This was a thoroughly enjoyable read. It's so refreshing to read a black protagonist whose life is informed by her blackness, but not defined by it. I really rooted for Davie, even when she was acting a plum fool and had my face hot with every emotion under the sun. I would read a dozen books just like this one. Reading this was also very curative, as I've been feeling a little despondent about being a black woman in a world that isn't so nice to black women and this book really made me feel pampered. One star off because I thought the ending was a little too tidy, but still a brilliant book.
I bought this book maybe a year after it was released. I had heard nothing but good things about it, so I had to read it. But I never did. It kept moving further and further down my TBR list and I have nothing idea why. Anyway, someone in one of my FB groups posted something about it recently and I decided that it was finally time to take the plunge.
Y'all, this is truly storytelling at its finest. Davie Jones is truly a one I f a kind character. The storyline and the characters will pull you in from Page 1 and refuse to let you go until you finish the book.
An excellent read. So glad I got my mind right and finally decided to read this one. If you haven't done so already, check it out! You will not regret it.
I bought this book because I heard the main character was obsessed with Sixteen Candles-- yes, I love the '80s and that was enough to sell me on the book.
I am SO glad I bought this book. I read overwhelmed with wanting to hug Davidia, the author, and the actual book.
The plot, characters, emotions are all complex and mixed with the dirty realities of life along with the beautiful optimism that anything can happen and everyone deserves a "Molly Ringwald Ending." I won't get into the actual plot (you can read the summary) because it won't do justice to the book and it's best to let the story and characters surprise you. But I loved the story from the very beginning to the end and the characters were so real and human and lovely and flawed and broken and spirited that I truly enjoyed being allowed to live in their world for the brief time it took me to read.
In the beginning, I struggled a lot with the main character, her situation, and the horrors she faced. I often didn’t agree with her actions or how creepy she was. That was the beauty of the writing, I wanted to dislike her, yet I ended up rooting for her the entire time. There were so many negatives, yet I wanted her to win. The author creates complex emotions around characters and jumps back and forth in time effectively to create a multi-layered story that comes full circle.
32 Candles Review: Very entertaining nice flow and enough drama to keep u reading. This was a good depiction of what bullying can do to your self esteem and the dysfunctions it can cause in your adult life. As sweet lovable and innocent as Davie was she was manipulative and sneaky. She orchestrated some of the best set ups. But all in all she right all her wrongs. Her mama was a mess, my favorite character was Nicky and yep he was a perfect fit for Veronica. What i like about the story is how she entangled the character on how everybody met, got together, broke up and got back together, it was believable, it could happen that way. I glad in the end she got her 32 candles (James)
I got this book because of all the good reviews. But I was highly disappointed . Davie was literally treated terrible the whole book. She was only treated nice by James and mama jane. The book started off interesting but then it became dull. I didn’t care for her and Nicky relationship at all. She was defiantly groomed by him and to call him a surrogate father was kind of weird. Veronica never apologized to her and continue to be rude and nasty but yet she gets a happy ending . 🙄
5 stars because I hated to put the book down. This book was Awsome!! It kept my attention from the very beginning all the way through to the ending. Absolutely loved the twist and turns and 16 Candles was also one of my favorite movies growing up, till now. I fell in love and hated whoever Davie loved and hated. I laughed and cried. Only thing that bothered me was the way they spoke in the third person. She was this and He was doing that. Yet still an Amazing read.❤🔥😘👍😜✊🏾
It is currently 5:28am. My eyes are bloodshot, I have a headache, but my heart is so full.
The life of Davidia Jones is the most compelling, Cinderella-esque, 80's tribute but in a real Southern black way story that I've read. The reality is that life is often times hard, cruel, senseless and absurd. But it can also be movie moment magical and Davidia experiences all of this and more in her 32 years of life.