The Sweet Potato Queens' 1st Big-Ass Novel
"I have no pride. I tell anything," Jill Conner Browne is fond of saying. As Her Royal Highness, Boss Queen of the Sweet Potato Queens, she has told legions of fans, known as "SPQ Wannabes," her delectable secrets to living, loving — and eating — like a queen. In her words, "More is more."
How much more? The #1 New York Times bestselling author of five works of nonfiction...more
"My entire life I'd been looking for Prince Charming and taking home toads.
Obviously, I'd been setting my sights too low. Toads--and even Princes--just weren't going to cut the mustard anymore. They were too weak-willed and wet behind the ears. I needed a MAN. One strong enough to appreciate and celebrate the Queen I'd finally grown up to be. Until that man came, I was going to keep on living and loving my own life and I wasn't going to settle for anyone ...more
I thought this book was amazing for the first hundred pages, when it was closer to the humor side and a rather whimsical coming-of-age tale revealing the origins of the queens in high school. Then unfortunately, Browne revealed how very uncomfortable she ...more
I'm a huge fan of Browne's non-fiction work - the hilarious Sweet Potato Queens books of .... This wasn't nearly as funny as Browne's other work, which was highly disappointing. Still, the beginnings ...more
It was so real. The author did a masterful job of capturing the complex nature of friendships yet maintaining each individuals core personality.
The timeline and its pop history and southern culture were spot on. The one liner's in this book made me laugh out loud and now I have several people at work looking into this book.
I plan on hunting down every book the author has ...more
This is the fictional story of 5 people (one guy, 4 gals) who band together in high school because they are the outcasts. They decide to snub all the rich kid, ...more
I absolutely loved the first chapter of this book. It was sheer perfection I tell you. It starts when the queens are in high school and haven't really figured out that they're queens yet. They are always being looked down upon by the high school beauty queen, a bitch if ever there was one. I was shrieking with laughter and do ...more
Characterization: Prepare to meet a lively bunch of characters but to not necessarily get to know any of them or their motivations, etc…well.
Setting: Set almost entirely in Jackson, Mississippi, a love of the South and the lifestyle that entails is important to this novel’s success.
Plot: A group of social misfits meet in high school and then proceed, over a period of decades, to “do” life together, for better or for worse (so to speak).
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The book spans about twenty years or so in the lives of five childhood friends, all told from one person's perspective. I liked that the novel covered so much of their lives, but ultimately felt di ...more
I thought it was kind of confusing in the beginning since I've read some of the other Sweet Potato Queens books which give mostly the same details about their "club" and this was a novel about what could have happened.... I guess? I had to let that go and just enjoy the story. There was a little too much drama with all their love lives but overall I liked it.
It really reminded me of my good friends I've kept since high ...more
An unexpected delight is how deftly Browne creates fully dimensional supporting characters surrounding her first-person narrator, Jill Connor. (In her nonfiction adventures, all the other quee ...more
I was reminded a lot of The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, with it's darker sides and secrets. The author gradually leads the reader from a more light-hearted and comical beginning to much more serious subjects, while still retaining the comedic undertones. There was a heavy emphasis on the power of friendship through the darkest aspects of life.
I w ...more