Friday, February 12, 2010

#BookReview: Big Girls Do Cry - Carl Weber

The ladies of the BGBC, that's the Big Girls Book Club, are back for another round of adventures. The only requirements for membership are a love of reading and being a size 14 or more. The sequel to Something On the Side, Big Girls Do Cry picks up with the story of Isis and her crazy (and I don't mean that in a good way) sister, Egypt.

Newly relocated to Virginia with her husband Rashid...the same Rashid that her older sister Egypt dated for over 10 years, Isis fears that her marriage could be coming to an end if she's not able to have children. Though adoption could be the answer to their problems, Isis' husband would prefer to have a child of his own.

Egypt has lived with Rashid and Isis since her last suicide attempt. She's over Rashid, the man that she dated for years until married playboy Tony came along. Tony's wife won the last battle, but Egypt is determined to win the war. She might need to get a job and move out of her sister's house first, but for now, she plans to stick around and lure Rashid back into her bed.

Ok, time out! I just need to do a reality check here. So sister #2 (Isis) married sister #1's (Egypt) leftovers (Rashid). Then when sister #1 couldn't trap the married man she dated and tried to kill herself, sister #2 let sister #1 move in with her and the leftovers (Rashid)? Couldn't and wouldn't be me, but to each her own, right?

New club member Loraine has everything going for her as the president of her own public relations firm. The office of national president of her sorority is just within her grasp, but only if she can keep her sorors from finding out about her cheating husband.

The only male member of the club, Jerome, is Loraine's best friend. A living-out-loud gay man, he's proud of the way he loves them and leaves them, until the day he leaves the wrong one and all hell breaks loose.

What did you like about this book?
Much like early Eric Jerome Dickey and Van Whitfield, Carl Weber writes well from the female perspective.

What did you dislike about this book?
The storylines bordered on ridiculous at times, but it is fiction so I guess I can't complain too much.

What could the author do differently?
I would have liked more male voices in the story. Isis and Loraine both have problems with their husbands, but the story is only told from their side so as the reader, you're left feeling like the husbands are unconcerned with their marital problems.

Look for the sequel, Torn Between Two Lovers, in September 2010.

319 pp
Published February 2010

I received a free copy of this book from Kensington Publishing. In no way did receipt of this book affect my review.

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