Sunday, July 11, 2010

BOOK REVIEW: Uptown by Virginia DeBerry & Donna Grant

Title: Uptown
Author: Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant
How I learned about this book? Blogger “Notorious Spinks”
How long did it take to read it? 1 month
Was it a hard read? Not at all.

I will like to send a big thank you to "Notorious Spinks" for sending me the book, THANKS!!!!

Uptown is a book written by Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant. It is a story between two cousins who after growing up more like sister and brother, let one (terrible) night ruin their relationship and have a lasting affect on their lives. It is set in New York City so there are many location references that I am not aware of but was written in a way that made it very easy for me to create my own imagery. Apart of an affluent family, another tragedy hits them years later causing the two cousins to face each other.

Now to what I think of the book!!


Truthfully the book started off very hard to follow and I skipped some paragraphs. It took a couple of chapters for me to get a flow. I was afraid I was not going to be able to get into the book. BOY WAS I WRONG!!

Dwight- Didn’t like him, but in some ways I felt sorry for him. He had many issues that I felt he was not equipped to deal with and the way he chose to deal with them…hilarious! However, I was not aware that he is a character that has been in their other books. I am interested in going back to read these books so that I can get a bigger picture of exactly who Dwight might actually be.

Lastly, I didn’t like how Alicia was just popped up and instantly they became great friends again. I was always thinking that she was out for something. I am glad she wasn’t….maybe that’s just me putting my own views on people into the book.


First, I could not tell that there were two authors. The book flowed really well.

I liked the courtship between two of the characters. It did not seem force and I never once thought that he was coming from an area other then sincerity. Most important, it did not feel “fake” or “fairytale” like.

It did not end as predictable as I thought it would. This was good. However, I do think that it left room for a sequel….hmmm…..LOL!

Now lets get to Avery…. Avery Avery Avery….. I am so her. LOL! In all her complexity, she was my favorite character.

Ways I felt I related to Avery:

Page 116: Avery had lived in countries where people thought nothing of serving sautéed puppy or routinely slaughtered baby daughters because they were not sons. In those places, she had expected to feel alien, cautious about what she said and to whom. But this is home, where the heart is, but here she felt more adrift than grounded. Like she didn’t belong. Here? Where the good Dr. and Mrs. Braithwaite were no more. Where everybody knew her. Where nobody did. This was the strangest place of all.

Page 224: I’m a stranger in my own hometown-in my own home…

Those two passages touched me because I am currently going through something similar (however, that will be something I address on my other blog). I like the way she stop pushing people away and just started to live in the moment and live life again or for the first time even.


Hands down….King Dixon!!!

The WTF moment on page 106 is the best. It is on the ugly list in a “good” way! LOL!

Would I buy it? Sure. It was a great summer read!!
Is it library worthy? Most definitely.

This was an excellent way to start my summer reading and has really gave me a feeling of why I love reading and getting caught up in a book. I really have to start back reading more fiction or at least mixing it up. Reading strictly nonfiction/history/self-help books were really putting me in a funk.

*Since this book was gifted to me, I am going to pass it forward. I think that my sis would love this book!!!

1 comment:

Notorious Spinks said...

I'm so happy you liked it. The author do write without you knowing that it's actually two of them.

My favorite character was Dwight. LOL! He was definitely my boy. Him just wanted he daddy to love him (in my baby goo goo voice). LOL!

Thanks for paying it forward. We need good literature circulating.