I found the audio book very intriguing. It took me a little white to get through the story, but not because it is bad...it's just so long! However, I...moreI found the audio book very intriguing. It took me a little white to get through the story, but not because it is bad...it's just so long! However, I really enjoyed it and recommend it to all. I will search for other books by Daaimah S. Poole as a result.(less)
This is a collection of two stories, I Need A Gangsta by Kiki Swinson and Gentlemen Prefer Bullets by De'nesha Diamond. The stories were typical for u...moreThis is a collection of two stories, I Need A Gangsta by Kiki Swinson and Gentlemen Prefer Bullets by De'nesha Diamond. The stories were typical for urban lit novellas and held my attention. They were great audiobooks, but I don't know if I would have been able to physically read the short stories.(less)
I gave Sa'id Salaam's Dope Girl a good faith effort, but the story is just terrible.
I see that Salaam does not like negative ratings, so to make sure...moreI gave Sa'id Salaam's Dope Girl a good faith effort, but the story is just terrible.
I see that Salaam does not like negative ratings, so to make sure that he knows I'm writing this scathing, negative review on the basis of his writing and not his religion, I want to make sure it's very thorough.
Here are the 4 top reasons why I did not like Dope Girl:
1) It's completely misogynistic (which I do not expect from a Muslim writer, but whatever) 2) It's literary fluff 3) It's unoriginal 4) The narrator is sarcastic and shapes readers' opinions of the characters, which I think is an inane writing technique, since the narrator is supposed to provide impartial insight into the lives of the characters and readers should be allowed to form their own opinions on the characters...Salaam does a very good job at writing despicable characters, therefore, you should be able to hate them without the narrator's irritating voice
I've always heard you should never tear someone down without extending a hand to lift that person up, so here it goes: I've never read anything from Next Chapter Publishing and, while, I only made it through about 30% of the text (which is more than enough, in my opinion), the spelling or unintentional grammatical errors in the novel were not grossly irritating. This is more than I can say for most other works of urban fiction.
It's extremely bothersome to me that urban lit writers have taken to exploiting serious issues like prostitution and drug abuse to sell books. Others have written about these very serious issues, Sister Souljah, Tracy Brown, and Erica Kennedy, and achieved substantial success without relying upon writing things like the following:
"Kathy Johnson was a whore long before she had ever gotten paid for sex. As a young girl she sought out laps that paid to be sat in. She did quite well as a child and always had money for candy and treats" - So it's OK to refer to children as whores? All children sit in laps. It's part of being a child, getting treats for being nice to people is something adults learn from a very young age. Since when did this become whorish behavior?
"Over the next few months, Kathy sucked enough to put away money so that when she got out, she could hit the ground running. That's exactly what she did too, ran straight to the dopeman. The trifling girl had to pass right by her house to get to the trap-house" - What?
""I'm yo' mama," Kathy said dryly when social workers brought Tywanna home. "My Mama dead!" Tywanna shot back bitterly. "Lil' bitch I'm yo' damn mama! I'm the one who pushed your big ass head out of my pussy!"" - At this point, I'm wondering just what the hell I'm actually reading.
I don't recommend Dope Girl. If you're looking for a terrible book that is at least interesting, I recommend the most awful thing I've ever read in my life The Diamond Syndicate by Erica Hilton, here's a link to my review on that.
Dope Girl is subpar. At best. As a student of English literature and Black studies, it is imperative to me that more urban writers use their literary voices to promote change within the Black community, not condone the self-destructive behaviors instituted by the pressures of Eurocentrism. (less)
Very motivational and highly inspiring. I thoroughly plan to re-read Rick Warren's The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for?. The book enh...moreVery motivational and highly inspiring. I thoroughly plan to re-read Rick Warren's The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for?. The book enhanced my relationship with God and I am more confident in my purpose and my plans for the future. I recommend this to all.(less)