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Reviews 5-- 2004

These reviews are given by the S.S.O.L.B.C.    2004

Life Can Definetly Kick Your Ass: Here Comes AIDS and HIV, by Victoria Warren. 
 
 It was good book, but kind of depressing, especially after having a brother die of AIDS.  I could definetly relate to the character, Shanna and how she felt about her sister Desiree having HIV/AIDS.  You feel helpless and hopeless.  There's nothing that you can do about the situation but try to comfort and be there for the person that's infected with it.  I think that women need to be extremely careful and cautious when it comes to dealing with men and sex, that holds the same for men as well when dealing with women; even though the book is fiction, the story that it's telling happens everyday---someone is infected with and dying from AIDS/HIV. This was most definately an eye opener.
 
The only thing that I didn't like about the writing is that the author tended to give every detail about every movement that the character made.  That got on my nerves.
 
Review given by Sharon
 
Loving You Is Wrong by Alisha Yvonne
 
Holiday Simmons is a 33 year old single mother who is also a sr. financial analyst for an insurance company. Holiday shares with us her tale of  why the best of two worlds isn't what it is cracked up to be. What started out as three friends going out for a night on the town ended up being a three way love affair.
 
Roman and Lance are Holiday's former colleages. The gentleman are the best of friends, but they are like night and day. Roman is a smooth talking, sauve and handsome man--but he is also a womanizer. Lance is a gentle, kind and sexy man who will make any woman very happy Holiday will get a chance to see exactly what kind of men they both are.
 
Loving You Is Wrong is a tale of suspense, friendship and deception. It is a page turner that will surely keep you on the edge of your seat, a must read for all book clubs. Alisha Yvonne is truly a remarkable writer and in her debut novel she will prove that to you. I am looking forward to reading more from Alisha in the future. 
Review given by Sherita Nunn
 
Thugs Are For Fun by J. Gail
 
Jacy Thomas is a vibrant young black woman - beautiful, smart, tough but sweet, she goes through endless dramas with the men in her life. She tries to keep things in perspective, but its hard when shes constantly faced with disrespectful brothas who only try to take advantage, stalk or mislead her.

Jacy then meets roughneck Rich Wilkins. He is a drug dealer who runs the streets of his hometown in Philadelphia. She only wants to be friends with Rich, but he wants Jacy to be his future wife.
 
This story takes you on a journey in the life of Jacy; a native of New Jersey and a college educated woman who is trying to make a life for herself in a new city without the help of anyone else. It also shows you what it is like to be the girlfriend of a drug dealer. You will also get a chance to meet some of the other men in Jacy's life plus a host of others. This was an enjoyable read from the begining to the end.
Review given by Sherita Nunn
 
Property by Valerie Martin

The year is 1828, the setting a Louisiana sugar plantation where Manon Gaudet ---- pretty, intelligent and montrously self absorbed --- seethes under the dominion of her boorish husband. In particular she resents  his relationship with her slave Sarah, who is both his victim and his mistress.
Property was a very fascinating read.  Reading this novel puts you inside the minds of  slaves and their owners. This was my very first time reading anything by Valerie Martin. She has a very unique writing style. The story is told by Manon Gaudet--the wife of a planter who doesn't manage their money well and  has an affair with their servant who also has his son. This novel will take you on a journey through Lousiana with the horrible outbreak of cholera and yellow fever  to the impending slave rebellion were Mr. Gaudet is murdered and Sarah escapes-- only to be returned to her owner Manon Gaudet.

Review Given by Sherita Nunn