Jordan Greene has left his hometown of Tennessee for New York and big city living. The sheer number of billboards cause Jordan to stop in awe when he walks downtown. Tennessee was never as cold offering warmer temperatures that didn't freeze his fingers and toes. He finds it hard to adjust to the vastness of Queens, but eventually finds a good friend in Solomon, a fellow southern transplant. Soon, things are going well for Jordan in the computer business in his Wall Street office.
Jordan followed an unwritten rule that discouraged inter-racial dating. In fact, his luck with his ebony girlfriend J'nette is not going all that well. She isn't returning his phone calls. When Jordan meets Kimberly during a shared cab ride and they connect, he starts to question things that he used to be able to count on, like staying in his lane. Kimberly is white and Jordan is black. He has never considered dating outside of his race. As he and J'nette grow further apart, he and Kimberly connect on a spiritual level.
Kimberly, a visual artist is very independent, pretty, open, and loves black music. She isn't tripping on Jordan because he's black. She really wants to get to know him. The cab ride leads to an offer for Jordan to stop by her apartment and check out her art work. He goes, but is very uncomfortable and even hopes she has a roommate. What he has heard about race mixing is playing with his head so much he can't let his guard down. He makes a mental note of a few things. Kimberly has been to Africa and he hasn't, she isn't pretentious, and he is the one with the attitude.
Jordan pauses to give his tight circle of friends a bit of consideration. He and Solomon work for the same company and is in a committed relationship with J'nette's B.F.F. Zoe. J'nette works in the same building upstairs. If he shares that he is falling for Kimberly with Solomon it is bound to get back to J'nette before Jordan is even sure if they are moving towards anything serious.
When J'nette hits Jordan up for three hundred dollars for an abortion she admits that the baby, may or may not be his. She doesn't want her family to know she's pregnant and Jordan gives her the money. Kimberly accompanies Jordan to Solomon and Zoe's New Year's Eve party and black women in attendance (friends of J'nette and Zoe) let him have it. His only true friend that night is Solomon who supports his new relationship.
The strong friendship between Jordan and Solomon is challenged when it comes out that J'nette may have been pregnant by Solomon. Jordan can't move past the betrayal. Things get worse when Kimberly's secrets begin to surface. She is married to a man named Peter whom she never mentioned to Jordan. She wants an easy divorce especially since she and Jordan have started looking at engagement rings.
When she and Peter are mugged after signing divorce papers, Kimberly lands in the hospital. Her parents fly in. Turns out she her father is half black, which makes her mixed. Jordan can't take all the deception. He feels self righteous for two seconds until his conscious reminds him he hasn't shared that he may have impregnated J'nette.
Jordan and Kimberly have a heart-to-heart airing things out enough to speak and hear the truth. They determine in the process that they want to work on their relationship.
Best part of story, including ending:
I liked that Kimberly and Jordan were willing to practice forgiveness of each other.
Best scene in story:
My favorite scene was when Jordan gave (lent) J'nette the abortion money. He owned his part for having sex with her.
Opinion about the main character:
I disliked that it took Jordan so long to stop worrying about what others thought about his relationship with Kimberly.
marthalene grady on 9/3/2016 6:43:41 AM says: This was our book club selection. I enjoyed this read because it visited how spontaneous relationships can happen when we least expect it. I liked how the author brought in Kimberly's, race and how race impacts everything in society, family, friendships and careers. Good read!