Unlike his previous book (Flyy Girl, LJ 9/15/96), which was basically a YA novel, this is for adults and, ironically, less vulgar. Narrator Bobby Dallas begins the story as he is graduating from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and seeking a career in radio. Like Flyy Girl, this book has its problems, starting with the repetitious plot line: Bobby meets girl. Bobby gets job. Bobby loses girl. Bobby loses job. Bobby is confused. By midbook, the emotional chaos of the main character becomes annoying. The author has done an impressive amount of research into the world of radio and gives an honest if tiring interpretation of a black man struggling to do right, while getting it all wrong. By the penultimate chapter, it appears that Bobby Dallas, now successful in radio at the age of 31, will never find a woman who loves him. But then Faye Butler, the love of his life who started out with him at Howard in the first chapter, returns to him in a happily-ever-after sort of ending. Fans of Terry McMillan or E. Lynn Harris may enjoy this. Because the author shows promise and offers a rare view of the true-to-life emotions of black males, this is recommended for larger public library collections.?Shirley Gibson Coleman, Ann Arbor Dist. Lib., Mich.
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