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Let That Be the Reason

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  654 ratings  ·  46 reviews
From literary icon and Essence bestselling author of Imagine This and Dirty Red comes forth the classic urban novel that launched Vickie M. Stringer's wildly successful career- Let That Be the Reason.
This is the remix. Based on Stringer's real-life experiences, this epic tale has changed the face of contemporary literature and continues to resonate and provide voice to th
Paperback, 247 pages
Published February 27th 2008 by Triple Crown Publications (first published December 1st 2001)
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Having read a few urban books like TRUE TO THE GAME, COLDEST WINTER EVER and even Jackie Collins' Lucky Santangelo series I have come to the realization that, although these books can be very interesting, I can only take the mafia and gangster subject matter in small doses. It isn't my preference as far as genre, but then again I like to give everything a chance.

When I heard that this supposed Essence bestseller was a fact-based novel about a woman who gets involved in the drug cartel, escort se
Have to add Ms. Stinger to the list of my fav authors. I did not know if I was going to like this book. But after page 1 as I got into it, it became increasingly harder to put the book down. She does not wast time to go into all that happened in the past but put's you in the present to explain why Pammy metamphors into Carmen. It became a point where I as the reader along with Pammy start to think of her as Carmen. I know one thing. Chino couldn't get a cup of water from me. After he left her wi ...more
Alize Watson
- In this book Carmen is left for dead by her ex-boyfriend Chino, He knocked her up and left her with a child. Carmen met chino when she was still in highschool and he took care of her so she didnt know what to do after he left her and she didnt want to turn to her parents for help just to hear them say i told you so. So since she dont know what to do with herself she turned to selling drugs. She said she was only going to sell enough to get her a shop but after the money kept coming in and she ...more
This book can't really make up its mind on who it wants for its audience. At times, the novel caters to those who glorify the street life. The author praises rap artists in general, name-drops designer labels at least once a page, and treats hustlin' as just another entrepreneurial enterprise. Yet, the narrator stops to say "this is why I turned to a life of crime" and ends with the notion that "the street life is a dead-end, and I hope this book will show everyone that". Given that the book spe ...more
Vickie Stringer, the reason that Triple Crown Publishing started. I have read every book that Mrs. Stringer has published except for How to Succeed in the Publishing Game. I actually read Let that Be the Reason and Imagine This backwards. I read Imagine this first, then went back and read Let that be the Reason. Now I'm not going to lie Let that Be the Reason was good, but the sequel Imagine This explains a whole lot of concept from LTBTR. Honestly I probably need to go back and read LTBTR again ...more
Oct 02, 2009 qiqqles is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Book title: Let That Be The Reason

Synopsis: This book is about a girl who has just broken up with her babys father and he left her with nothing...Now she has to find a way to provide for her and her child

Audience: Mature Teens, Mostly women
Purpose: Mostly entertainment
Medium: A Novel
Genre-Setting: In Columbus, Ohio
Genre-Style: Realism, Actual Problems that could accur in the world
Genre-Plot: Action most of the time because alot of things are going on

This book can reall
Oct 05, 2010 Pamela rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
"Let That Be the Reason" by Vickie M. Stringer was a very good. It's about a single mother who finds herself in most situations that many single mothers find themselves in - the baby's father, or baby daddy rather, doesn't want to help. As a result, she has to take it upon herself to help herself and her son. The best way she can, and the only way she think she can.
So...she turns to the street, and, of course, dealing.
I gave it 4 stars because, not only did this book address a social issue that
So I realize that the only time I write a post is if the book was really good or super bad and this was super bad. This book just got on my nerves. All I kept reading about was Chino this Chino that...hello??? He did you dirty, not claiming his son and left your butt for his wife. I am nervous about reading part two. I dont know if I'm mentally prepared for the crap to come. Please tell me it gets better... I would honestly say that you are not missing anything by not reading this book...sorry M ...more
Just like Retaliation, that I recently read, this is for those who enjoy the urban novels, filled with gritty sex, drug dealing and getting yourself to the top, but in the end, the lesson is always learned when the Feds are knocking at their doors. The only difference being that Carmen is leading the charge, trying to right the wrongs that have occured, so as a young entrepreneur, she begins an escort business which quickly transforms into drugs and stolen goods. Racy to say the least.
One of a series of realistic street fiction by triple crown press. Recommended to me by a young man who has done time. This one is about a young lady who develops an escort service and eventually runs drugs. Shows the street smarts and creativity and professionalism it takes to run a successful street business, but also how easily people can turn informant and things go sour. Shows prison life and how God can change a person's habits. Recommended to Keith Johnson, jail program director.
Missy  Miller
To be fair... I couldn't make it half way through.
The writing was AWFUL.
Just... horrible.
Teresa Rae Butler
Vickie Stringer has this book that makes you want to be a hard ass lady hustler, but thanks to her real life example- the streets are whack so do it legal! The money is taller and untouchable in a well run legal business. Let that be the reason I say, Thanks Vickie! Now I gotta get Imagine This and her how to publish book. I love my fellow authors. They're so inspiring to me as an author. Check out my blog on Urban literary Review,titled... "Get Ya Shine On!"
Shakeisha Williams
The pace of the story was too slow for me. There was not enough jaw dropping action, and I kept wondering why the character was soooo stupid when it came to a man, but I guess that's how some females are, naive and in denial. I liked Carmen, but not Pammy, she was too sensitive for the game. At some point it was determined that she would lose it all, but wud have only her family and Delano there for her in the end when she was neglecting them the most.
This book was written by an author from Columbus, Ohio and it was set in Columbus as well. I loved reading about familiar places and streets while enjoying her riveting story. The book is very authentic and is based on Stringer's own life experience. She wrote the novel while incarcerated. Highly recommended for anyone who wants a taste of some good urban fiction.
Nov 27, 2008 Jewel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of Street Literature
Recommended to Jewel by: Kelly Alexander
It took me awhile to get into the book. I guess because the passion she had to take care of her son and the lengths she went through to get it made me think of my own situation.

But mid-way I was drawn into the story as if I were her. It was a great story and I look forward to reading the sequel Imagine This.
This was my first time reading a book by Vickie Stringer and I must say I am adding her to my favorite artist list. I enjoyed reading about Pamela a.k.a Carmen the story went on perfectly to lead to the next one. I can't wait to start reading "Imagine This" to see what happens next.
I have read other books by this author and they have been good. This book was not at all. I kept feeling like it skipped around alot and it was like reading a book by a teenager. Not well written at all. Sorry Vickie but I can not read this series. Just not good at all!
vicki did her thing with this story it was put together very well and she learned the hard way i hope young women read this book and learn from her writing
This is why u don't show and tell everything u know and do 2 everyone u know. U can't trust everyone. I hope she learnrd her lesson.
Yesenia Villalta
This was the second book I read on my own and I became hooked on urban fiction books though this is based on the author's experience.
This book is to prove that a black women can make something out of nothing with a little determination.
i didnt like this book the plOt moveD to sLow and her life was nOt intrestinG but her struGGles were comin
I thought this would be another street book with the same plot, but I was pleasantly surprised.
La Tonya
Let That Be The Reason was off the let that be the reason for it all!!
I loved this book. I loved the main chaacter. she came up from nothing just to provide.
This was good! I was expecting a little from the ending but it was good otherwise!
I want to know what happend to Carmen....So I want to know is it another one out?????
I wish there was a movie to this book!! I could read it over and over
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