01/10/2013

Book Review: It Ain't Easy Being Jazzy By Quanie Miller

Blurb: Jazzy secretly wants to get back together with her ex boyfriend, Curtis, so when he calls and reveals that he’s got something important to tell her, she’s got no idea that he’s about to propose—to her first cousin and bitter rival, Mercedes.

The annual family dinner is coming up, and fearing that she will spend the evening seething while Mercedes flaunts her four carat engagement ring in her face, Jazzy asks Reggie, an Adonis she met at the mall, to accompany her. As fate would have it, not only did Reggie and Mercedes used to date; that backstabbing,leopard print wearing cow is still carrying a torch for him! Revenge. It’s never been so sweet.

But falling for Reggie? Holy crap! That wasn’t part of the plan! She’s got enough on her plate as it is with a mother who spies on the neighbors and a sister and best friend with man problems that could land them on Jerry Springer. So when Curtis comes sniffing around again—this time, with an accusation that sends her blood pressure shooting through the roof— the one good nerve that Jazzy’s got left has just about run its course.

With such a memorable and hilarious debut, Quanie Miller has established herself as Queen of HoodChick-lit.

Jasmine T. Peacock a.k.a YouTube Woman (famously known in San Jose for Dutty Wining in public) might not have the perfect life given that she's recently been dumped onto the dating market, but with family and friends/frenemies/neighbors of unforgettable (euphemism for wacko) characters her life is always a fun rollercoaster ride bordering on more highs than lows. Until her ex makes an unexpected proposal to her rival-since-birth cousin,Mercedes. She's coerced by her Grandma Dottie to play safe and be bridesmaid if she doesn't want to be written out of her will. But she meets Reggie, ex of Mercedes, and her plan to show Curtis she's moved on and no longer the girl who refused to consign for him on a car is spearheaded right into Mercedes' non-graces.

In her professional life, she's got her boss Lynette to deal with and her incessantly, annoying demands. Being just a common secretary, she's kept out of important company decisions and even the company's main agenda. She's not worth telling than the yellow notepads all the executives carry around, jotting down important stuff from their "conferences". Highly curious, Jasmine is determined to find out what might be the end of IBG Solutions.

Meanwhile, her personal life is tearing apart with her mother deciding on going into P.I offering services for free, her sister, Annie, facing the wrath of her boyfriend's mentally sick baby-mama, her friend, Serai, being auctioned out for suitors by her family, and worse, she's falling for Reggie, when she's sure she's done with men.

Will Jasmine be able to keep her wacky friends, family and professional life all under control, or would she cave under and end up a hood rat?

This book cracked me up, like really, really cracked me up. College is growing ever-hectic but every time I picked Quanie Miller I laughed and laughed and laughed. I love comedy-forward authors;authors who would go lengths to make their readers laugh even if it means putting their characters into incredulously humorous situations.

My second star would go to the characters in this book. There's none that falls short of being humorous. Each and everyone of them made me crack up. From our lead's mother indulging in more than a little sex with handymen and spending too much time with foreplay (sending the house into a blackout and lighting candles for dates) for a woman her age, to Aunt Cleotha, Serai's aunt who has the tendency of clutching her pearls and logging into her online dating profile just to see a smiley face, to J.Nubbs the psycho baby-mama on Annie's petite tail. And so much more. Every character delivered. And I just had too much of a blast.

Third star would go to the uniqueness of Quanie's writing. Quanie is true to her voice and identity and language. By her third book, I see Quanie establishing herself as the queen of HoodChick-lit in this market vacant with literature of chicks of color and attitude.

Fourth star should be awarded to the plot of this novel. So many twists and turns that you can hardly keep in touch with your pillow. I had to force myself to bed in order to wake up for lectures scheduled for early hours.

I love, loved this book. But... judging on the whole package, I find its blurb very light. The story portrays more than given out in the blurb, especially Jazzy's little espionage in her professional life which held majority of my interest.

So overall, I give this book 4.5 stars.

It Ain't Easy Being Jazzy is available on Amazon on the fifteenth of October.

I recommend this book for anyone who wants something or a lead that goes against normal chick-lit etiquette.Anyone looking for a lead with attitude, born and raised from the Hood who isn't afraid to 'open up a can of whup ass' (but can't because her fat behind is worse than her bite). If you just looking for a humorous read, pick this up too.

All hail Queen of HoodChick-lit, Quanie Miller. Fantastic debut, expecting more from you soon.

My work not done here. Off to post my review on Goodreads as well as Amazon.

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