Renee and Jay Book Summary and Study Guide

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JJ Murray
Kensington, June 2001, 23.00, 304 pp.
ISBN: 1575668629

    African-American Renee Howard's drive from her job as a customer service representative for Star City Cable to her home usually takes a few minutes. However, not only was she crawling home due to the snowstorm that socks Roanoke, Virginia, her car skids sideways and becomes stuck, leaving her stranded at Luchesi's Restaurant. In the restaurant parking lot, Renee meets the manager Giovanni “Jay” Luchesi, who tries to help her out of her stuck spot. That fails so she enters the restaurant where the heat between the Italian stallion and the African-American sister could have melted the snow if they stepped back outside.
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    Even after the snow is gone, RENEE AND JAY continue to see each other because they have fallen in love at first sight. However, his father and her mother object to any relationship between them not just because of the issue of interracial coupling though that is part of the concern. Still Jay and Renee go out of their way to understand the essence of their beloved because both want a lifetime relationship filled with loving and nurturing.

    Renee is a likable humorous individual trying to make it and will garner empathy. On the other hand, Jay is too stereotyped as no one could be so 100% pure white bread like him in a city 25 per cent Black, which in turn makes his efforts to become a bit toasted fail to ring genuine. Though R and J are not Romeo and Juliet or Tony and Maria, the story line deeply explores the problems confronting interracial couples from within and from loving relatives who genuinely want the best for their beloved.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Struggling with whom?    -   Mom Family focus?    -   Yes Family, hating    -   Yes

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   small businessman Age/status:    -   20's-30's Sex makes him    -   blissful

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   small businessman Effect of sexing    -   confused    -   blissful


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death What % of story is romance related?    -   50% Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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