if you pay full price. I may go back and read Skin Deep now because of this book.
Note:originally posted on Goodreads.com ([...])
Schooling Carmen is an engaging novel by Kathleen Cross. It shows how you can find love and hope in unexpected places. This story also shows that sometimes people have to learn life's lessons the hard way. The reader will feel the transformation and self-actualization that Carmen experiences in this story. Kathleen Cross mixes unexpected characters and circumstances that makes this a truly delightful read.
Ms. Cross has written another book on things society dote (beauty...skin color) on. An eye opening story.