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Flyy Girl (Flyy Girl #1)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  11,485 Ratings  ·  395 Reviews
The bestselling urban classic novel about a young woman coming of age in the late 1980s. Tracy Ellison, a young knockout with tall hair and attitude, is living life as fast as she can. Motivated by the material world, she and her friends love and leave the young men who will do anything to get next to them. It's only when the world of gratuitous sex threatens heartbreak th ...more
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published August 7th 2001 by Turtleback Books (first published 1993)
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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
Jan 16, 2009 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.
Jan 30, 2008 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
Jan 27, 2012 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
Nardsbaby Reader
Jan 06, 2009 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 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.
Mar 25, 2013 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.
Winter Sophia Rose
Enlightening, Realistic, Page-Turner!!! Excellent Read! I Loved It!
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tracy was very spoiled and childish.She was a pretty girl but her self esteem was low in my opinion,she did grow up some what in the end. I plan to read part two to see whatever became of her.
Mar 06, 2008 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.
Jan 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
This book was good. I gave it 4 stars because it was another typical book about a hard headed black girl going through family troubles, having sex, picking the wrong dude and ending up with nothing. Even though Im tired of hearing this same concept the book was good.
This was pretty good. Some parts did drag and I feel like Tracy could have learned her lesson at a more gradual pace. I love the inclusion of Afro-centric elements. Especially Tracy's poem. It was beautiful. Interesting to see where the rest of her story goes. Full review to come.
Feb 10, 2016 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.
Sep 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book was pretty good. I think there may have been a sequel written.
Jan 27, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
This has to be one of the most poorly written books that I have read.
Danielle Bigsby
May 24, 2016 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 27, 2009 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 06, 2008 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
Lizzie Winns
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I First read this book back when I was a young woman and I loved it then, And now reading this as an older woman in her forties, I still feel the same, my emotions, my head shaking, my busting up out loud and my understanding what the main character is going through as she experience love, life, and happiness are all still the same. With some heart break thrown in the mix.... Now I have to read the sequel to this book to find out how things went after the main character matured into a grown woma ...more
May 18, 2010 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.

3.5 stars. I've thought about re-reading Flyy Girl over the years, just to see if it still holds up. It does in some respects, because it tells the truth about what many young black women experience in love and relationships, no matter their upbringing; back then we only wanted to be cool and accepted by boys and yearned for excitement. I accept Flyy Girl for what it is (was), but reading it now, I feel like I'm glad to be past this age.
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!
Ashely Nicole
Nov 04, 2012 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.
Ms. Nikki
Jun 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can remember reading this and seeing some of my "friends" at the time experiencing some of the same scenarios that Omar talked about. This is about teens, fast teens, boys not yet men, the promiscuity that prevailed in the 80's, and growing up. I read this over 15 years ago and still remember. I guess that says something~
Apr 13, 2010 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
Black Carrie
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nov 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this as a teenager it was a good read and fun for teens.
Feb 24, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
From the jacket description, this probably wasn't a book I would normally pick up. I'm not typically a fan of soap opera like stuff and most chick lit. But this was on a list I ran across of the top books for African-American teens and so I figured I should give it a shot. I can kinda see how this might be a guilty pleasure read for some, but it just really didn't do it for me. I think it's because I just really didn't like the main character.

I can see how the author might have perceived this a
Jashala Fears
Sep 23, 2011 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
Dec 07, 2009 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.
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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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