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". Now in his senior year at college, the smart, and very handsome Brady is a lead contender for the Heisman Trophy and a spot in the NFL.
As sports agents hover around Brady, Barrett, a beautiful and charming cheerleader, sets her mind on tempting the celibate Brady and getting a piece of his multimillion-dollar future - but is that all she wants from him, and is she acting alone?
Carmyn is determined to protect her son. She's also determined to protect the secret she's kept from Brady his whole life. As things heat up on campus and Carmyn and Brady's idyllic relationship starts to crumble, mother and son begin to wonder about the other - are you just too good to be true?
A sweeping novel about mothers and sons, football and beauty shops, secrets and lies, Just Too Good to Be True has all the ingredients that have made E. Lynn Harris a best-selling author: family, friendship, faith, and love.
©2008 E. Lynn Harris; (P)2008 Random House, Inc.
E. Lynn Harris has a formula for writing that always seems to work and is fairly predictable! I suppose he sticks to the adage, if it ain't broke, don't fix it!
It is a story of a young man, his mother's love and her secrets, a deceitful woman, and a number of good men! As predicted, the book will make you laugh, sigh, think and remember (if you ever were in college).
The story is told with 3 narrators, 2 are women and the only down side for me, was the male narrator who attempted to produce a southern male voice. At the beginning, his interpretation was awful! The male narrator sounded more like a antebellum southern slave, who makes attempts to speak like a 1870's white southerner! It was quite obviously fake and this made it quite annoying. I wondered why the producer of the audio did not find an authentic southern male narrator instead of selecting someone who did not have a natural southern accent. I almost gave up on the book within the first couple of chapters. However, eventually the male narrator gave up the pretense and used a more natural college aged male voice and it flowed much better, was more believable.
The story itself has enough twists to keep you listening and reacting as a good story book should. All in all, not Mr. Harris' best, but not his worst either!
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.
Riveting, hilarious, touching
When Grady always looked out for his mom no matter the situation
This was an awesome read! The characters were moving, and each person had a story to tell! E.Lynn Harris was a beast on pen and paper ... and he'll forever be a lost treasure that will leave a gaping hole in the literary world!
If you are a fan of the Books with Basil, you will enjoy this one. This is the first time I truly enjoyed Basil Henderson character. Good read rather listen...........
This book is a good read but the only thing that I had to get use to was the main characters voice. His voice sounded to much like a dumb country boy that didn't know right from wrong, and his voice sounded more of a older man like a father figure than a young college student. If u can get pass the male voice, it is a pretty good book to listen to.
Not one of his best but entertaining nonetheless, less gay charicters and a little more coniving and shallow charicters but I always enjoy his style of writing and knowledge of the African American Community
E. Lynn Harris is a great author who moved away from his usual topic but still manage to pull me in with his twist and turns. In this book the story was so deep and rich I just could not wait to hear what happened next. The way the story is read was five stars. I have read and listen to many of his books and this on was great and I just can't wait for the next.
This book was not only good, but was fun to listen to.
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