2006-06-04

Interracial Book Review Part 2

OK I just finished reading Renee and Jay 2 by JJ Murray. The book was pretty good, but if you are used to the other JJ Murray stuff, it is a bit harsh. Almost too depressing, this is not a beach read, this is a I am depressed about my lack of love, it is raining outside, I am in my pajamas and I just finished a pint of Haagen-Dazs Dulce De Leche and life will never get better type of book. Depressing, with some slightly funny moments, but books like these I usually expect escapism and it throws me off because it is so different from his other books. This book had my crying and hugging my husband and laying with him all night last night scared to leave his side. I even watched the Mavs (who are going to the finals by the way!!!!!!!!!) game with him.

This tells the story of Renee and Jay, they have had a daughter and their relationship is getting same old, same old. They rekindle their relationship and while this happens life altering events occur. As these life altering events happen, (I don't want to ruin the story) you keep expecting things to get better. It just gets worse. Then you are pushed into ruin and start sobbing uncontrollably.

I did have one problem with the book, there is a selection in which Janae (Jay or Giovanni's and Renee's daughter) is so angry she starts beating the hell out of her momma. No black momma in her right mind, no matter how bad their ten year old is hurting will let that ten year old beat the hell out of them. NEVER. You will calm them down, hug them, but then when fists start flying, momma will whoop that ass. Not to mention the girl is a bit too sassy for her own good, half the things the child says would have gotten me beat by my parents as a child, not seen as cute.

Anyway still a good read, but don't take this on vacation with you unless you are trying to get into a bad mood.

Escapism is good, and this one is a curve ball, it is still good, just expect to cry reading it.