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Book Reviews 3--2003
2001-2004 Reading List
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These reviews are given by the members of S.S.O.L.B.C.----2003

Eden by Olympia Vernon
This story is told by 14 year old Maddy Dangerfield in the rural black community of Pyke County, Miss. She is sent to take of her aunt pip who is dying from breast cancer. Her mother is Faye Dangerfield who works as a maid for every white family in the county, but all her money goes to to her husband paying off his gambling debt. Her father Chevrolet is a compulsive gambler and womanizer who had sex with his sister in law. The novel deals with disease, racism and sexuality. This book was different from anything that I have ever read. Olympia Vernon is a remarkable writer. I am looking forward to reading more from her. On a scale of 1-5, I give it a 4.0
Review given by Sherita Nunn
Pick-Up Lines--A Novel by Michael T. Owens
"Pick-Up Lines" is a great novel. The title is somewhat deceiving. The title and the book cover led me to believe it was just a book of lines guys use to pick up girls. I'm glad I read the book and did not judge by it's title. It's actually a good book. Since I consider  Atlanta my second home (I visit the city often, and would to relocate there), I liked the fact the characters were from Atlanta. I could relate to the characters better because of that. It's a boy meets girl story with a dramatic, humorous, hip hop twist to it. Michael T. Owens is a great new author. I look forward to reading other books by Michael.
On a scale of 1 - 5, I give " Pick-Up Line" a 3.5
Review given by Collean
Windy City Dying
I will keep this short and sweet. The book was very interesting.  This is my first time reading one of her books, but it held my interest--I only had one slight problem reading and that is with the character--Lashawna---I could not figure her part out in the book.  On a scale of 1--5  I give the book a 3.0.
Review given by Vanessa

Chocalate Ship by Marissa Monteilh

This book is full of Infidelity, backstabbing and drama!! (My type of book). The main character of the book "Mia" was stupid at times and her boyfriend Miles was a jerk. The person I truly disliked the most was Winter-the cruise director. The captain of the ship and the owner of the cruise line--well--I don't know about them just yet. One of the downfalls about the book was how the author talked about what type of clothing everyone wore (which doesn't matter) and there were also a lots and lots of characters to keep up with. Overall the book was pretty good to me. If this is what is expected on a cruise you can count me in. On a scale of 1 - 5  I will give the book a 4.5.

Review given by Sherita

I Got Jokes and Anecdotes by John Pechacek

Have you ever just sat around and observed things and went "Hmmm"? I believe that is what Mr. Pechacek did when writing  this book.  I finished this book in one sitting. I really enjoyed the jokes and some of the sayings. My favorites were 'Shake It' and 'We All Got One'. If you want a good laugh I highly recommend this book. It kept me laughing and wondering the whole time I was reading it. It just goes to show you that the positive outweighs the negative. On a scale of 1 - 5,  I give it a 4.5----- Mr. Pechacek is a freelance sportswriter who has written for various newspapers in the Chicagoland area.

Use Me Or Lose Me by Maryann Reid

This was a very interesting love story.  Farah Washington and Lenox Whitworth are both using each other--Farah climbing the ladder to success on her job and Lenox using her to compliment him.  While playing this game they both fall in love, but fell to admit that each other.
My favorite character was Farah Washington--news anchor---wanting to be the star of a very popular news show.  She was very strong and independent, but had problems with keeping a man.
Every woman would love Lenox--he is tall, dark and handsome and very rich--a charmer and smooth operator with the women.
I like the book and out 1 to 5--rate it 3.5 .  The only thing I would change is Farah getting revenge on Ms. Myers--Lenox's aunt. 
Review given by Vanessa Cofield