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Single Girl Summer (Chi-Towne Fiction Books) Paperback – April 13, 2011
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"Single Girl Summer...is a breezy, enjoyable romp that will make you long for hot days and balmy nights in [Chicago]." -Kyra Kyles, Chicago Tribune RedEye
"Each character possesses her own plight that doesn't offset any other character, but compliments it." -Chivone Smith, Chicago Defender
"All three [characters] carry interesting stories and, my gosh, do they come with fun drama and baggage." -LaToya Cross, N'Digo
"Requesting Single Girl Summer The SEQUEL please. And that is all." -Zondra Hughes, Rolling Out
"A most enjoyable read"-Nikki Giovanni, Author and Poet
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Funny, but I've met this lady before on an isolated country road in the deep "SOUTH" sitting in her rocking chair waving as sporadic trucks passed by...
It was a simple stop to say "Hey" and "How u doing" but it turned me turning into a leprechaun as she filled my heart with GOLD. The various Mama Cherry's are the ladies who jointly raised the so-called male (and female) "prototypes" while planting a humble seed as they speak (insert Button's issue). There's nothing like that knowledge and prior experience that can address your biggest emotional crossroad about love and life like Mama Cherry did in very few words to Button. In hindsight, Mama Cherry brought home the point that Dawn was making all along that exploded at the Memorial Day party - that she had something substantial in someone. Both Dawn and Mama Cherry were saying the same but in a nostalgic way, Mama Cherry aimed at Buttons conscious for clarity so the choice was hers.
My next favorite or 'relate-able' character was indeed Henry who sounds like he's had a few Mama Cherry's in his past & possibly present...(which is why I can thoroughly relate to him the most). What's sad is there are several Henry's & Phillips out there who are overshadowed by with Rick's & Quarters who hurt the Dawn's who then think the Benjamin's are way out of their leagues!
A MUST read!!!!!
However, despite the fact that I "don't know Jack" about many of the decidedly American female middle class references to cultural artifacts like Chanel, boas, Burberry, spas, wraps, etc. that permeate the lives of the characters, I found Single Girl Summer to be rather consuming. I know I have a good read when I start carrying it around like a safety blanket in search of a free moment to read a little more - the movies (just in case I get there early), to bed each night, first thing in the morning. Actually, such reads are more like a "mistress" than a safety blanket :-) So what did I like about the book?
There was great character development that provided the basis for the intersections of the character's lives. The author built each character sufficiently independently so that we could always see them as individuals even in the midst of their sometimes intense interactions. Despite Button's "force of personality" and Dawn's impressive professional accomplishments and take control attitude, Meghan's strength and steadiness was always visible. Even the men, who were secondary to the story were fairly well developed with both positive and negative traits; refreshing balance in this regard.
I would be remiss if I did not give the author "big props" for capturing this beloved city called Chicago and these bomb a$$ summers!! If you live in Chicago, you get it. Read the book and you will want to "get a lil Chi in ya summer!" I also liked the set up to each chapter - text or email to set the stage.
From a more substantive and summary standpoint, it is a great read with good pace, incredible dialogue, tons of "girl drama" (but at all times plausible), nice imagery, pleasant and unpleasant surprises. I suspect this book will inspire many 20/30/40 somethings to pull together their own little crew to catch not only the joy of a wonderful Chicago summer, but also the love, support, honesty and growth that Button, Meghan and Dawn experienced together.
PS - You gotta love any character than can pull off the "third person" and not sound altogether loony!