I actually liked it. And this from a chick who despises relationship books. Even though the title, A Belle in Brooklyn: The Go To Girl For Living Your Best Single Life, may have you thinking you’ll walk away with a wealth of knowledge on how to live it up as a single lady, it’s more memoir than guide book. You’ll be inundated with Lucas’ dating life as a twenty something in New York. And DC. And Atlanta…and LA..and Paris. And you will be entertained.
She’s no Carrie Bradshaw, but she has lived an interesting life with a few hilarious dating mishaps and adventures that most sociable Black women may be able to identify with. I commend her for the misleading title. Young women are yearning for guidance in the dating world, so I’m sure they’re snatching this book up in droves, only to see that the most you will really learn is to HAVE FUN, throw caution to the wind, and don’t limit yourself when it comes dating.
After reading this book, I felt like Lucas succeeded where Helena Andrews may have not have hit the ball out of the park with her memoir, Bitch is the New Black. Both books provided two different subject matters (Andrews’ memoir was more about lifestyle and career), but Lucas kept me entertained and turning the page, whereas Andrew’s consistently grabbed my attention but lost it multiple times when sharing stories that were just plain boring (I still enjoyed it overall because of her fresh perspective).
My book club had a loooong, raucous discussion about the book (I had six pages full of discussion questions, and no we did not get to all of them) and in the end, they all agreed that they would read a sequel.
I’d recommend this book for women under 35 (older women may be too far removed and find it juvenile), anyone looking for chick lit, and especially for young women headed to college (I sure wish someone had told me "No letters, no numbers" before I stepped foot on anyone’s campus!)