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Three friends try and make sense of their poor choices in men. This is the story of three women who love hard. They can't seem to find the right man to appreciate their emotional commitment to the relationships. Emotional overload with bad feelings follow their choice in men. For Reesa it is clear to everyone that Simon is not her soul mate. He doesn't have a job, she does. She's a high powered financial analyst who supports him emotionally and financially. Simon's offerings to the relationship are his good looks and better sex. Reesa knows this is not the makings of a long term affair and even at her worse - she can do better. Fear of not having a baby before her self imposed deadline of thirty-five, is gnawing at her spirit. Reesa should be over waiting for Simon to get it together, but she worries compulsively if it is better to work with the man (trifling) she knows instead of going out in search of someone new. Simon, is self-absorbed and knows he has good thing in Reesa.
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Erica is a classic chocolate but can't seem to find a man who appreciates her looks or the solid footing she provides in a relationship. One, two, and ten one night stands later she grows tired not realizing that going solo can open new doors. Her ex-Kenny shows up and she quickly falls back into their old pattern of his games. Erica is going to have to learn to love herself more than the love she hopes materializes from short lived romances with men who don't get her at all.

The third woman in 'Never Say Never', is Carmen. She bends over backwards into odd shapes twisting to try and please Anthony her man of three years. Anthony is insensitive and views himself as a man's man who should have everything his way. His mama supports his “mans world” views, disrespecting Carmen almost as much as her son. When Jordan and Carmen become friends, he offers so much more than she is used to. What she doesn't count on is getting pregnant. Not sure how Jordan will feel about becoming an instant Daddy, (he's older, confident and a good guy) Carmen almost goes mad trying to decide whether to abort. She can't decide whether to to tell Jordan they're pregnant state, or to hang her hopes out and keep faith that things work in her favor.

Reesa becomes pregnant by Simon, but decides not to have his baby. He's too selfish and while she wants to be a mother, she also wants a partner who will love her and the baby and that means helping to raise the baby and contribute financially. Simon, just isn't capable (by choice).

Erica keeps waiting for a man to “prove his love” by fighting for her. Somewhere along the line she will have to learn to stand on her own love and give herself what she desires for others. Carmen and Kenny may have a shot at real love if she can forgive him. For now, she is willing to give it a shot. A step up from her normal brooding and back-and-forth behavior. She is learning that love is not always a Cinderella fantasy and dealing with reality may be the best course of action.

Carmen has the hardest decision to make of all three women. She wrestles with how to move forward with her life with a baby's daddy and two lovers. Anthony helps her wake up by putting his hands on her ( a no-no). She finally leaves him and moves forward with Jordan.

Reesa, Erica, and Carmen support each other through their poor relationship choices with each finally dealing with inner-struggles and massive denial in order to move forward.
Best part of story, including ending: I disliked that the friends were so willing to give up who they were to please a man.

Best scene in story: My favorite scene was when Carmen kicked Anthony to the curb.

Opinion about the main character: I dislike that it took Reesa so long to put Anthony out and move on with her life.

The review of this Book prepared by C. Imani Williams a Level 13 Blue-Winged Teal scholar

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   black people romance Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes GROUP of women story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   accountant Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Black (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () City?    -   Yes City:    -   dirty, grimy (like New York)

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   Boob talk!    -   Vagia talk! Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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