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Using What You Got: A Novel

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Eighteen-year-old Tiara Bynum is pretty as a princess and just as spoiled. Her castle is the Harlem housing project where she lives with her younger sister, Jo-Jo, and her doting father, Reggie. Every time Tiara snaps her perfectly manicured fingers, the men come running -- because she's "got it like that." Not just any man will do. Tiara's special someone must be rich, ha ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 22nd 2004 by Simon & Schuster (first published July 1st 2003)
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Nardsbaby Reader
This book was okay, I didn't love it

I was happy that the selfish young girl learned her lesson. This is more of a coming of age story maybe a lesson that younger girls could learn from. A lot of people spoil their children in the attempt to keep them from straying don't realize what a bad effect it will be as well. They are always looking to be validated by material things. This book was okay, I didn't love it, I was happy that the selfish young girl learned her lesson. This is more of a coming
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Patrice Sartor
The quality of the writing makes up for the predictability of the plot. I enjoyed the characters, and the pace of the story was just right.




GENRE: Fiction: Urban fiction, realistic fiction, problem solving.

SUBJECT/THEMES: Self improvement, greed, narcissism, ethical issues, personal growth, self-discovery.

SUMMARY: Tiara wants to nab the best man she can, get out of the projects, and prove to the young females still in the projects that they can be like her. The problem is, for Tiara, a good man i
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Kesha
Dec 01, 2011 Kesha rated it liked it
I actually stopped reading this book because I did not like the main character, Tiara. Glad I started back because it was good. I think its more Young Adult than Adult. Loved Reggie, the dad, and Charlene, the aunt. You can't go wrong with family like those.
Chivon
Aug 16, 2012 Chivon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I liked the father and the aunt in this book. I could not stand the main character and I think that is why I could only rate the story with two stars. The writing however, was not bad. And the main character comes around at the end of the story.
Pat
Mar 16, 2014 Pat rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Contemporary African American fiction.
Very simplistic and predictable.
Self absorbed 18 year old.
Fighting, swearing, treat each other badly.
Glenda
Sep 17, 2012 Glenda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The book was ok. I struggled with Tiara. She really just didn't get it. Aunt Charlene was my favorite character in the book.
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Karen E. Quinones Miller is the author of the Essence best selling novels Satin Doll, I’m Telling, Using What You Got, Ida B., (nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction), Satin Nights, and Passin’.

Miller was born and raised in Harlem and dropped out of school in the 8th grade, but later finished her education and became a reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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