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Ain't Gonna Be the Same Fool Twice (Stevie Stevenson #2)

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  596 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
Jean "Stevie" Stevenson, the indomitable heroine of "Coffee Will Make You Black," is back -- somewhat older and wiser, with some experience and a college degree -- diving headfirst into the hot tub, free love, yoga, and vegetarian lifestyle of 1970s San Francisco. In this liberating new world of raised consciousness, mind-expanding, and disco-dancing, a soul sister with pa ...more
Paperback, 324 pages
Published January 30th 2007 by ReganBooks (first published January 18th 1996)
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Jessica Daniels
Aug 26, 2013 Jessica Daniels rated it it was amazing
what i Learned so far is, to accept yourself for who you are and if you can't then have someone show you how to except you for you.
Bianca Bouie
im still reading it but so far i learned to just accept being yourself.
Jeremy Preacher
I almost didn't read this because I disliked its predecessor so much, but it was the last book in my library stack and it's not about twelve-year-olds. It was a substantial improvement, anyway, although many of the fundamental flaws are still there.

The characters are still pretty much one-dimensional, although they're not quite as cardboard-cutout as in the previous book. (And make no mistake, this is a sequel - it's just the next five years of the same character's life.) Since it's set in San F
I'd give this book 3 1/2 stars if I could!! Not as great as the first book "Coffee Will Make You Black" though I thought it was still a good book. Though this book is written in the same style, tone, and even has the same main character, it is definitely a completely different book. While the first book is a coming of age story in 1960s Chicago, this one is more of a coming out story in 1970's SF... While I thought it was a little too graphic at the time while reading it (I definitely was not ex ...more
Amy Ledin
Apr 08, 2016 Amy Ledin rated it liked it
I read this as part of a book club for a class on student development theory and it serves as a nice example of a person discovery and growing into their own ever-evolving identity. Clear, entertaining writing, and great depictions of San Francisco in the 1970s. However, if you listen to the audio version of this book the voices are completely awful and it will shift the tone of the narrator entirely. I don't recommend the audio version.
Apr 29, 2016 Gerry rated it liked it
The writing is better than the content Sinclair is writing about -- a young black woman’s sexual awakening in mid-70’s San Francisco. Stevie never does clearly establish (in her own mind) whether she’s gay or bisexual or hetero but she has a broad variety of experiences on the road to finding out.
Aug 29, 2016 Irene rated it really liked it
love this author's writing. she's hilarious, story line is great! a follow up to "Coffee will make you black", its a coming of age, self story about a young woman growing up and going off to university in the mid 70s and finding herself....
Marci Akoma
Mar 23, 2016 Marci Akoma rated it it was amazing
Great follow up to Coffee Will Make You Black! I feel like the heroine, Stevie, and I are old friends.
In this sequel to Coffee Will Make You Black, we follow Stevie from college in small town Illinois to new adventures in 1970s San Francisco. I think I enjoyed this one even more than the first because Stevie has survived puberty and adolescence to struggle more deeply with the issues and questions around race and racism, sexual identity, gender roles, stereotypes, and individuality. Want a taste of Berkeley, Oakland, and San Francisco in 1975 through the eyes of a sweet, intelligent protagonist ...more
April Sinclair is a great writer and has created a fantastic protagonist, Jean "Stevie" Stevenson. Stevie graduates from college in the Midwest and decides to celebrate by visiting San Francisco. While there, she becomes quickly fascinated by the idea that maybe her purpose isn't just to survive but to take a journey, find herself, self-actualize. She brings her down-home, down-to-earth family-inherited wisdom and combines that with new mind-blowing Bay Area experiences, to find her own balanced ...more
Jan 07, 2015 susan rated it it was amazing
Second part of a great read from Ms. Sinclair.
Jul 18, 2011 J rated it really liked it
(FROM JACKET)Jean "Stevie" Stevenson is somewhat older and wiser, with some experience and a college degree-diving headfirst into the hot tub, free love, yoga, and vegetarian lifestyle of 1970s San Francisco. In this liberating new world of raised conciousness, mind expansion, and disco dancing, a soul sister with passion and daring has room to experiment with life and love to find out who she "really" is.
Adelina Adeyemi
Dec 15, 2009 Adelina Adeyemi rated it really liked it
Shelves: really-good
i relly enjoy reading this book so far Steive the main cahracter in this book goes to coolege and meets new people who she bfreinds quicly mostly black and she has one white friend from paris who juat had an abortion they meat when they were about to fight each other and they ended up being goood friens tune in next tin=me......
Gena Culbreath
Feb 12, 2016 Gena Culbreath rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: destined-readers
Easy read. Both funny and thought provoking. As others have mentioned, the depth of the story or ultimate decision on the lead character's sexuality left you wanting more. But definitely worth the read. Leaves room for a wow factor in the follow up.
Jan 23, 2015 Sacole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book so much that I reread it over and over. I can relate to Stevie and envy Stevie in so many ways. I love how free love and sexuality is expressed in Stevie. She has a love for people and life that allows her to explore love that to society may have not been traditionally acceptable.
Sep 02, 2012 Misskittykilpatrick rated it liked it
The title of this book made me smile because it reminds of somethng I would hear my mom say while she was chatting with her girlfriends back in the day. As the sequel to Coffee Will Make You Black, I expected more from this book. It was okay, nothing spectacular. It just left me wanting more.
Jun 25, 2008 Nicole rated it it was amazing
Stevie is a character I really like. Roots in "Chicago" moved to San Fran, time in college and then time in "the lifestyle." A good story with a crew of good characters and situations.
May 25, 2013 Maryann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Version I read does not include Ain't Gonna Be the Same Fool Twice, but is listed as by the same author. I enjoyed this book.
Jul 10, 2009 Corinne rated it liked it
this book was a sequel to coffee will make you black (which was great). this was so so.
Jul 20, 2009 Stasha rated it liked it
A very interesting glimpse into the life of a young woman's journey of self-discovery.
Ryan Mishap
Sep 07, 2008 Ryan Mishap rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
sequel to Coffee will make you black--hilarious and touching.
Janella Meeks-Wesby
It was a fast read and cute but was expecting more.

Jan 07, 2011 Annie is currently reading it
I finshed reading this book I thought it waas really good!
Mar 03, 2012 Marci rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not my type of genre.
Aug 18, 2008 christine rated it really liked it
This one, too, i loved.
Jun 19, 2008 Seven rated it really liked it
This was a good read also.
Jul 26, 2012 Teri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book!
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April Sinclair was born and grew up in Chicago during the times of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements. As a young black woman during and after these times, she began to take advantage of her experiences along with her artistic talents to become an active member in her community. She has worked for over 15 years in community service programs, has directed a countywide hunger coalition, and ...more
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