That Girl – By Leslie DJ – Book Tour
Stacey Melendez doesn’t believe in marriage. It’s 2008 and she’s perfectly content being a single 28-year-old Latina living in Manhattan with her best friend and roommate Lin. She doesn’t mind dating handsome unreliable men. But when Lin suddenly announces she’s getting married Stacey is forced to reevaluate her love life and living situation. Stacey must learn to live on her own and find love within herself in order for anyone else to love her in return.
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Leslie DJ is a Dominican-American writer and radio personality who resides in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City. She is the writer and founder of SinisterGirlz.com, an online publication that features written and audio music-related content. She hosts Sinister Girlz Live on WBMB Baruch College Radio 94.3 FM New York on Fridays at 4pm EST. In 2005 she was awarded the Dymphna Leonard Award for Fiction for her short story, “The Summer of Lost Innocence,” from her alma mater, Marymount Manhattan College. She graduated with a BA in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Playwriting and received her MFA in Creative Writing with a concentration in Fiction from The New School of General Studies.
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I used to never read novellas, I’m not sure there was any one reason why I didn’t, I just kind of avoided them. I’m so glad I’ve been giving them a chance lately, they’ve been fun and this one may be my favorite one to date!
Stacey is a great, identifiable character. She’s in her late twenties trying to make it in New York. Things aren’t going so great, her job sucks, she’s single and her best friend just got engaged. She’s dealing with all the typical things many women her age encounter, but she’s doing it with humor. This book was so funny! Her and her girlfriends would be a blast to hang out with, and the way she handles her meddling mother made me simultaneously groan and giggle. Her luck with dating and men is horrible, then she meets Jeff, a successful and attractive man that’s interested in her to boot. As Stacey gears up for Lin’s wedding, she must evaluate her own love life and decide what her future holds.
This was smart, funny and engaging and I was totally connected to Stacey. Being a novella, I finished within a couple of hours which is fun! I liked that it was set in 2008, there were some funny references to things like My Space. The ending wasn’t predictable which I always appreciate and I’m hoping that Leslie DJ will continue on with Stacey’s story?!
Overall rating: 4/5
Thanks to the author and Hello Chick Lit for my review copy.
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