Jewel is Hollywood royalty; as the teenage star of the TV show Daddy's Girl, her face is instantly recognizable all across America. Now, though, she wants two things: to get a serious education and to leave her controlling stage-mother behind. Regina is the definitive upper-middle-class African-American girl. Her picture-perfect parents are what she calls "black Ward and June Cleavers", and their goals for her are like a stranglehold. No one can see, though, how far Regina's rebellious side will take her, or how treacherous it will become. Carmen is just trying to get by. A child of the projects whose father is dead and whose mother has vanished, Carmen has been raised by her abusive brother. Columbia is the way for her to get a better life, if she can hold down two jobs and keep her grade point average up.
When the three of them meet, their lives are at a crossroad. And as the years progress, from the 1980s to the present day, they are challenged by drug addiction, fame, secrets from the past, sickness, betrayal, and the darkest things women can face. One of them won't survive. But what will be the lasting legacy of their friendship? Better Than I Know Myself is a novel of heartache, triumph, tears, and the unshakeable bonds among women.
©2004 Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant; (P)2004 Blackstone Audiobooks
This has to be the best audible purchase I have made so far. The characters touched me in so many ways. I could feel the warmth of the friendships of these women. The relationships with their families and men. Good job.
I got a bit emotional towards the end. This was a very meaningful read. Each day I looked forward to seeing what the girls were up to. My friendships will look different to me now.
This was the second book that I chose from audible. At first I though it would be too long but once I started listening I couldnt get enough. I copied to CD, put it on my mp3 and the computer. It is a great book on friendships and learning from your different experiences in life. I wish audible would get their other books.
I made friends with the three women in this book and I was very sad when the book came to an end. The reader was excellent and I highly recommend it to everyone.
This was my first audio book. I began listening during the return trip of my vacation as I drove from Alabama back to New Jersey. I listened to over 14 hours straight--from Atlanta to Maryland. I just couldn't stop. I felt as if I hadn't blinked the whole time I was listening. The characters were so real it was easy to relate to them. I laughed with them and I cried with them. At the end, I felt great sadness--as if I would no longer have these "friends" in my life. My only complaint is with the narrator. The voices gave my a bad impression of some of the characters--especially the men. All the men sounded so ignorant. If you decide to listen to this book, just be prepared for the annoying voices of the narrator. Other than that, I highly recommend this book. I would have given it 5 stars of it were not for the narrator.
At first I wasn't sure if I wanted to listen to a story that was 19 hours, however this book kept my attention and at the end I wanted more.
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