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Begonia Brown: A Philadelphia Story (Strawberry Mansion Series #2)

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Begonia's carefree world has been turned upside down. Forced to become the head of her household she has to trade her paintbrush in for a switchblade, and her love of art into a love affair with the hood. Lying, stealing, and turning tricks, Begonia will do any and everything she can to protect her sisters from the ugliness of the world. However, it just isn't enough... Wh ...more
203 pages
Published 2009 by Queen Midas Books
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Sistar Tea
Mar 25, 2010 Sistar Tea rated it it was amazing
A Sisters Bond, There Is Nothing Like it!

In this second installment of the “Philadelphia Stories” we meet Begonia Brown, a teenager at the tender age of fifteen. Begonia is the oldest of three, and she takes her role as older sister to heart. Her guardian angel which was her grandmother has died and she and her sisters are left in the care of their crack addicted mother. When their mother lands them in a homeless shelter Begonia steps up to the plate and takes to the street to do what she has t
Sep 04, 2012 Hattie rated it it was amazing
Begonia, Violet and Daisy are sisters growing up in urban Philadelphia. There life would not fit on any greeting card. These young women survive each day without their mother, Doreen. Doreen lives for her substance of abuse. She has no thoughts of wanting to change yet. Some people would say she hasn't reached the lowest rung of the ladder. I do hope her story will continue throughout the other sequels.

JULIA PRESS SIMMONS focuses her story on the siblings who are fighting daily just to survive.
Jul 12, 2012 Tiffany rated it really liked it
Just finished reading Begonia Brown and I enjoyed it. This was a spin off of Strawberry Mansion, because Begonia was mentioned a few times in that back and this story she is the main character and we are given and insight into her world and the thing that she and her sisters are subjected to.

This story was another heartfelt story the author wrote and you cant help but feel bad for Begonia and her sisters. Begonia being the oldest has to take on the role of a mother to her two younger sisters, s
Yolanda Renee
Mar 20, 2011 Yolanda Renee rated it it was amazing
Julia Press Simmons

Growing up in a place called Strawberry Mansion fosters the impression of comfort. The naming of daughters after the flowers in a garden, Violet, Daisy, and Begonia, further encourages that image. But we quickly learn in Julia’s latest book Begonia Brown—A Philadelphia Story, that pretty names do not assure a pretty life.
The mean streets of North Philadelphia harbor a harsh existence, especially for the young, and especially for young
Melinda Lang
Jul 03, 2012 Melinda Lang rated it it was ok
A freebie on my Kindle, I read this book in one day. I hadn't realized it was a series or what the exact premise of the story was when I downloaded it. I believe it's a realistic view of poor, down-troddeen neighborhoods in North Philadelphia. It was a brutal yet sad tale of a young woman who would do anything to save her family from the harsh environment that they were born into. I guess if I continue to read the series (which I won't) I would gain a better understanding of the writer's portray ...more
McPhaul Regne
Took a minute but I liked this read...
Aug 24, 2015 alleycat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Begonia Brown

I enjoyed this book. Begonia went through any and everything to take care of her sisters. The book showed her strengths and her weaknesses. Can't wait to read the 3rd part of this series, I hope for some happiness for the characters
Aug 29, 2013 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. I love the way Julia Press-Simmons writes. She pulls you in to the world of her characters. I loved the loyalty Begonia had to her sisters Violet and Daisy. She was a hustler for real. Would highly recommend.
Oct 10, 2013 Juanesia rated it it was amazing
JPS has me addicted to her work!! I just can't say enough about her. This was nothing short of the others. Well written and I certainly enjoy her sharing her craft. Thank you dear! Keep them coming.
Jun 01, 2012 Christiana rated it it was amazing
My first read by Julia Press-Simmons... I really enjoyed this book...I look forward to reading the next one
Jun 24, 2012 Deshawna rated it it was amazing
This book is the truth I felt connected to the story. i loved this book
Sep 15, 2011 Slim rated it really liked it
Good book. I will read more by this author! I liked it!
Nov 19, 2009 Julia rated it it was amazing
Hands down book of the fuggin year!!!!! lol
Barbara Morgan
May 09, 2011 Barbara Morgan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
vdery good book
this is a 3 part book series
Suhur Mohamed
this book is a gerat for a
Sep 15, 2012 Tonikia rated it it was amazing
Very good read!!
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