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Flyy Girl

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  6,172 ratings  ·  270 reviews
The bestselling urban classic novel about a young woman coming of age in the late 1980s.
Tracy Ellison, a young knockout with tall hair and attitude, is living life as fast as she can. Motivated by the material world, she and her friends love and leave the young men who will do anything to get next to them. It's only when the world of gratuitous sex threatens heartbreak t...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published August 7th 2001 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1993)
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Roy
Aug 03, 2008 Roy rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody I liked
Upon reading this book my conclusion was that if trash like this could get picked up by a major publisher and launch somebody's writing career, anyone skilled at self promotion could do likewise. This saddens me because I know there are many talented writers out there without the gift of dragging attention to themselves and useful contacts who languish in obscurity while writing of this quality takes up space in chain bookstores. I've listened to him speak at conferences and corresponded with hi...more
Nardsbaby Reader
A Young Girl in Flight

This is a coming of age story during the 80's baby! I liked that part, and how he described the gear we use to sport! Just hearing the title and thinking about the song makes me want to go hang out how we did in "my day!" LOL Dang am I that old!

Tracy, the main character is as superficial as they come. She enjoys a twist of her newfound freedom since her parents separate and she has gone from hating guys, to loving them! She's all about fashion, and guys, nothing else seem...more
Lilli
This was a great book that prompted me to read other books by the author. Unfortunately, this book was a "one hit wonder" compared to the author's later releases.
Sergine
I was in my early teens, I believe when a schoolmate recommended this novel to me. Even at that time, I was disturbingly unhappy with the style, composition and overall literary flow of this novel. The main character was unrelatable and even if she were, I couldn't find her likeable or even worthy of empathy. I had a rather difficult time connecting with Tyree's prose and was disappointed with his other projects as well.
Taylor
A BOOK EVERY TEEN SHOULD READ, ESPECIALLY AFRICAN AMERICAN TEENS
I truly enjoy reading this book because it contain many important messages people seem to miss by only paying attention to certain parts of book such as being sexually active still in middle school, dating trouble makers, wearing nice expensive clothes, ect. When actually the author was writing this to make a point the bad choices Tracy was making could cause her to end up like her role model,Mercedes a drug addict. Tracy is simply...more
Tanya
When I read this my freshman year of high school, I enjoyed it very much; however, when I revisited it again a few years later I was unimpressed and had no further desire to finish it. The sequel is horrible.

To some extent, most young girls living in urban Philadelphia will relate to this book as it touches upon the aspects of sexuality, materialism, and drug influence they often face. In the same vein, it nearly illuminates the naivete and immaturity of young girls and males living in that era...more
Joyanne8f
Mar 26, 2008 Joyanne8f is currently reading it
I think this book is very interesting. It has so many details. I can relate to it because I am a teen dealing with the decisions and consequences of life. I love this book, and think anyone in their teenage years.
Bonita
one can keep tired of reading about perfect shaped girls, money falls in their laps, long hair, pretty eyes, all the men/boys want them. it's not realistic. yes this is just entertainment, but it was boring.
Jashala Fears
Great book...I read it years ago when it first came out....I think I was maybe 13 or so...I've read it twice since...i really think Tracy represented many of today's young girls...the ones that think they know everything when in reality they're only just getting started with life's rollercoaster...I'm glad Raheema was there to show a different kind of teenager. Also, I love the fact that Tracy grows but clearly still has a way to go, she still doesn't have it all figured out...this is real life....more
Christina
I had to read this book for an African American novel class. We finished reading classics by James Baldwin, Richard Wright, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, George Schuyler, William Wells Brown, Ralph Ellison, etc...then read Flyy Girl as an example of the new sub-genre of the urban novel within African American literature. While it was an easy read and elicited a smile at times, it was a VERY poorly written novel that made me wince several times at the unsophisticated style and lack of literary sty...more
Erika
If this was the first time I read this book and I was a mere 16 years old, I probably would have given it 5 stars. Flyy Girl was my first adventure into reading for pleasure. It was given to me from my cousin and it kept me occupied for a few days in the summer. So I'll always have a small bit of love for this book.

It is now maybe 10 or so years later since the first and second and third time I read Flyy Girl and I see it so differently now. I admired Tracy. Maybe from a lack of my own self este...more
LALOVELYTEE
Feb 19, 2008 LALOVELYTEE rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: My friends
Recommended to LALOVELYTEE by: my friends
If you're into promiscuity, boys and drama this book if for you. Tracy, living with her mother and father noticed a change in her home. Her father wanted out but her mother didn't know why. At a young age she had to experience her families split.

Her father rented an apartment while her and her mother still lived in his house under his rules. As Tracy got older and there was no father figure around boys got in her path and made her teenage years harder. Still she now has a younger brother from h...more
Arissa
A Flyy Girl that's truly who she was. Tracy Ellison had the best of everything growing up. She was pretty, wore nice clothes, and had two parents who loved her dearly. This story tells the audience about a young girl who grows up in the late 80’s and has the boys at her fingertips. Her beauty and body drives all the young men in like a flood. She is seen as every man dream, only playing with their emotions. Not giving them attention, only to her satisfaction, she states, “So are you gonna quit T...more
Kristina Moss
"Flyy Girl" by Omar Tyree is a great coming of age story for young adults especially women. In this book, the main character named Tracy is fascinated with the fast life and material items. In the story Tracy is seen as a troubled girl who just follows the wrong people and turn into a direction that wouldn't be healthy for anyone. As the story develops, Tracy has an epiphany and changes her life around for the better. I feel as though this book can relate to females of all ages but especially yo...more
Kara
I made it to page 97, enough said...Horribly written, I'm all for using Black vernacular from a certain time period to add that extra umph to the story, but to be very honest it was just ratchet. The characters were painfully shallow, and not just because they too strongly valued material things, and being light skinned, therefore pretty? (Can we acknowldge the dissection of the mom/daughter's beauty at the beginning of the story?!)

I thought it'd be fascinating to read a black chic lit novel fr...more
Chaundra Soliz
This is the first novel I ever read and it got me hooked on street lit. I believe I've read it 5 times and I still pick it up from time to time just to read it again.
Sherrell
This book is about a girl who faces trouble. All because of her love of being in the fast lanes. Which also means living life to the fullest. Never letting anyones advice decide what she does.This girl is named Tracy Ellison.She goes many boyfriends.Her favorite thing to do is have a goal and achieve no matter how hard.I admire her for that quality.Also, for how when ever she was in trouble and she realized it she turned her life around.
Dawsmarkaol.com
Hmm. What can I say really? This was the first urban fiction I read, and fortunately the last. I tried to get through it, but the character and story was so contrived and pretentious that I was actually angry that something like this was published. I guess every book has its audience, and it's quite clear this one is for self-absorbed, ignorant, low class black girls.
Ashely Nicole
OMG OMG OMG! Omar outdid himself on this book. I read this in 10th grade. I can't believe my mom bought this book for me, but I guess she did for a reason. I wanted to be just like Tracy when I read this. this book was definitely a great page turner. I really enjoyed it. Every young girl should read the 'Flyy Girl' trilogy.
Latoya
Enjoy this book. Omar tyree tell us a story of Tracy Ellison whom is the main character in the story. I like the way that the author walks the reader thru Tracy life from when she was young till when she's a woman. A defo good read
Megan Nelson
I read this book in my early teens. To me it was showing what it was like growing up as a teenager in the 80s. I really enjoyed and it is the book that got me hooked on reading urban fiction.
Missy Fields
I remember reading this book either in the 8th or 9th grade. I was hooked and couldn't get enough of it. The main character used to aggravate me so much with how shallow she was.
Erika
This was the book that really got me into reading. Very relatable to young typical girls. Hormones raging. Peer pressure. This book started off so freaking slow though.
JazzyRacquel
♥ This Was My First Read Of Urban Fiction! This Book Is What Made Me Fall In Love With Urban Fiction ♥ Thos Book Is An EXCELLENT Read ♥
Keyona
Oct 17, 2008 Keyona rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
This is one of my first urban lit books and is still one of favorite. This will always be a classic to me.
Shanna
I really did NOT like this book. The author took tooooo long to tell the story. It was really boring.
Mia Walker
I was in middle school and this book knocked my socks off! LOL the sequel ... not so much.
Chene
I read this as a teenager it was a good read and fun for teens.
Nashalic
Jan 17, 2014 Nashalic is currently reading it
Flyy Girl is about a girl named Tracy that lives in Philadelphia. She lives with her mother and her father who love spoiling her. The book starts off with her being little in like the 5th grade and then it keeps changing to her being in junior high school to then regular high school to then her being an adult. Tracy is only a little girl but because of her parents and her environment she learns a lot. She is really influenced especially by her neighbors older sister Mercedes. Mercedes lives with...more
Shalonda
Read this a longggggg time ago!!
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Omar Tyree, a New York Times best-selling author, a 2001 NAACP Image Award recipient for Outstanding Literature in Fiction, and a 2006 Phillis Wheatley Literary Award winner for Body of Work in Urban Fiction, has published 16 books and has sold nearly 2 million copies worldwide that has generated more than $30 million.
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