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Ain't No Sunshine

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  1,143 ratings  ·  175 reviews
Whites Only. Those words adorned every building in Livingston, Virginia during the summer of 1963 confusing and angering five-year-old Stephen Phillips. Those words told him that what he felt for his colored neighbor Ruthie was wrong. As a teenager, Ruthie becomes the only ray of sunshine in his abusive life and he is not willing to let her go without a fight, a fight that ...more
Kindle Edition, 200 pages
Published August 21st 2010 by Little Prince Publishing (first published August 20th 2010)
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Tara Chevrestt
This one left me reeling... It has a lot in its favor. This is one of those books that I found myself asking, "Why is it self pubbed? This is good stuff..."

First of all, even though the narrator is male, I loved his voice. I loved the way he showed his story, not told it. He drew me in, had my sympathizing, and wondering what was going to happen to him next. Second, I could not for the life of me figure out what was going to happen. Just when I thought I had the entire story figured out... it w
Jun 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED THIS BOOK! WOW! I can see myself reading it, again. Stephen and Ruthie, I loved their story. I couldn't put it down, I read it straight thru. This was one of the best stories I've read in a long time. It's most definitely one of my favorites, now. I want more stories like this. Love stories that doesn't have a woman submitting, or begging for more, (that crap urks me) or that always has the man as the hero. I enjoyed not reading any of that. It truly was a GOOD READ.
3.5 stars...

Ignore the cover, there is nothing erotic/sexy about this one. I think it's misleading to categorize this book as romance at all. The relationship between Stephen and Ruthie is romanticized in a coming of age sort of way but this is high drama with a bit of mystery thrown in for good measure. While the incest is only referred to-the only detailed intimacy is between Stephen and a random girl- the child abuse, domestic violence, and racism are all vividly detailed (the casual way Step
Jul 05, 2011 rated it liked it
I really liked this book up until the very end. The drama and the portrayal of both child and spousal abuse was captivating. Like many prominent moral authorities, the Reverend Phillips is a terror in his private life and no moral authority at all. Reading about what Stephen and his mom go through should open eyes to what really happens in an abusive home, if one doesn't already have a good idea.

It was clear from the beginning that Ruthie and Stephen were going to end up together, even if you i
Jessa ♥dhanger♥ EvilDarkSide

This story will pull you in from the beginning and have you sympathizing with the main characters early on. The writing is strong and the love story between Stephen and Ruthie is well written. Why only 2 1/2 stars then? The part of the story where two people fall in love and deal with interracial aspects and hardships was beautifully done...and that would have been enough for me. It was the deep buried family secrets that came to light about halfway through the story that turned everyth
Mar 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Just finished reading this book and read it in one sitting. This is Stephen and Ruthie’s story. The story actually broke my heart. It’s an emotional roller coaster of a read and had me in knots. I cannot give away any of the story-line except to say, there is suspense, thriller, murder, abuse, love. This story was engrossing and a page turner and had me in a totally head spin. I have always wanted to read a story with this theme because I know how difficult it must be to fall in love and then ha ...more
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, 2014
I loved the premise and the theme, but the characters were very one dimensional and everyone in the story was a cliche.
That, I really believed.
Heidi Marvin
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I literally read this short story from start to finish without moving a muscle! It quickly captured me and held me right to the very end.
C.E. Hart
Apr 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Ain’t No Sunshine, a novella written by Leslie DuBois.

This story wowed me. I was drawn in immediately and the wonderful narration kept me glued. The imagery is strong and the dialogue is believable and engaging. I was moved by the characters and cared about their outcome.

The story begins as Stephen Phillips is interrogated by a badgering Chicago police officer. “Did you do it, Stephen?” The officer places gruesome photos of Reverend Phillips’ bloody corpse on the table, but Stephen refuses to l
Sep 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who loves a love story
This is a book about two young people who grew up together in the 1960s racial south who eventually fall in love with each other. This would not be a problem except one is black and the other is white. Stephen is the son a white pastor and Ruthie is a black girl who happens to live in a cottage at the end of Stephen's fathers property. They forge a friendship because they hold a common bond of struggle--Stephen is living with an abusive father and a passive mother, Ruthie is dealing with being b ...more
Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Stephen and Ruthie spend their childhood years living next door to one another and spending every minute of their free time together. Stephen is being raised by a vicious and violent father and an abused and ineffective mother and Ruthie often treats his wounds and consoles him. As time moves on the feelings that Ruthie and Stephen share outgrow their childhood fancies and mature even as they do. Eventually they realize they have fallen in love and want to spend their lives together. The catches ...more
Amanda Presley
Jul 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in 6 hours. All I can say is WOW! I highly recommend this book, its one of the best I've read in a long time. I picked it up because I can relate to the main characters and their interracial relationship, families that aren't exactly accepting, and the negativity that goes along with it in certain places. This book is so much more than that! I fell in love with the characters from the start, this book sent me through a roller coaster of emotions. A few times I stopped reading wi ...more
--karen Green-berry
Aug 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A Great Story- BRAB Online Book Club

I read this book in a few hours. This book was recommended in a few bookclubs but so have others, but this one left me speechless. It had so many twist and turns, I didn't know what to expect or say except that it's intriguing and wonderful.

Ritchie and Stephen grew up together but their relationship was always considered taboo. He was white and she was biracial/black. The story started with them as children and took us through their childhood as well the stori
May 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
"Ain't No Sunshine" is a well-written engaging book that chronicles an abusive home life and the burgeoning cross-racial love between two young people. There were a couple of surprises toward the end of the book, and I did not see them coming. Hats off to the author for that! The sympathy a reader feels for the protagonist takes a bit of hit when the plot shifts, leaving the reader unsure how to feel. Without including any spoilers, I really can't expand on that. But it is an excellent book that ...more
Dr. Bronwyn Ph.D of Smutology
This was a challenge read and is not at all my usual genre. For about 3/4 of the book I thought it was enjoyable yet fairly predictable.

Then bam!!! Everything flips. Well written, dealing with the drama that was that time in history in regards to interracial relationships. I felt like the story was missing some undeniable emotion that gives you real insight into the characters but because it was written in a story telling fashion we never got any other points of view. I wanted more but was still
Jun 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Very good writing and character development. Leslie DuBois pulled no punches with this story and ends it with a twist (call me caught up with the story, but I didn't see that twist coming).

Between an abusive father, racism, and life in Virginia during the late sixties and early seventies you have a coming of age love story.

I got this as a free read on amazon and had no real expectations other than my friend Shenika gave it 5 stars. Thanks Shenika for finding this one!
Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-read

Pixel of Ink readers highly recommended this book so I decided I finally needed to set some time aside to read it.

The beginning felt a little slow to me, but it worked well to read in tidbits here and there when I only had a few minutes to read - so it worked well and I kept reading. I'm VERY glad I did. The story just got better and better and the ending was a *major* zinger that will shock everyone.

Great story! I look forward to reading more books by Leslie DuBois!
Jun 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
I did not expect to love this story so much, but it grabbed me from the very beginning. Yes the story deals with some very uncomfortable sexual themes that many have problems with, but these are themes that are real and true to the time period regardless of how people feel about it.

I wish the story had had a different ending but find that this ending happened more times in the south at that time period than people are willing to admit.
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It begins like an easy weekend read, predictable yet engrossing. Then 90 % on and I am on the edge of my chair. Then I laughed at the very ‘tail twisting’ epilogue. I don’t know where I got that phrase but that's the image that comes up while I sat there grinning at the end of the book. There are issues on the book that, in the past, made me put a book down instantly. However, by the time the issue arise, there is a bigger mystery that caught my attention.
Apr 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I thought that it seemed pretty predictable and some of it was but I enjoyed how everything came together at the end. Very smooth read and I remained interested right from the start. I thought the characters were 3 dimensional and I loved that we saw the relationship between Ruthie and Stephan grow and develop over time.
Angie Caudill
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm dizzy. This story was like an attempt to answer a riddle. Something like : if Theresa's grandmother is my daughter's mother, how many pencils could you eat before you get lead poisoning. The story did trigger an audible gasp from me which rarely happens. That alone earns it 4 stars.
Mar 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
Loved this one. Most of the characters were believable. The ending was not exactly predictable, but, that's what made it so great. Great read!
Jul 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
This is a seriously disturbing story, but it was really well written and just leaves you breathless.
Mercedes Keyes
Oct 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommended by readers at JK Space Nook... needing a break, I gave it a try! 5 stars and then some! What an enjoyable day I spend starting and finishing this short sweet gem!
I just finished this book. All I can say is OMG regarding the Ending!!!!
Jun 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
I read this book last year but, if I recall, I'd say it would have been a 3-star review if not for the KUH-RAZY twist! That's all I'm gonna say about that.
Jun 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Finished this in one day. Was a definite page-turner with some twists I never saw coming.
This book was absorbing like really !! Not exactly your typical love story and I whoop to that !!

So, we start off the story with Stephen and Ruthie apparently arrested by police and Stephen is being interrogated by a neutral cop. We learn about their them from Stephen's story telling to the cop. We learn who they are, how they met and what happened up until how they ended up in the police station.

The book is very short, only 200 pages. It's not that it did not have enough plot, it did and it ha
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was not time for mixed race relationships, but it seemed Stephen love Ruthie all his life. His older brother tried to protect him from an abusive father. It is a horrid story that is reflective of the attitudes during the 1960s. When they finally are old enough to take off, his father, the Reverend Theodore, is killed. Stopped by the police for a broken taillight, Stephen is the prime suspect. There is nothing pleasant about family and their sordid secrets. Ellipsis is overused and distracted ...more
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Sybil Nelson lives in Charleston, SC with her husband and two daughters. She is a PhD student at the Medical University of South Carolina and has written ten novels."

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