Wednesday, February 23, 2011

#BookReview: The Accidental Diva - Tia Williams

Beauty editor Billie Burke has a great career and great friends.  She's not done as well in the romance department.  Raised by two free spirits, Billie raised herself to be the exact opposite of them.  Instead of pursuing boys as a teen, she pursued straight As.  It wasn't until she went to college that she found kindred spirits in Vida and Renee.

With a thriving career in publishing, Renee is happy complaining about her man Moses, or "go down Moses" as she calls him when he's not around.  A transplant from the island, Vida has recreated herself as a sought after DJ with a wanna be rapper for a boyfriend.  While her friends enjoy their relationships, Billie is left with work, work and more work.  A chance meeting with spoken word artist Jay Lane changes that.  Jay introduces the good girl from suburbia to a side of New York she's never seen.

Growing up in the projects with junkie parents, Jay raised himself from the age of 13.  He created his own family with Tammy, the crack whore who saved him after a bullet left him wounded.  Now he's found a way to turn his life's tragedies into stories that people are willing to pay to hear.  He's never met a girl like Billie before and he's not sure how long he'll be able to hold on to her once she learns everything in his background.

What did you like about this book?
It was the typical boy meets girl story.  There really are no surprises here.

What didn't you like about this book?
::::Climbing on my soap box:::: So when I mentioned I was reading this on Twitter, people started tweeting me that it was their favorite book and that they'd read it multiple times.  Okay, you liked it, fine.  I was okay with the book up until I realized that Billie was about to give up a career changing chance to move to London for a man she met 30 days prior.  Now the whole time I was listening to the story, I thought they had been together for months, but later found that it was just 30 days.  If she had been with this man for a year, or six months even, I MIGHT have been like, well yeah, okay, think about it.  But 30 days?  You're about to make a life decision based on some dude you've known for 30 days? Girl bye!

What could the author do to improve this book?
You already read my rant so... Oh wait, I thought of something else.  I totally cannot figure out why the author or publisher chose the title The Accidental Diva.  There was nothing divaish about the character.  She didn't stumble into divadom so using accidental is misleading.

Listening time: 7 hours, 50 minutes
Published: April 2004

Theme: Love Drug by Raheem DeVaughn

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