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Flyy Girl (Flyy Girl #1)

4.18  ·  Rating Details  ·  9,444 Ratings  ·  320 Reviews
From a fresh new voice with talent to burn comes this brash bitter sweet novel about Tracy Ellison, a young girl with knockout looks, slanted hazel eyes, tall hair, and attitude, as she comes of age during the hip-hop era. Motivated by the material life, Tracy, her friends, and the young men who will do anything to get next to them are plunged into a world of violence, gra ...more
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Published (first published 1993)
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Jan 16, 2009 Lilli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book that prompted me to read other books by the author. Unfortunately, this book was a "one hit wonder" compared to the author's later releases.
Jul 07, 2015 Roy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody I liked
This book certainly has its fair share of fans. It didn't connect with me personally but many strongly disagree, so victory for Mr. Tyree. He must have done something right to get Flyy Girl on some of the lists I've seen such as "15 Books Every Young Black Woman Should Read". I can't say that this is a novel I'll steer my daughter towards some day. But since it was recently announced that the trilogy (apparently there are two follow ups) will be hitting the big screen soon, word of mouth must be ...more
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Jan 07, 2009 Nardsbaby Reader rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Young Girl in Flight

This is a coming of age story during the 80's baby! I liked that part, and how he described the gear we use to sport! Just hearing the title and thinking about the song makes me want to go hang out how we did in "my day!" LOL Dang am I that old!

Tracy, the main character is as superficial as they come. She enjoys a twist of her newfound freedom since her parents separate and she has gone from hating guys, to loving them! She's all about fashion, and guys, nothing else seem
Feb 13, 2008 Sergine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was in my early teens, I believe when a schoolmate recommended this novel to me. Even at that time, I was disturbingly unhappy with the style, composition and overall literary flow of this novel. The main character was unrelatable and even if she were, I couldn't find her likeable or even worthy of empathy. I had a rather difficult time connecting with Tyree's prose and was disappointed with his other projects as well.
Jan 27, 2012 Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I truly enjoy reading this book because it contain many important messages people seem to miss by only paying attention to certain parts of book such as being sexually active still in middle school, dating trouble makers, wearing nice expensive clothes, ect. When actually the author was writing this to make a point the bad choices Tracy was making could cause her to end up like her role model,Mercedes a drug addict. Tracy is simply
I had to read this book for an African American novel class. We finished reading classics by James Baldwin, Richard Wright, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, George Schuyler, William Wells Brown, Ralph Ellison, etc...then read Flyy Girl as an example of the new sub-genre of the urban novel within African American literature. While it was an easy read and elicited a smile at times, it was a VERY poorly written novel that made me wince several times at the unsophisticated style and lack of literary sty ...more
Mar 26, 2008 Joyanne8f is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I think this book is very interesting. It has so many details. I can relate to it because I am a teen dealing with the decisions and consequences of life. I love this book, and think anyone in their teenage years.
Winter Sophia Rose
Enlightening, Realistic, Page-Turner!!! Excellent Read! I Loved It!
Danielle Bigsby
May 24, 2016 Danielle Bigsby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book. It was sooo relatable. Reminded me of every young trying to find her identity.
Mar 04, 2016 Jasean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This book never disappoints. Victor is everything! I just hate how the series ended though.
Mar 25, 2013 Bonita rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
one can keep tired of reading about perfect shaped girls, money falls in their laps, long hair, pretty eyes, all the men/boys want them. it's not realistic. yes this is just entertainment, but it was boring.
Jashala Fears
Sep 23, 2011 Jashala Fears rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book...I read it years ago when it first came out....I think I was maybe 13 or so...I've read it twice since...i really think Tracy represented many of today's young girls...the ones that think they know everything when in reality they're only just getting started with life's rollercoaster...I'm glad Raheema was there to show a different kind of teenager. Also, I love the fact that Tracy grows but clearly still has a way to go, she still doesn't have it all figured out...this is real life. ...more
Apr 04, 2009 Erika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If this was the first time I read this book and I was a mere 16 years old, I probably would have given it 5 stars. Flyy Girl was my first adventure into reading for pleasure. It was given to me from my cousin and it kept me occupied for a few days in the summer. So I'll always have a small bit of love for this book.

It is now maybe 10 or so years later since the first and second and third time I read Flyy Girl and I see it so differently now. I admired Tracy. Maybe from a lack of my own self este
Feb 19, 2008 LALOVELYTEE rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: My friends
Recommended to LALOVELYTEE by: my friends
If you're into promiscuity, boys and drama this book if for you. Tracy, living with her mother and father noticed a change in her home. Her father wanted out but her mother didn't know why. At a young age she had to experience her families split.

Her father rented an apartment while her and her mother still lived in his house under his rules. As Tracy got older and there was no father figure around boys got in her path and made her teenage years harder. Still she now has a younger brother from h
Nov 18, 2014 Jasmine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: well-that-sucked
i think i read this in 8th grade or maybe it was freshman year of high school. i just recall girls eating this up like it was candy. after having it recommended to be for the fiftieth time i borrowed it from a fellow classmate.

i was appalled and found it disturbing. i especially remember thinking about all of the girls that pushed it on me and i wondered if they liked it only for the shock value. i wondered if reading it made them feel cool. and then i wondered why i was friends with them.

Apr 22, 2014 Arissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Flyy Girl that's truly who she was. Tracy Ellison had the best of everything growing up. She was pretty, wore nice clothes, and had two parents who loved her dearly. This story tells the audience about a young girl who grows up in the late 80’s and has the boys at her fingertips. Her beauty and body drives all the young men in like a flood. She is seen as every man dream, only playing with their emotions. Not giving them attention, only to her satisfaction, she states, “So are you gonna quit T ...more
Kristina Moss
"Flyy Girl" by Omar Tyree is a great coming of age story for young adults especially women. In this book, the main character named Tracy is fascinated with the fast life and material items. In the story Tracy is seen as a troubled girl who just follows the wrong people and turn into a direction that wouldn't be healthy for anyone. As the story develops, Tracy has an epiphany and changes her life around for the better. I feel as though this book can relate to females of all ages but especially yo ...more
Apr 15, 2014 Kara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I made it to page 97, enough said...Horribly written, I'm all for using Black vernacular from a certain time period to add that extra umph to the story, but to be very honest it was just ratchet. The characters were painfully shallow, and not just because they too strongly valued material things, and being light skinned, therefore pretty? (Can we acknowldge the dissection of the mom/daughter's beauty at the beginning of the story?!)

I thought it'd be fascinating to read a black chic lit novel fr
Kellsea Paige
I loved this book! Usually I live for unexpected plots and twists and turns. However, this book kept a steady pace which I enjoyed so much. There was never a time in the book where I wanted to skip pages or where there was so much going on that I got confused. Then the way he presented the characters was excellent. It felt like he pulled these characters from my childhood. Wonderful writing and great evolution of characters! Definitely one of my fav books!
Dec 21, 2009 Sherrell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a girl who faces trouble. All because of her love of being in the fast lanes. Which also means living life to the fullest. Never letting anyones advice decide what she does.This girl is named Tracy Ellison.She goes many boyfriends.Her favorite thing to do is have a goal and achieve no matter how hard.I admire her for that quality.Also, for how when ever she was in trouble and she realized it she turned her life around.
Aug 06, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hmm. What can I say really? This was the first urban fiction I read, and fortunately the last. I tried to get through it, but the character and story was so contrived and pretentious that I was actually angry that something like this was published. I guess every book has its audience, and it's quite clear this one is for self-absorbed, ignorant, low class black girls.
Ashely Nicole
Dec 03, 2012 Ashely Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-absolute-favs
OMG OMG OMG! Omar outdid himself on this book. I read this in 10th grade. I can't believe my mom bought this book for me, but I guess she did for a reason. I wanted to be just like Tracy when I read this. this book was definitely a great page turner. I really enjoyed it. Every young girl should read the 'Flyy Girl' trilogy.
Ebony EyeCU Evans
Nov 10, 2015 Ebony EyeCU Evans rated it really liked it
Selected as EyeCU Reading's book of the month, "Flyy Girl" was my very first Omar Tyree read and I must say... I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN!

Written with such relatable detail and well developed characters, I could easily envision the movie. "Flyy Girl" takes you on Tracy Ellison's coming of age journey of a provocative "IT GIRL". With an endless designer wardrobe, hazel eyes, looks that girls envied and a stream of hormonal lil boys for her choosing... TRACY WAS OUT THERE! This classic read left no s
Jun 04, 2010 Latoya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoy this book. Omar tyree tell us a story of Tracy Ellison whom is the main character in the story. I like the way that the author walks the reader thru Tracy life from when she was young till when she's a woman. A defo good read
Megan Nelson
Dec 09, 2012 Megan Nelson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in my early teens. To me it was showing what it was like growing up as a teenager in the 80s. I really enjoyed and it is the book that got me hooked on reading urban fiction.
Missy Fields
May 11, 2013 Missy Fields rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I remember reading this book either in the 8th or 9th grade. I was hooked and couldn't get enough of it. The main character used to aggravate me so much with how shallow she was.
Oct 03, 2012 Erika rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the book that really got me into reading. Very relatable to young typical girls. Hormones raging. Peer pressure. This book started off so freaking slow though.
Mar 14, 2010 JazzyRacquel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This Was My First Read Of Urban Fiction! This Book Is What Made Me Fall In Love With Urban Fiction Thos Book Is An EXCELLENT Read ...more
Dec 04, 2015 Batya7 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Who in the world would recommend this book to their daughter or son? This book all about children having sex! The protagonist, a 13 year old girl, is all about guys, toying with guys, chasing after guys, going to bed with guys, liking the bad dudes, pursuing the drug dealers, etc. And that was all before age 15!!! It was graphically explicit, too.

As a novel depicting the times, it was shallow. Sure, it captured some of the flavor of the society, full of dialect that reads true, but apart from t
Oct 17, 2008 Keyona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
This is one of my first urban lit books and is still one of favorite. This will always be a classic to me.
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Omar Tyree, a New York Times best-selling author, a 2001 NAACP Image Award recipient for Outstanding Literature in Fiction, and a 2006 Phillis Wheatley Literary Award winner for Body of Work in Urban Fiction, has published 16 books and has sold nearly 2 million copies worldwide that has generated more than $30 million.
With a degree in Print Journalism from Howard University in 1991, Tyree has bee
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