Three Sides to Every Story: A Novel
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Three Sides to Every Story: A Novel

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  61 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Growing up in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans, Johnny and Tonya meet in high school and fall for each other. Yet their romance falls apart when Johnny seriously injures Tonya’s ex-boyfriend in an altercation. Johnny is imprisoned, and Tonya starts dating a rapper who fulfills her dreams of dancing in videos.
Depressed and deflated in jail, Johnny comes back to life thanks to...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published February 19th 2009 by Broadway Books (first published October 3rd 2006)
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Three sides had a good story line but I think it tackled to many issues in one book. Granted, these are real life scenarios such as down-low men, black men incarcerated at too high of rate, poverty in the African-American community, AIDS, lack of communication between parents/kids...I could go on and on. But to tackle it all in one book was a bit much. Everything can go wrong in the African American community was depicted in this book. There was no silver lining in the clouds unless you count Jo...more
Three sides to every story is my second time reading a book from the Urban drama genre and I was still blown away. Nero weaves a dramatic story from three different perspective culminating in a cataclysmic event which changes the lives of everyone involved. The love Triangle of Johnny, Tonya and James will have you hooked from the very first page to the Epilogue (there isn't actually one but that’s what I would call three years later). Through his characters Nero touched on just about every aspe...more
The only book I ever. Read in one day omg So good had me at the end of the couch lol
This was a very unique story: a love triangle between a bisexual man, heterosexual woman, and a drag queen set in the lower ninth ward of New Orleans. It was not all that deep and worked well in my imagination as a melodrama with shallow acting and attractive performers. I appreciated the social justice issues (emprisonment as slavery, Black gay liberation, and the struggles to overcome poverty) woven in the story, although they were very blatant. Oh yeah and the language and dialect sort of kep...more
Jessica Terry
The book really didn't start getting good to me until the last few chapters. Until then I can really say I was just continuing to read it to get through it. It was okay but a little too much vulgarity and use of the 'N' word for my preference. I was disappointed that Johnny and Tonya didn't reconcile. Overall, I don't know if I'll be reading this one again.
KC Girlfriends Book Club
I must admit that this is a very good book and very thought provoking! It will leave you asking one question, "What would I do if I were in that situation?" I can't wait to be able to sit down with Mr. Nero and my book club to discuss his book. Great job! I look forward to reading more from Mr. Nero in the future! I would give it 4.5 stars if I could!!!
A real view of the alternative life style community. There is love there too. If a prude, don't read this book, it can get raw at times.

Nero is a very good writer. For me, that made up for the bumps I had a hard time getting over.
If you like urban dramas, you'll love this book. There was a lot going on and a bunch of twists and turns. Three Sides hit just about every topic concerning the Black community today.
Aug 09, 2007 Valerie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: girlfriends
My book club would classify this book as a smutty read. It was just that. Sometimes you need a little smut in your life.
Stephanie G.
Three Sides ti Every Story proved to me that every story doesn't really have one version.
was oh so gud got to read it if u haven't
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