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The Accidental Diva

3.54  ·  Rating Details ·  262 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
Being a diva isn't all it's cracked up to be. Just ask Billie Burke. Brainy, beautiful, and at the top of her game, she's the beauty editor at the world's leading fashion magazine, where paying tribute to the perfect pink lip gloss is serious business. Trouble is, all this corporate climbing and party-hopping has left her with migraine headaches-and a long, lonely bout of ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 3rd 2005 by NAL (first published 2004)
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Mar 10, 2016 Ari rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
Incredible Quote: "What he didn't tell Billie was how naive she sounded, telling him what hustling was about. In the fifth grade, he had more game in his size-five Adidas kicks than anyone at that party could ever hope to have. He hustled to survive . It was either get out there and sell the shit out of some crack, or eat grape jelly for dinner and hope the rat that bit you in your sleep wasn't carrying anything lethal. When Billie talked about hustling and playing the game, what she really mean ...more
Feb 10, 2008 Raquel rated it it was amazing
I've been finished with this book for a while. It's part of my break from "heavy" reading. IT WAS SO GOOD Y'ALL! The "accidental diva", Billie Burke, lives this very glitzy, very enviable life as a beauty editor for a huge glossy magazine. She's a NYC "it girl". I've tried to resist using this description, but it's the best way to describe her...she's like a Black Carey Bradshaw from Sex in The City, only she's still in her twenties. She's beautiful and stylish, her friends are all really intere ...more
This is my first library book read in 2013 (and for quite a while before that too). I was just browsing the shelves and picked it out. I enjoyed the read, with its SATC-esque humour and setting. I guess you could say it's an African American version of SATC, but with Jay's story bringing in a much darker side of NY reality as well. For a while there I feared Billie was going to ruin her life because of Jay, but thankfully she pulled her head in and got back on track. And Jay was still around at ...more
It was a quick and easy read, but definitely nothing to write home about. It gave us an inside look at the beauty editing world from the lens of a black woman but nothing new. Being the only black person in any field while there is no monolithic experience there are some commonalities and well this book just explored those commonalities. And the relationship with the "love interest" was cute if not sickening. You give your entire life to someone you met 15 mins ago? While it wasn't entirely horr ...more
Mar 07, 2014 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: old-favorites
I enjoyed this and was a little disappointed when it ended. I wanted more, but I was satisfied in knowing that there may be a part 2 in this fascinating love story.

Billie Burke is the beauty editor for Du Jour!, the trendiest and hottest magazine out there. To her, its all about getting her work done and spending quality time with her two very best friends. She hasn't had a boyfriend since college and has gotten used to things being that way. Until a hurricane by the name of Jay Lane enters her
Tracie Momie
Apr 10, 2008 Tracie Momie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone especially fashionistas!
Something about this title threw me off. . .I was actually pleasantly surprised with this story. Billie Burke was a walking contradiction of sorts, living a fabulous life as a beauty editor- one of the only few black beauty editors- for a mainstream magazine. But then she meets Jay Lane and it's LUST at first sight.

Jay is from the 'hood and although on the surface it appears that he and Billie are complete opposites they actually have a lot in common. However their relationship faces a lot of c
Shani Hilton
The title doesn't really match the book. It seems to have been chosen to pull in a certain demo. I picked this up because I'm a huge fan of Tia William's blog Shake Your Beauty. Diva is a wee bit pedestrian, but still entertaining, and has a feminist tilt that gets upset repeatedly by the relationship between the protagonist and her lover. The writing is mostly snappy, but the sex scenes can be a bit much. A fun, light read with only some mildly annoying bits.
Dr. Nic
Apr 15, 2016 Dr. Nic rated it really liked it
I liked this book. It had a good storyline and the author was very detailed, but at times it seemed too detailed about things that did not require it. The author seemed to be trying to authenticate the main character as a beauty editor, but I don’t think that some of the details were necessary. This text could have been spent helping the reader get to know Billie better. Not bad though…and there were some very sexy parts to the story!
Deliah Lawrence
Oct 30, 2014 Deliah Lawrence rated it liked it
The title didn't quite fit the storyline. Billie Burke was definitely a diva but not an accidental one. Working as a beauty editor at a top fashion magazine leaves her little time for a love life until she meets Jay Lane, a performance artist, who pulled himself up from the streets. The rest you can probably surmise: they fall in love, have problems, then fall back in love. Fun read though!
Apr 22, 2011 Miranda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good storyline but not for someone who can't stand cursing. Lots of "F" bombs but it is great the author didn't sugarcoat anything. More realistic because this is more the real life. The title didn't go well with the book though.
K Monyetta
Sep 15, 2015 K Monyetta rated it did not like it
I tried to listen to this on audio book but found myself drifting off. It did not hold my attention like other audio books I have listened to. Maybe it would be better if I tried to read it instead of listening to it. It was disappointing.
Jun 21, 2008 Diana rated it really liked it
I'm going to put it out there and say that The Accidental Diva book wasn't written with me in mind. I couldn't completely relate to the characters, but hey, it was a good (and on the lighter side) book!
Feb 14, 2014 Kesha rated it really liked it
I did not enjoy the first half of this book, too gritty. The second half was more my speed, traditional romance.
May 20, 2009 Connie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was actualy a book on tape for my trip this past weekend. I wanted a good chick lit book to enjoy-and I got it.
Aug 22, 2009 Jeanie rated it really liked it
A delightful light book, so funny and spot on. About a black woman in the fashion industry and a guy from the 'hood. Sweet and loving.
Dec 09, 2010 Shanaya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
supa funny a lot of boy and girl drama !!! made me mad at the end because she left a good man behind for london but at the very end she made the right at the very end
Maureen Jackson
Jun 14, 2011 Maureen Jackson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was disturbed by the crass language. I did not connect with the main character and couldn't have cared less about her story.
Oct 25, 2015 Dana rated it really liked it
A really fun and light read. Most of the chick-lits out there don't really describe the lives of young, educated black woman! So go out and get it.
Raunchy Fun!
Deirdre Slocum
Aug 17, 2015 Deirdre Slocum rated it did not like it
She says stop. He doesn't. And this is the man of her dreams. Nah
RK Byers
Oct 12, 2009 RK Byers rated it it was amazing
should be on EVERYBODY'S book shelf.
Feb 13, 2009 Imani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wasnt all that bad. The girl was hilarious and serious all at once.
Mar 29, 2008 Lydia rated it really liked it
I loved this book! It was fun to read, I almost read it straight through.
Apr 10, 2009 DivaDiamond rated it liked it
didn't have me turning pages to see what would happen...but it was okay.
Dec 20, 2013 Susan rated it did not like it
Chic lit with stock characters, terrible dialogue and disturbing depiction of women.
Jan 20, 2011 Nirali rated it really liked it
Totally fun and easy read, a good break from serious books.
J. Michelle
Nov 13, 2009 J. Michelle rated it liked it
Great easy reading. Perfect for the summer time.
Laurie Stoll
Feb 13, 2011 Laurie Stoll rated it did not like it
Shelves: own
Did not care for much at all.
Feb 01, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it
Meet Billie Burke. She's a successful beauty editor at a popular woman's magazine in NYC, is incidentally one of the few African American women in the industry, is from an unorthodox upbringing courtesy of love-drunk hippy parents, and has two *very* close girl friends (also African American) who are successful in their own right and guide each other through life in the big apple. If you are thinking this sounds somewhat like "Sex and the City" you'd be partially right.

Books (and covers) can be
Sep 04, 2016 Shamekia rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
I like it! I read this after reading "The Perfect Find" (Williams most recent book); that one was so much fun to read that I had to check out her earlier title. "The Perfect Find" was more fun to read, but this one was better written. I was surprised at how gritty it was in parts. Jay Lane's backstory was so compelling and his chapters were the best parts of the book. It was a bit disjointed though going from her story to his. I guess this was supposed to be an urban 'Beauty & Beast' retelli ...more
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Called "impossibly talented" by Lucky magazine and "Carrie Bradshaw with melanin and a blowout" by Heart and Soul, Tia Williams is a veteran magazine beauty editor (she's worked Elle, Lucky, Glamour, Teen People, and, and in 2005, she created one of the first beauty blogs, the award-winning Shake Your Beauty. She's the best-selling author of THE ACCIDENTAL DIVA, IT CHICKS, and SIXTEEN ...more
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