A few weeks ago when the sun was still blazing and Summer was hand delivering 90 degree weather at 9 a.m. before breakfast, I was hiding away in my sweltering room getting lost in one of my absolute favorite books read this year. And I know, for the most part I talk product, hair & such on the blog…yet there is always something magical that happens after reading a book that’s ‘unputdownable‘ and compels you to abort all errands previously scheduled for the weekend and boast to all your friends that they MUST read this amazing book!
This happens to me less often than I’d like, but when it does I’m beyond thrilled! Ernessa T. Carter’s 32 Candles is simply candy for your literary brain & any fly femme who’s ever sported a vivacious fro or who’s gotten lost in the captivating world of smart & humorously addicting chic lit will love 32 Candles.
I need you to understand something…once you start, you will not be able to stop reading, and this is by far my favorite guarantee to offer all my friends who’ve I’ve recommended to read… and after regretfully turning the last page they’d also agree.
Carter’s captivating debut follows Davie Jones, an African American girl growing up in the 1980s in the small town of Glass, Mississippi. Scorned by her mother and classmates, Davie eventually stops speaking and takes refuge in the movies of Molly Ringwald, which promise happy endings for even the most downtrodden social outcast. Davie finds her dream guy in hunky James Farrell, a high-school football star who moves to Glass with his wealthy family. But her dreams are dashed when she incurs the ire of James’ cruel sister, Veronica, after Veronica catches her father visiting Davie’s promiscuous mother. Veronica then plays a mean prank that sends Davie running away from Glass for good, all the way to Los Angeles. There she finds her voice, both literally and figuratively, earning a living as a lounge singer. Davie is content with her life until James crashes back into it, causing demons from her past to bubble to the surface. With all the charm of a clever romantic comedy and peopled by appealing, memorable characters, Carter’s first novel is a winner on all fronts.
While we’re no longer in the throws of ‘Summer Reading,’ this book makes for an equally fun accompaniment to those colder evenings snuggled up on the sofa & nothing to watch on the tube, and to prove it I’ll be giving away 1 copy of 32 Candles to a lucky reader. *Giveaway starts today and ends Tuesday at 9pm. To enter either leave a comment below, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with subject heading “32 Candles“ telling me your favorite book read this year, OR tweet this post to @Chai_Tee. Winner will be drawn at random and notified by e-mail on Wednesday.