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Publisher's Summary

Venus Johnston has a great job and a long-term, live-in boyfriend who happens to be a drop-dead gorgeous doctor. She also has a weekly beauty-parlor date to keep her long, nappy hair slick and straight. But the tedious hours and harsh chemicals in the salon have long grated on Venus. One frustrating day, she trades in the long hair for a dramatically short, natural cut and sends her commitment-balking boyfriend packing. It's a bold declaration of independence and one that has effects she never could have imagined. Reactions from friends and coworkers range from concern to contempt to outright condemnation. When her ex starts dating a voluptuous, long-haired beauty, Venus is forced to question what she really wants out of life. With wit, resilience, and determination, Venus finally learns what true happiness is, on her own terms.
©2000 Michael Herr (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Thomas offers painful but amusing insights into the politics of beauty, black culture, and male-female relationships; her first novel places her in a league with Terry MacMillan and Bebe Moore Campbell." ( Booklist)
"Empowering....Thomas refuses to let her characters slide into stereotype, and she keeps the pace fast and funny." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Great

This was a good read because even though I listened, the narrator did such a good job that I feel like I read it word for word. Anyway, I really enjoyed the storyline and the characters. I also enjoyed the life lesson. Sometimes when u snooze, u loose. Keep up the good work

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I really enjoyed this story and the performance.

this story made me look at women and even clarified for me (a woman) just how much pressure and the sometimes source of it we are often under. thank you!

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Lover it

I am glad I listened. The book was soo much better than the movie. Thanks

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Great listen!

This narrator is awesome! With the different voices and the singing, it just allows you to place yourself in the scene. You can visualize each character and even feel their emotions. Wonderful job by Lisa Reneé Pitts!

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Read before you watch the movie

I heard the movie was coming out so I wanted to read the book first. Very glad I did. The book was much better that the movie.

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Glad I read the book

Saw the short film on this book via NETFLIX and wish I’d read the book prior. The book was so much better as I feel the movie didn’t reflect the characters correctly. Great read for sure and I loved the message behind it. Wish the ending was different but it all worked out for everyone.

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Excellent read.

a must read. relatable context. self love is so important. we all have struggles with acceptance.

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Better than the movie!

Listening to this book ws amazing! Definitely better than the movie on netflix, they definitely missed several crucial moments in Venus' character development. Can't wait to read the next book in the series!

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LOVED IT ALL

I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this book, it’s reading made me feel like I was there and personally knew the characters. ❤️❤️❤️

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Great listen

Good writing and narration. Story line was interesting. Not the ending I was hoping for, but still good.