Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Book Review: A Belle In Brooklyn

Being that today is Valentine's Day, I thought that today will be an excellent day to review the following book:


TITLE: A Belle in Brooklyn
AUTHOR: Demetria L. Lucas
DATE FINISHED: October 2011
Should I BORROW or BUY: Buy 

As the go-to girl for relationship and dating advice, this real life Carrie Bradshaw and editor at Essence magazine shares the what-to-dos and what-not-to-dos for fabulous single living.  With an award-winning popular blog and an Essence magazine platform, Demetria Lucas has become a relationship guru to millions of young women with plenty of simple, direct advice. According to Lucas, most women are too focused (and stressed) on the difficulties of meeting Mr. Right to enjoy the experience.  A Belle in Brooklyn celebrates the joys of singlehood, encourages personal development, and offers tools to help women increase their odds of finding a suitable mate when they are ready for one. With advice garnered from personal revelations, expert interviews with other relationship and dating gurus, and hundreds of interviews with her Male MindSquad—a committee of thirty men from varying backgrounds who answers the tough questions about sex, dating, and relationships—Lucas helps women enjoy the single life…with or without the perfect guy.  (from Goodreads)
First, why did I spend $26.00 on this book????? C’mon Books-a-Million!!  You have to do something about that price (but maybe not, I still bought the book).  It is times like this that I miss Borders (and my 40% discount).  I would have gotten it from the library, but it was not there yet so I felt I had no other choice but to purchase the book.  However if I was thinking rational, I would have realized that I could have got it online for cheaper.  Do not know what I was thinking that day! SMH....

Anyways... A Belle in Brooklyn is...

NOT a self help book or a dating guide, but more of a book about her (dating) life and the lessons she got from the experiences.  In my opinion, the dating "advice" did not come until page 216.

I know she probably hates being compared to Carrie Bradshaw (a fictional character) but she could definitely be a younger, hipper (and black) one.  I am loving her!  She lived her twenties the way I wished I could have lived mine.  She is basically living the life I wish I had the courage to pursue.  

I loved reading about her relationships and adventures in dating.  They seem realistic and funny, but I felt that she could have prevented a lot of the situations she got herself in if she was not so....naive. However if could just be age (the lack of -- we all have done some crazy things in our early twenties!).  I felt if she had a little more street sense, she probably would have saw signs early on when it came to the "football player boyfriend" and the "potential date rape friend".  Some of my favorite stories/tales from the book were about her older man, the guy in Paris and her lost love.

If you a country gal who dream or dreams of being a city gal partying the night away while during the day writing to your heart's content. THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU!
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