Wednesday, September 28, 2011
NEW REVIEW: Deneen A Connor - Tell Him
Tell Him -
Available Now! -
3 out of 5 books -
The story opens with Gail and Skky going back and forth about doing it or not doing it. Gail tells Skky; “How do you know you won’t like it if you don’t try it?" Skky’s stance to her friend of ten years is that it’s for the desperate and she certainly is not desperate. The “it” they are going back and forth about is using Blackplanet.com to find a date. After being single for so long, Skky realizes that she has nothing to lose and she logs on and creates an account. She receives several different hits from her profile and webpage on Blackplanet.com from screen names like Vanilla Skkies (a sixty something year old white guy), a nineteen year old with the name D Lover, and A Real Brother. At least for her, it was a starting point. Skky manages to keep a friendship with Vanilla Skkies. A Real Brother is a hopeful, but Distant Lover is a bust. After chatting back and forth with A Real Brother (a.k.a. DeVaughn) for a few weeks, they decide to take it offline and have their first telephone conversation, and then they meet face to face. Two months later, things are going well with DeVaughn and Skky...or so we think.
Another failed relationship under her belt, Skky decides after watching “The Wedding Story” to make a list as Lisa did so she too can meet and marry her true love. A few attributes from her list are: tall, dark, handsome, bald, no kids, and honest. Once she compiles her list, she too puts it in the bible just like the character on the show. The results from the show was that Lisa married the man from her list. The man from Skky’s list is Channing, and he is her knight in shining armor. All is going well and they are getting closer and closer, until Channing leaves a few of his clothing at her house and Skky loses it. Can Skky maintain this relationship with Channing, or will his name be added to the already long list of many. Maybe her BFF (best friends forever) Gail is right...maybe Skky is her own worst enemy?
Tell Him by Deneen A. Connor shows that “Love means exposing yourself to the pain of being hurt, deeply hurt by someone you trust, and getting back on the ride and love like it was the first time." The book reads like several diary entries. Even looking at the book cover, it reminds me of a stage setting for some spoken word show. All in all, Tell Him was an okay read. I just didn’t feel like there was a story there to tell. I didn’t like the main character at all. I felt as if I didn’t know her, and what I knew about her wasn’t explored...it was told to the reader. However, I did enjoy the acknowledgments because it helped me to appreciate my mom more.
Reviewed by Missy for Urban Reviews
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