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
I don't want this book to end...I listen while walking and find myself laughing outlound and wiping tears under my sunglasses...a beautiful story...I would love to find more books by these authors...
This book is wonderful, it made me feel happy, sad, laugh and cry. It will make you think of the people in your life and thoses that are to come and how we all touch each other in different ways, some will stay and some will go and you will be the better for it.
This is easily one of the best I've purchased ever. A year later, I still listen to it periodically, feeling very much a part of the lives of Jewel, Carmen and Regina as each character represents a portion of my past.
Humor, suspense, indignation and sorrow. What more can you ask for? Definitely a keeper!
This book was the absolute TRUTH!!! if you want love, friendship, relationship, of how it really should/could be, read/hear this book. It is always so refreshing to read/hear about healthy relationships with real problems from the real world. The narrator is amazing, it is hard to believe she is only one person, for all these characters.
This was a really good book. The narrarator captured the heart and soul of each character. The relationships are described supurbly with such depth and shows how great the authors are.
If you want to laugh and cry -this book is for you. Great read.
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.
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