I thoroughly enjoyed this luminous, magical book! It is a fantastic read. You will love the heroine Davidia Jones, aka Davie. From her roots as an unloved dark skinned child living with her promiscuous mother in Mississippi to her sultry nights as a lounge singer in Los Angeles, the story of Davie's coming of age will make you cry and laugh out loud. Davie's enduring love for gorgeous rich boy James Farrell will bring to mind the teen love stories of the 80s, such as Pretty in Pink and Sixteen Candles, two movies that the heroine is obsessed with in this book. This is a story about the resilience of the spirit, first love and atonement. You will root for Davie as you've rooted for no other romantic heroine. My one negative would be the length. I think the editors could have cut 50 pages from the book.
An INTRIGUING storyline with quite a few UNEXPECTED plot twists...ROMANCE...REVENGE...REDEMPTION...and a very COLORFUL and quirky cast of characters...despite a few slow patches...it's still an ENGAGING read...KUDOS to Ernessa T. Carter for crafting such a TOUCHING, cute and at times LOL funny debut...I'm looking forward to reading more from this author!