06 6 / 2012

32 Candles by Ernessa T. Carter

Ernessa T. Carter brings us the story of small town Mississippi native, Davie Jones, the oft overlooked ugly duckling with a mean mama, an infatuation with the cutest guy in high school, and classmates who insist on calling her Monkey Night. She finds solace in the movie 16 Candles, and goes by the mantra, “What would Molly Ringwald do?” After an embarrassingly horrendous incident, Davie escapes to Los Angeles, and reinvents herself into a sought after singer in a well known night club. Everything is fine until the cutest guy from high school shows up a decade later and turns her world upside down.

As I’ve stated a gazillion times, I love romantic comedies and chick lit, so this story was right up my alley. Davie’s antics had me yelling at the pages, threatening to throw the book out of my window, and smiling really hard at the cheesy stuff. What can I say? I’m a romantic who always wants a happy ending.

There were a few parts that I can say kind of rubbed me the wrong way, but I can’t delve into specifics without spoiling the story. I’ll just say that I would have preferred that the author had explained events as they were happening, instead of all of a sudden clumping a million things into a particular section.

Other than that, the book was enjoyable and a perfect read for our BookTini’s Chick Lit month selection in May.

Grade: B

11 5 / 2012

May Book Club Selection: BookTini’s theme for May is Chick Lit, so the club voted to select is Ernessa T. Carter’s 32 Candles as our Literary Selection of the month.

Davie—an ugly duckling growing up in small-town Mississippi—is positive her life couldn’t be any worse. She has the meanest mother in the South, possibly the world, and on top of that, she’s pretty sure she’s ugly. Just when she’s resigned herself to her fate, she sees a movie that will change her life—Sixteen Candles. But in her case, life doesn’t imitate art. Tormented endlessly in school with the nickname “Monkey Night,” and hopelessly in unrequited love with a handsome football player, James Farrell, Davie finds that it is bittersweet to dream of Molly Ringwald endings. When a cruel school prank goes too far, Davie leaves the life she knows and reinvents herself in the glittery world of Hollywood—as a beautiful and successful lounge singer in a swanky nightclub.
Davie is finally a million miles from where she started—until she bumps into her former obsession, James Farrell. To Davie’s astonishment, James doesn’t recognize her, and she can’t bring herself to end the fantasy. She lets him fall as deeply in love with her as she once was with him. But is life ever that simple? Just as they’re about to ride off into the sunset, the past comes back with a vengeance, threatening to crush Davie’s dreams—and break her heart again.

This month, our Oakland-East Bay chapter agreed to support a local book store by purchasing our Literary Selection from Marcus Book Store, the oldest Black owned and operated book store in the nation, with locations in Oakland & San Francisco.
I gave the copies out to our members at our April 15th meeting and within a week, people had finished it and were exclaiming how much they loved it. Many said it was similar to reading a rom-com, which I’m happy to hear since I’m a romantic at heart and love reading about love! 
I’ve been trying to wait to read it just so I’ll be able to retain the info for our May 20th discussion, so I’ll be cracking it open today.

May Book Club Selection: BookTini’s theme for May is Chick Lit, so the club voted to select is Ernessa T. Carter’s 32 Candles as our Literary Selection of the month.

Davie—an ugly duckling growing up in small-town Mississippi—is positive her life couldn’t be any worse. She has the meanest mother in the South, possibly the world, and on top of that, she’s pretty sure she’s ugly. Just when she’s resigned herself to her fate, she sees a movie that will change her life—Sixteen Candles. But in her case, life doesn’t imitate art. Tormented endlessly in school with the nickname “Monkey Night,” and hopelessly in unrequited love with a handsome football player, James Farrell, Davie finds that it is bittersweet to dream of Molly Ringwald endings. When a cruel school prank goes too far, Davie leaves the life she knows and reinvents herself in the glittery world of Hollywood—as a beautiful and successful lounge singer in a swanky nightclub.

Davie is finally a million miles from where she started—until she bumps into her former obsession, James Farrell. To Davie’s astonishment, James doesn’t recognize her, and she can’t bring herself to end the fantasy. She lets him fall as deeply in love with her as she once was with him. But is life ever that simple? Just as they’re about to ride off into the sunset, the past comes back with a vengeance, threatening to crush Davie’s dreams—and break her heart again.

This month, our Oakland-East Bay chapter agreed to support a local book store by purchasing our Literary Selection from Marcus Book Store, the oldest Black owned and operated book store in the nation, with locations in Oakland & San Francisco.

I gave the copies out to our members at our April 15th meeting and within a week, people had finished it and were exclaiming how much they loved it. Many said it was similar to reading a rom-com, which I’m happy to hear since I’m a romantic at heart and love reading about love! 

I’ve been trying to wait to read it just so I’ll be able to retain the info for our May 20th discussion, so I’ll be cracking it open today.