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Friends and Lovers

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  10,462 ratings  ·  162 reviews
Love, betrayal, and friendship set in modern-day Los Angeles

The lives of four young African Americans--two men and two women--are chronicled through the love and the laughter, heartache and pain, of not-so-everyday life. In contemporary mores and humanity, they investigate and celebrate the gender gap.
Paperback, 416 pages
Published May 1st 2000 by Dutton (first published November 1st 1997)
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Mar 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book is titled Friends and Lovers by Eric Jerome Dickey. This book is a fiction. The main theme of the story is that friends can sometimes turn in to lovers but it doesn't mean that things will work out for the best.

The book is about two men and two women Leonard, Tyrel, Debra and Shelby. They all meet at a club and schedule another date to see each other again. Leonard who is an up and coming comedian who’s not really enjoying the single life meets Debra, a shy hard working black wom
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Decided to re-read this because I'd promised myself I'd throw a few of the 90s urban fiction classics on my reading list this year. I hadn't read this since my teenage years, so it was almost like I'd never read it before.

The first half of the book sucked me in immediately. EJD used first person POV for each character, giving them their own chapters, which made it easy to get comfortable with everyone in the book. Because it is about exactly what the title says, Friends and Lovers, I was quickly
African Americans on the Move Book Club
Jul 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: yes
AAMBC Reviews, May 25, 2008

If you ever want to get to know a true artist, why not embrace a writer like Dickey. The characters in this book are so relatable that it is almost like your inside the book. There is a play on this book as well same tittle and I strongly suggest you read this book. You can't say your a true book reader without obtaining this novel.
Winter Sophia Rose
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Touching, Realistic, Deep, Riveting, Refreshing & Emotional! An Exciting Read! I Loved It!
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was ok
For me this could have potentially been a great story....there were too many unresolved issues and an unnecessary killing in this story (sorry, I'm not a fan of this type of literature) ...reading the synopsis and the title will definitely have a person fooled. In addition, for me there was a lot of unnecessary dialogue, which would have shorten this book tremendously! Also, Shelby was wrong throughout this story, she was the main reason for the break-up between her and Tyrell....if she would ha ...more
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I haven’t read a good African-American romance novel in a very long time. I think I read so many when I was younger that I got tired of it. But that was refreshing. It was well written, there were emotions, there was character development and depth...and it was relatable.

I was expecting something to come of the Jackson character...felt like a loose end.
~*I love Tea*~
Mar 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Ahh Friends and Lovers, I don't have one wrong word to say about this book. I came to know the characters as my very own friends. I loved the book, beautifully written and masterfully presented. Mr. Dickey you have done it again, all hale the king of Romance. ...more
Nov 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
Friends and Lovers was a sad, but conceptual novel. Eric Jerome Dickey's books always gives a lesson from the evaluation of the book. This lesson from this book shows that you should not take people for granted, or deny their friendship/relationship. ...more
Feb 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Yes
A tragic love story. A very good read. Makes you learn not to take the person you love for granted.
Mar 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I thought that this book was very interesting it was one of the few books I have read by this author and I truly enjoyed each and everyone of the characters.
Mar 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful work from Eric Jerome Dickey! This book is about love, hate and moving on. It was also a major page turner! Loved it!
D.J. Walters
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. It depicted the trials and tribulations of being in relationships and how tragic they can be. A reality that we sometimes find hard to get to grips with. However, the book was a very easy read and actually made me laugh at points which is a plus. I'm glad I flew through this treasure. ...more
Playwright Carr
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite books of all time! I fell in love with Eric Jerome Dickey's writing because of this book. I read this book at least once a year. ...more
Clairissa D
Friends and Lovers is a romance novel about four friends (two girls and two guys) that become romantically involved with one another. The novel basically goes through the up and downs of each relationship in addition to some added mystery and suspense with in the novel to add to the creativity of the novel. What I noticed while reading this novel is that the author used the technique of slowing down the Hot Spot. There are many parts in this book where the characters are engaging in a heated arg ...more
Black Carrie
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading this book, and I was sorry to see it end. This is a hard book to put down. I found myself turning down lunch out with co-workers so I wouldn't lose my reading time. I loved Debra and Leonard. What happened with them was a total surprise. I kept trying to think what comedian he may have been based on. Shelby kind of worked my nerves a little bit. But it was obvious that she and Tyrel were meant for each other. I wanted to punch Richard out myself! It's almost hard to see w ...more
Jul 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
(FROM JACKET)When it comes to love, the attraction can be instant. So can the consequences. Ask Leonard and Debra. Ask Tyrel and Shelby. Four friends with so much in common: They're good-hearted and loyal, talented and sane, compliant, human, open to romance-and vulnerable to the complicated state of relations between the sexes while searching for love. Or at least unqualified affection. Either way, their lives are about to change...
In this wise, witty, on-target, and genuinely heartening novel,
Nikinnia Smith
Great book by the author! This book appealed to several of my emotions. I was happy one minute, sad, mad, disappointed, and happy again.
This book is about 2 sets of friends who meet one night. Tyrel and his friend Leonard meet Shelby and her friend Debra. Tyrel has just been dumped by his married girlfriend, and really doesn't want another relationship. Leonard is the complete opposite and wants to have a successful monogamous relationship.
Things work out great for Leonard and Debra. While thi
Mister Riley
Oct 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: black-authors
The first time I saw this book, I said that I would hear from someone else if it was worth it. Did folks let me have it. When I decided to give this author (E.J.D.) a chance, I did not know that he would awaken a part of my imagination that had me laugh, get upset, ALMOST shed a tear, and embrace the beautiful complexities of black friendships/relationships. This was the first book of his, that led me to go on and read some of his other works. If you want to have a good time, pick this up and a ...more
Raedell Cannie
Not His Best

A lot of not a lot happened in this book. I felt like there was a lot of build up for a story that really just didn’t go anywhere. The characters, their relationship with one another, and therefore the overall storyline were underdeveloped and loosely connected. As a reader I had to work overtime to imagine how everything for together. Which was really disappointing considering how long the book is. It dragged based on superficial characters and plot line. This is my least fave EJD b
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The EJD I fell in love with

Rereading this book reminded of why he’s my favorite author. I remember reading this and enjoying the simplicity of it all. Boy meets girl, boy likes girl, boy plays cool, girl freaks out, boy feels lost, girl reacts, girl swallows pride, boy and girl talk it out with forever in their hearts. Formula for greatness.

Now this story doesn’t exactly stick to the formula but I love it.
Aug 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book was Fantastic. It was also sad. I ready it for class and fell in love. The characters are wonderful and felt like they were real. When Debra meets Leonard, she makes it clear that if he wants her love, he'll have to produce a ring. Leonard must face that moment when he has to decide what matters most and whether he's ready for the love of a good woman. ...more
Aug 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: completed-books
I am in love with this book! Hence the 5 star rating. I see a bit of myself in Shelby. I love the sexual and emotional connection between Shel by and Tyrel. The love is genuine and necessary to gravitate the reader. It's one of those love stories that are in need of a second chance. Key points touched upon in this book are; lack of fatherhood and forgiveness!!!
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is another favorite of mine from EJD. The story of love, friendship, betrayal, and tragedy. I couldn't put this book down and lost lots of sleep reading it. This was a great story that deeply touched my heart and made me cry at the end. I will definitely read this book again and I recommend it to everyone. ...more
Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am a HUGE! fan of Eric's even had my books autographed in Trinidad by him just a few months ago!! His writing pulls at my heart strings really difficult to say which one has been my favorite of all of them, I've read so far as I have truly enjoyed each of the ones I've read this far.Difficult to put down one of his books once you've gotten started.
Dorothy Basnight
Apr 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I read by him and I started looking for other books written by him!! The comparison in the 2 couples, 1 going the route marriage and other not, the effect not being offered marriage had on the relationship. Communications is so key!! I cried with the death on a relationship and the death of one of the persons!!
Mar 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book, is amazing. It keeps you on your toes about event's. It is a ggod book for those who want to fall in love and a taste of what it would be like to fall in love. It is a book, but when you read it you imagen life, it is so realistic. ...more
Sep 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Anyone that knows me can attest to the fact that I pore myself into EJD's novels. He writes with so much attention to detail, you'd swear one of these characters is your best friend or next door neighbor. ...more
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This novel gave me a different perspective on the value of interpersonal relationships. I fell in love with all the characters and could relate to each of them. This one is one of my favourites from EJD.
Brandi Nikkale
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was so captivating. The characters were real and flawed, which I believe made them relatable. The book was amazing and I was able to see the stage-play a few years back and it was amazing as well. I have read this book numerous times. Definitely one worth's a page turner. ...more
T Neff
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
What a powerful story! It was a page turner from beginning to end. I really enjoyed it. It was emtionally touching. If you like books like this, you should also "Under the Peach Tree" by Charlay Marie. ...more
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Eric Jerome Dickey was born in Memphis, Tennessee and attended the University of Memphis (the former Memphis State), where he earned his degree in Computer System Technology. In 1983, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in engineering.

After landing a job in the aerospace industry as a software developer, Eric Jerome Dickey's artistic talents surfaced, inspiring him to become an actor and a

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