Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The Sweet Potato Queens' 1st Big-Ass Novel by Jill Conner Browne with Karin Gillespie~★★

Author: Jill Conner Browne with Karin Gillespie
Title: The Sweet Potato Queens' 1st Big-Ass Novel: Stuff We Didn't Do, But Could Have, And May Yet
Release Date: January 2, 2007
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: Southern Fiction

Book Jacket: "In Jackson, Mississippi, Mary Bennett, Patsy, Gerald, and Jill are high school classmates whose daily routine is paced like a shuffle through the local red dirt-until the arrival of a redhead newcomer banishes monotony forever. With her luxurious mane and voluptuous figure, Tammy Myers aspires to join the silver-spooners, who make things happen in their lives. When Jill convinces Tammy and the others that money might buy a certain kind of good time and that true friendship has no price tag, the 'Sweet Potato Queens' are born. 'If it ain't fun, we ain't doin' it,' runs their official club motto, and the Queens are true to their word.
Together the Queens laugh out loud as they step down the long-and not altogether pretty-road toward making their very own queen dust, the sparkle that comes from livin' and lovin' their own lives. The Sweet Potato Queens' First Big-Ass Novel: Stuff We Didn't Actually Do, but Could Have, and May Yet reveals that the journey isn't always easy, but in the company of the Queens, you can sparkle, too."

Taryn's Review: I'd heard about Jill Conner Browne's series for sometime and made a mental note to pick up one of her books at the library during my next trip. After the reading the novel, I'm not sure I picked up the best representation of the series because this book was not all that engaging. The book jacket suggested the book was about Tammy, when in fact it mostly is about Jill, followed by Mary Bennett and Tammy, Gerald, and then poor Patsy. Patsy's character was so left out of the writing that I'm not really sure why she was even included in the book.

The book was a quick read for me. It was entertaining enough yet while reading it I felt like the book was missing something; some sort of magic that would propel it to a greater level. The book opened with the idea that some baby girls are sprinkled with Queen dust, but sadly, the book wasn't. I was especially disappointed in the book because I love Southern fiction, but the book didn't live up to the standards of other great books that have been written before and after it. This might be a suitable book to pick up if you wanted something to entertain yourself in a rather bland situation, but for pleasure reading, I'd find something more fun.

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