Broken Conditions

The Clean Colored Girl Chronicles, Book 1
Narrated by: Jo Lena Johnson
Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Broken Conditions highlights the author’s college years and chronicles key relationships, which lead to drama, adventure, hurt, and poor choices into her 30s. See how growing up affects and influences almost every decision, relationship, and behavior. When what she learned wasn’t working, she did something about it...sometimes!

The Clean Colored Girl Chronicles are stories from one woman’s life as she shares how relationships made her and broke her. As she learned how to navigate through being a daughter with parent issues, a black woman, single woman, dating woman, married yet unhappy woman, divorced woman, and an entrepreneur, she is a clean colored girl, making it in the world. Trials keep you strong when you learn to endure them, and that she does.

©2018 Jo Lena Johnson (P)2018 Jo Lena Johnson

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Broken condtions

A very honest expose about life . It is an eye opener.
I received a free review copy

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Good listening experience

What made the experience of listening to Broken Conditions the most enjoyable?

I was able to get a feel of how the author, who was narrating, was feeling. You could hear the inflections in her voice.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene in the car with the trumpet player was my favorite scene because I could imagine what was happening.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Listening to this book made me think about the choices I have made in my life and my relationship with my mother. It made me realize some things aren't all my fault and gives me some perspective on my choices.

Any additional comments?

Jo Lena Johnson in Broken Conditions bravely reveals stories about her relationships and takes responsibility for the choices she made. It's that honest revelation that makes you take a look at your own life.

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to continue pushing forward!

a young lady who genuinely wants to help others through her mistakes and successes!what a description of what is necessary to succeed in life! highly recommended and I'm looking forward to her other works!

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A great listen for women of all ages and hues

I didn't have any expectations when I downloaded this listen. I liked the audio sample and thought I would give it a try. Totally worth it.

The author takes a very candid and extremely close-up view of the events in her past and the people who helped shape her world. Her narration of the material was a good choice.
Johnson elevates the written word and makes it feel like two friends having a catch-up.

This book is about choices and consequences and what happens when we get back up after a knock-down. It's a great listen for women of all ages and hues.

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A Must Read!

This book made me feel. Let’s talk about self acceptance and holding ourselves accountable when we are wrong. I love how she embraces everything about her life. The Good, bad, & ugly! I don’t want to give too much -Just Read It! I can feel the anointing in her voice.

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Riveting...Telling...Truthful!

The author gave a raw and gritty look into the good, the bad and the ugly "holes" in her life. This story made me hold a mirror up and see my very own holes and what must done to stop creating more of them. Listening to her made me realize how much the dynamics between my parents and I shaped some of my more rigid views. I would recommend this book for everyone.

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Broken Conditions - an investment in Self

Listening to Jo Lena talk about her personal experiences was helpful, healing and encouraging:
- Helpful, because she puts feelings into words that I've often felt, especially when dealing with romantic relationships
- Healing, in that sharing her experiences makes me connect and feel less ashamed of what I have, and still, allow
- Encouraging, because it's not over yet. LOL

In my opinion, "Broken Conditions" is a vehicle for self-healing, especially for those of us who are not yet ready to talk about the things we are ashamed of / embarrassed about. It's a way for us to be truthful with ourselves, if no one else.

Thank you, Jo Lena Johnson!

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Captivating, Authentic, and Vulnerable

"Broken Conditions" delivers relatable experiences with elements of therapeutic healing. A short, but sweet narrative.

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Truly heart spoken and heart felt WOW!!!. Experiencing those things from some one else's point of view that up close and personal is like watching a dream play out in real time.The narration adds a mood and atmosphere to the story like no other...

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There’s a little of me in this book

Jo Lena’s accounts of her life are brave and honest. I saw some parts of myself and my friends in the book. She talked a lot about herself...but it is an autobiography after all. And I think she’s attempting to give her mistakes and negative experiences context.

What I liked most is the honesty. So many of us mess up, move too quickly, try to save people who don’t want to be saved, or fall knowingly and foolishly in love with the wrong people and 1) never admit it and 2) never forgive ourselves because we never admit it.

It’s a good listen and pathway for me to think of areas in my life that need improving once I tackle what causes the dis-ease/broken condition.