Some Things I Never Thought I'd Do
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Some Things I Never Thought I'd Do

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  1,121 ratings  ·  60 reviews
With the unique blend of truth and humor that made her first novel, What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day, a huge bestseller, Pearl Cleage returns with an extraordinary novel that is rich in character, steeped in sisterhood, and bursting with unexpected love... and maybe just a little magic.

Depending on the time of day, Regina Burns is a woman on the edge of a nervous...more
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 4th 2009 by One World/Ballantine (first published 2003)
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Kimz Zahour
I enjoyed the characters in this book and the friendships building between them along their journey. I especially liked Aunt Abbie who considers herself to be a visionary advisor.
My favorite quote:
"I don't hear voices," she sniffed. "I have visions. There's a difference, although you're still too full of estrogen to understand it." Aunt Abbie goes on the say "Estrogen is fine, but it definitely blocks a lot of female magic, especially the stuff having to do with being able to see the past and pr...more
Atena Oyadi
Jan 17, 2008 Atena Oyadi rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Someone who wants a good sista story
I was able to get pretty engaged with this story. I like the stories she has to tell - they are compelling. I think it's interesting that she starts the story talking about drug addiction as though it were merely a series of bad decisions, with few physical or psychological ramifications beyond the loss of cash and property. I think she treats the topic a little too lightly, and with a smidge of judgement.

I also take issue with the way she presents this "neighborhood cleansing," without much que...more
It was only "ok" for me. Didn't have the charm of the "what crazy looks like..." or the build up of the "love" story that "red dress" did. You never really got to know Blue, Doo Doo was just a shadow of a bad guy with only 1 or 2 lines of dialog. The story moved slowly and then about 50 pages from the end, it turned into a sprint. Enjoyable, but not her best.
May 02, 2014 Lynecia rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys love stories...with a twist
Recommended to Lynecia by: Teacakes
Shelves: aa-fiction, bookshelf
I really enjoyed this book--Pearl Cleage has a wonderful knack for heartwarming love stories and then sneaking in a little politics (lol). All in all, she's weaved and wonderful love story--one that has traveled through time--literally!
Oct 09, 2007 Shauna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: the hopeful
this book touches me..i have read it over and over and always find soemthing new to take away from it...i love pearl cleage as an author and will rread anything she writes
Nov 25, 2007 Deanna rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: yes
Great book. Thanks for recommending it B. I am kind of sad its over.
Maria Noel
Nov 28, 2007 Maria Noel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Pearl Cleage does it again!
I loved this book.
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Tracy Darity
Some Things I Never Thought I’d Do by Pearl Cleage is somewhat of an urban fantasy romance. The story opens in Washington D.C. with Regina Burns having just returned home from rehab and is on the verge of losing the family home. With the guidance of her Aunt Abbie, she returns to Atlanta where all her problems began, the intention being to raise the required cash to appease the banker who half-heartedly wants to help her save the house that the aunt has mysteriously taken up residence in during...more
4.5 stars. I really enjoyed this book. I was invested by the first chapter's end. I really had a visual of Blue and appreciated the man who appreciated, protected, and respected the women who both unwittingly as well as willingly sought his protection. Blue was a man's man and sought to guide and teach even though he only intended to deliver his lesson one time.

I loved the fact that Aunt Abbie was old school whilst still open to accept her newly acquired gift. Thought it hilarious that she kept...more
Delaney Diamond
This story is about Regina Burns and how she turned her life around after getting hooked on drugs and almost losing her mother’s house. Cleage didn’t dwell much on the drug abuse, but it was the reason that Regina found herself in the predicament she did. There are other themes as well, such as the role of men in society–whether their role is as protector or predator—and how they treat women and children.

Cleage also touches on how black men are perceived in society at large, and whether or not...more
started: so far, i really like this narrator. i think i must have heard her before. and the story is realistic, with just enough of a touch of the magical to make it more interesting.
(30 seconds later) AH-HA! i knew it! i listened to Cleage's What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day about a decade ago, and it stuck with me as a great narrator and a great story.

end: great story, but not quite realistic. i don't think there is a guy as cool and collected and wonderful and thrice-divorced like Blue...more
Pearl Cleage is an amazing author. She writes what would be classified as African American fiction, but I really consider it more women's fiction. Her characters are believable and likable, even though they are truly flawed human beings - maybe because of it? But her women are strong, stronger than they realize, and they grow and deepen in character throughout her novels. This novel is no different, with the main character recently out of rehab and trying to put her life back together. I highly...more
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Melinda Ehly
Awful I just couldn't finish the book. I got 60%of the way and just put it down and walked away
This book was too ambitious. There were too many themes and stories and as a result the resolution was lackluster.
The story was okay, but I got bored when the narrator/main character started talking about their past lives...
Tru Royalty
I loved this book!!! I enjoyed falling in love with Blue as Gina did, it felt so amazing to feel like there is still a MAN in the world and he protects women and puts "boys" in there place. Its nice to see black women be humble and although Gina and Beth may have not been friends they were helping to bring each other up even when they were doing wrong. I loved it would definitely recommend and as pool side summer read.
I liked the book, but I didn't particularly care for the ending. I felt like there wasn't enough development of the main character, I wasn't as invested in her as I wanted to be I suppose. It is a pretty quick read with a decent story, so I would recommend it if you are looking for something light, I think I liked What looks like crazy on an ordinary day better.
Although I didn't care for the all the parts of the plot (I thought they were too cheesy) I think it had an awesome message and if that's what had to be written to get it out then I can be satisfied with that. I also liked most the characters. Those two good things combined I think I can say that's more than I can get out of most books, so I'm pretty happy with it.
I have learned so much from this book there is a girl i know that is going threw the same as the girl in the book and i see it happen everyday because i live in a group home with this girl and it is so strange seeing it yourself the book is about this girl well she is older and she meets this guy and falls in love and get aids
Dana Nucera
A great little novel with a 'happily ever after ending'. I am not giving anything away by saying that. You can see the ending coming but it is also a nice, fast read none the less. I enjoyed Cleage's other novel (What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day) so I gave this one a try. I was not disappointed.
Quite engaging with a certain "feel good" effect to it.
This was a story of helping and doing the right thing with a love story mixed in. I love Pearl Cleage. These are characters I grew attached to. I hated to see the book come to an end.
Sandra Menefee
Set in Atlanta's West End. The author knows the area. I found this book interesting and it held my attention. The ending was very unexpected.
That's what made it good reading.
Started out good, then got weird...a little too weird for me. I can take the "knowingly suspend reality" only so far when I'm reading-especially when it starts out fairly realistic.
Read this for the first time 8 years ago, and reading again for my bookclub selection. Still resonates with me in many, many favorite by one of my favorite authors!
This is the first time I've read this author and enjoy this book. I would most likely, read something else of hers. She has a relax style, fresh and mature style. Well done.
I have really come to love and appreciate Cleage. I am a little upset with myself for reading this after its related, although not a sequel book, "Babylon Sisters"
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Pearl Cleage (born December 7, 1948) is an African-American author whose work, both fiction and non-fiction, has been widely recognized. Her novel What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day was a 1998 Oprah Book Club selection. Cleage is known for her feminist views, particularly regarding her identity as an African-American woman. Cleage teaches drama at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.

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