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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
From the Inside Flap
Who are pregnant with possibility,
Unrelentingly pursuing their passion,
And producing nothing short of phenomenal.
The journey to manifestation
Can be trying and exhausting,
But don't ever stop.
We need your dreams and contributions;
They make life so sweet,
Like a ripe, juicy peach on a hot summer day.
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Button,a successful restaurant owner that has no girlfriends. She has a lot of men who would love to be with her like Henry but she doesn't have no love for him. All men are dogs and all women are out to get each other and not be trusted.
Dawn,a successful lawyer who is committed to a man that every other woman wants. She desperately wants a committed relationship unlike Button.
Meghan is a bitter, divorce woman who hates her cheating, lying ex husband who left her penniless and an emotional wreck.
This book was enjoyable and realistic. I can relate to all the characters and be their friends. While reading the book, sometimes I really thought I was in the book and was talking out loud to the characters, laughing, and some I was ready to shake and slap.
I want to have my own Single Girl Summer and I can't wait for book 2. I love the characters. Women uplifting other women was inspirational and I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!
The more I read, the more I enjoyed and didn't want to put it down or for it to end. The author did a good job on the real life situations of each woman that I could relate to.
This was well written by an author I never heard of but will in the future definitely read again. Waiting for book 2.
Highly recommend and give 5 stars.
This book also makes an excellent party theme and I would encourage any ladies reading it to put together a girl's night or book club theme based on it. If you're in the Chicago area invite Deanna! She really does come and appreciates her fans. I highly recommend this book!
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!
The only negatives are the jarring intraparagraph shifts from third person to first person and the constant reliance on dialogue to convey information.
Grab a sangria, sit in the sun and devour this novel!