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message 1: by Racheal (new)

Racheal OMG! I was wondering if there was anyone else who felt like me 😩😩. Really wanted to like but GEESH


message 2: by Asia (new)

Asia J Racheal wrote: "OMG! I was wondering if there was anyone else who felt like me 😩😩. Really wanted to like but GEESH"

it's especially disheartening because the book had such a great premise, it had potential, but it was really written like a cheap screenplay. the plot turned into something elementary and the black characters were being made a mockery of which confused me and just made me mad. so disappointed. i was too nice i should've given this book two stars


message 3: by Katherine (new)

Katherine I so agree about the dialogue


message 4: by Kim (new)

Kim I agree with everything said here. I found myself yelling at the book and characters throughout the book (in between cringing). This is a small thing as compared to all the fundamental problems with the character development and dialogue, but it bugged me. Seriously, Alix was checking Emira’s phone on a daily basis? Who leaves their phone so unguarded and unattended regularly? How can so much private info be read by a nosy horrid Mom in a day? Ugggh. I could make a huge list of the stuff that annoyed me about this book.


message 5: by Steffi (new)

Steffi Okay, so I thought the book was okay for a debut novel as well. And tbh I haven't seen a lot of people of color raving about it... only white people which I have found a bit disconcerting when it comes to it. Was it good because it was written a black author or is there another reason? Idk. I went in hoping I'd like it cause it's being reposted all over the place, but left feeling very "meh" about it.


message 6: by Breanna (new)

Breanna I’m inclined to agree with these statements and I’m only 90+ pages in. The writing is very “fluffy” in the sense that it reads like a Rom-Com. I’ve been searching for other reviews by black women because I knew I could not be the only one with these thoughts. I’m gonna keep reading to see if my opinions change. 🤷🏾‍♀️


message 7: by Marcella (new)

Marcella I am really struggling with this book. Only on chapter 6. I keep falling asleep. I don't understand the hype. Trying to decide if I should stick it out or abort mission.


message 8: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa I’ve been feeling the same. 50% through & I keep hoping it’s going to get better since there is SO MUCH HYPE. But the dialogue is distracting, the premise is implausible & the characters aren’t likable?


message 9: by Marcella (new)

Marcella I gave up and returned it.


message 10: by Alastair (new)

Alastair I’m glad I found this review. I’ve seen the book around in stores, and being curious I finally got around to reading the summary. I thought maybe I was being too harsh, but it felt very...white saviour-y to me? And then I went to look at reviews from people who read it and was very worried I had to scroll wayyyyyy down to find even *one* review from a black woman. Glad the one I found reaffirms my suspicions, and thanks for posting. Definitely gonna skip this one.


message 11: by Christian (new)

Christian Cuabo Asia wrote: "Racheal wrote: "OMG! I was wondering if there was anyone else who felt like me 😩😩. Really wanted to like but GEESH"

it's especially disheartening because the book had such a great premise, it had ..."


Exactly my thought! It was uncomfortable to read, especially Alix's pov.


message 12: by Tensy (new)

Tensy I just wrote similar review. Glad I'm not the only one who disliked it in the vast fan mania for this book.


message 13: by Allie (new)

Allie The dialogue for Emria and her friends made me put the book down several times. Cringe. And Alix was just a major cringe. Also little Briar’s dialogue... I get what she was going for but it just didn’t sit right. It was weird.


message 14: by Deezy (new)

Deezy Yoooo as a white woman I had to look up the author at some point because I was like is this author....a white gal trying to write about black gals? I will say though that the author definitely nailed the Instagram obsessed young white moms though—it made me sick in that it made me like ugh this is too real. Anyway yeah the dialogue sucked wooffff


message 15: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca I was yelling at the book and the characters as well. I'm relieved that I'm not the only one who found this book disappointing and not that well written. Were all these rave-reviewers drugged or bribed? I really have to wonder...


message 16: by Christian (last edited Jan 29, 2020 06:17PM) (new)

Christian Cuabo Rebecca wrote: "I was yelling at the book and the characters as well. I'm relieved that I'm not the only one who found this book disappointing and not that well written. Were all these rave-reviewers drugged or br..."

It is a Reese Whitherspoon book of the month. I think, that is a big factor.


message 17: by Muschicktang (new)

Muschicktang I agree 100%. I’m 3/4 through and having a hard time finishing it but I’ll keep going. But wow.


message 18: by Angie (new)

Angie I agree.....the dialogue is no good.


message 19: by Gloria (new)

Gloria Kimera Agreed... I wish this book would stop getting so much praise. The author made Alix and Kelley look bad obviously but she also made her Protagonist something to be desired.... uninspired.


message 20: by Alanté (new)

Alanté Delores IT...WAS...TERRIBLE. The dialog was so terrible and straight to the point. No kind of descriptors or imagery just a choppy mess


message 21: by Sammy (new)

Sammy Looked around for reviews from other black women and thankfully found this. I'm feeling the same as everyone else in this thread. Only 80 pages in, but I may drop it. I told myself I wouldnt waste time on books I dislike or cant get into this year as I really want to reach my reading goal.


message 22: by Sammy (new)

Sammy It also felt very white savior-ish.


message 23: by Miouly (new)

Miouly Pongnon Thank you for your honest assessment of this book, particularly because you are in the minority of those who were not wowed by the book. I found your observation that the book appears to have been written with a view of being optioned for a movie particularly trenchant. Its sad but true that good literature suffers in service of the movie industry.


message 24: by Isatou (new)

Isatou Jallow i havent read the book but reading the description i could imagine exactly what it would be like and seeing this comment kinda made my decision for me


message 25: by Hilary (new)

Hilary I love this review. It’s so succinct, and the dialogue WAS atrocious.


message 26: by Beth (new)

Beth Duder I just finished this book. I agree that it felt like a white woman writing about a black woman's struggles. I almost quit in the middle. All of the characters were annoying, even the toddler.


message 27: by Josh (new)

Josh Ball I am so confused by this review... you realize the author is black right? And she had talked about her close relationship to some the situations AND dialogue..


message 28: by Natasha (new)

Natasha Rose Glad to know I wasn’t the only one that didn’t like it. The dialogue felt cheesy and unrealistic; sadly stereotyped. I tried to get over that but the ending capped it for me, why did we need a hyper speed look at her future life?


message 29: by MsVontrese (new)

MsVontrese Asia J thank you for your review. I am going to finish the book because I am behind in my reading goal for the year. However, the dialogue is based on a stereotype. This makes it harder to read.


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