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Single Black Female

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Single Black Female follows a group of black women living in New York City.  This book does not shy away from heavy topics!  In addition to relationships and parenting, it discusses racism, drug culture, prison life, and police brutality, and it does so in an easily accessible way.  Even if you can't relate to the lifestyle choices of the characters, I believe you will gain greater understanding and empathy from reading this book.  I challenge you to step outside your comfort zone if this isn't a book you would typically gravitate towards.  It is worth the read and is a great path to bigger conversations.  I think this would be a great selection for a book group and the dialogue it would inspire.
4.5 Stars
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3.75 really interesting book about 4 female friends, with all but Nikki seeming like they could be real people. Who knows, she may be too. At times funny, other sad, a good quick read.
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Thanks #netgallery for this book in exchange for an honest review. Enjoyed the friendships and complexity of the relationships in this book. My only complaint is this is definitely the life of privileged women. No worries about money for sure.
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The four in/dependent accomplished women protagonists have messy lives and messier men. I didn't love the omniscient style at first, where we're inside everyone's head at once, but I pushed past that irritation, and really appreciate each character's struggle and how they support one another.. 

content warning: unprovoked, racist violence against Black teens
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I received an advanced reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review 

I loved this one. Very fast paced, had me turning pages as I tore through it – I had to see how it would end.  The characters were well rounded and the narrative felt believable. Gave me chills. Solid five
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A very powerful book about four women with vet different lifestyles.  This book addressed racism. single motherhood, relationships, interracial couples, and the effects of black men in the prison system.   This book had me cheering for these four strong women, and sometimes sad about the situations that they faced.  The author did  a very good job weaving this into a realistic book for today’s society.
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I loved this book! Four Black female friends in varying degrees of life and success. They rely on eachother through it all. New York City, Brooklyn, Staten Island. Two fathers in prison and two mother's do what they need to do for their children and finally for themselves.  
Intense, and emotional and very, very real. A relatable read that will stay with you.
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I thoroughly enjoyed "Single Black Female." 'The issues these characters faced seemed realistic. . The past has a way of catching up and not wanting to let go. . The relationship drama was a bit much, but dating is no easy feat with or without kids. I hope this gets a sequel. I would love to see what the future holds for these women.
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I picked this novel up and read it in two sittings. Well developed characters throughout (both the primary and supporting cast). Well paced plot.
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I was expecting a mash-up of Sex and the City meets The Hate U Give. I liked the four distinct women, each successful in their own way, and enjoyed the story through multiple perspectives. However, I prefer each character to have their own chapter or scene. When the story jumps around so frequently, it's confusing and takes a second to figure out who is thinking and feeling what. My favorite characters were not the main characters, but Kingston, Bree, Coco, and Ziggy. I loved the development of their relationships more than the friendship between the four women. Despite a slow start, the story was a page-turner near the end.
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The story of four successful black females and the frustrations they have to deal with from society and especially from the men in their lives. The female characters were wonderful, I was frustrated by the male attitudes and the manipulations they forced on these women.  It was gritty and sometimes a tough read.  
The ending was intense, wish this happy outcome was more frequent in our world.
I received a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions in this review are my own. Thank you Negalley and St Martin's Griffin.
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This isn’t my usual type of novel, and I’m certainly not the target audience, however, despite all that this was an enjoyable read. There were certain plot points that seemed added simply for shock value, but the fact that it all worked out in the end and made sense at the end made them worth it.  There were several inconsistencies and moments of fatphobia that did initially put me off, but the overall story was quite good.
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Where do I even begin? One book has ever made me cry, and this is the second. This book started off as four friends who were finding love or finding love within themselves again. Just everyday black women going about living as black women. What I didn’t expect was the turn it took. That caught me off guard. I went from being chil and relaxed to just being so angry. As a black woman with a black son (he’s 3), I often have this fear that something like what happened to Kingston may happen to him. This is a reality for us. Yeah, I know this book is fiction, but it can also be classified as nonfiction because the issues portrayed in this book are very real. 
Not only that, but Ivy and Deja, how their men went to prison and were friends, but how their stories turned out so different. I say all that to say that I really loved this book. It took me through a range of emotions, but this narrative needs to stay in rotation. It needs to keep being told.
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A better life is what Ivy Donovan wants for her sons.  A chance at a better future than their incarcerated father.  Ivy moves her sons from the hood to the suburbs. Ivy spends a lot of time working with her salon, traveling to her celebrity clients and raising her sons.  A loyalty to their father Michael who has been given a long prison sentence starts to fade with the loneliness that was taken over her existence.  Coco, Ivy's friend and Michael's sister, is successful in her career and understands and supports Ivy's need to be free of her former lifestyle.  Although Coco does well with her career, she's a hopeless romantic who continues to pick the wrong guy.  Deja has the perfect life with her husband and daughter who is Rashid, her lover she left when he was sentenced and never looked back until Rashid is released.

Each woman attempts to navigate through motherhood, careers, relationships and drama-free lives.  An incident with Ivy's son and Deja's daughter that is reminiscent of real life encounters with young black males and law enforcement causes each of them to examine whether they are truly safe while being black in America. Deja's husband's handling of the situation has her questioning his dedication to her or his brothers in blue.  

I've always enjoyed Tracy Brown and was excited to read SINGLE, BLACK FEMALE.  She delivered romance, conflict and drama.  This is a very thought provoking book in these times, which ask the question: who truly has your back.
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Single Black Female follows the lives of Ivy, Coco, Deja, and Nikki as they navigate through the ups and downs of life as they play the cards they were dealt. While they all had their own stuff going on, they made sure to be by each other's side as their past become somewhat of their future. At first, it was hard for me to keep up with the characters, but it flowed a lot better once I got to know them. 

This was a fast-paced read with real-life issues that we all face every day. Each character was layered well, which added depth to the story. Tracy Brown came with it, and I'm looking forward to reading more. I would have loved to read more about the blossoming relationships between Coco and her love interest and Ivy and her newfound freedom, plus Deja and her old flame. All in all, this was a great read, and I can't wait to see what's next for this Author.
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I was a little nervous at first when I opened this book.up.and the first chapter started off a little slow! 
After making it through that this book seriously didn't let go! 
I absolutely loved how Brown touched some serious issue topics in her novel! 
With out giving too much up I'm going to say..... This book was lit. And I enjoyed it the heck outta it! 
What I loved most was the kid who gets caught up with the police......
+++"Kingston son to Ivy is caught up in a polarizing encounter with the NYPD. Everyone is forced to figure out where they stand, including the police sergeant who suddenly has to decide if his "blue life" matters more to him than his black life and the black lives of those he loves."

This book is compelling, wonderful, thought provoking, simply amazing! 

Thanks NetGalley, St. Martin's Press & Author for this awesome ebook copy! 
Very much appreciated!
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An interesting read about four Black women who are succeeding in life in very different ways. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and their lives and thoughts. It's a fun read in some ways because it has some glamorous aspects that will appeal to readers who have chick lit expectations. Although the book deals with some very heavy issues, it doesn't feel as if it is as deep as it could be, but it is a good introduction to Black life and the issues single Black females deal with. There are also teen issues and prison issues in this book. It is very readable and should attract a wide readership.

The ending was the kind of just outcome that should always exist, but it left me wondering how many times we really get a so-called "happy" ending in these cases.
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