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Jessica

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  • Just Too Good to Be True: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By E. Lynn Harris
    • Narrated By Adenrele Ojo, Bahni Turpin, Mirron Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Brady Bledsoe and his mother, Carmyn, have a strong relationship. A single mother, faithful churchgoer, and the owner of several successful Atlanta beauty salons, Carmyn has devoted herself to her son and his dream of becoming a professional football player. Brady has always followed her lead, including becoming a member of the church's "Celibacy Circle".

    Marcia says: "Entertaining Journey"
    "Just Too Bad..."
    Overall

    Smitten with The Help, I sought out more of narrator Bahni Turpin's work. The listening-snippet provided by Audible of Just Too Good to Be True is admittedly intriguing. The book as a whole, however, is another story. Reminiscent of a sixth grader's writing, Harris's attempt at working slang into the dialog is clich? and unrealistic. Excessive descriptions do nothing to liven or advance the story. Do we need to know every item each character is wearing at all times? Do we need recycled descriptions of each character's skin tone? Cinnamon toast, caramel, chocolate milk...we get it, we get it...everybody in Harris's novel is attractive, like the African-American version of Melrose Place. And like a TV melodrama, this book is all fluff. If Harris focused less on irrelevant details and more on developing a story, Just Too Good... Might've had some potential. As it is, however, I find this story to be a total disappointment.

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