Dare

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Simon and Schuster, Dec 11, 2007 - Fiction - 352 pages
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Meet Maya Hope. Double-dipped in cocoa with brick-house curves, she's a lover of jazz, a political poet, and a sociologist. Her best friend and roommate, Athena Jackson, is her opposite in every way -- a petite ex-cheerleader who's always blaring rap, grinding out rhymes, and ready to take the next man home. When Maya is forced to pinch-hit in an audition and bust Athena's rhymes, she finds herself on an undercover escapade in the wild world of hip-hop as the raw, sexy, roughneck Jezebel. After striking a deal with her own personal devil, Maya sets off on the tempting roller-coaster ride of a lifetime -- finding music, more fun than she's ever had, and even a man or two...but not without consequences. Brimming with electric sensuality, Dare is an unforgettable, envelope-pushing odyssey of two gutsy women playing by their own rules.
 

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I received this book from a gift exchange at work. I was skeptical because I live in NYC and ride the subway where frankly I see young African Americans reading books with ridiculous titles and plots. When I realized the Dare was set in the world of hip hop, I was doubly turned off. However, as a passionate reader I will give almost anything a 15 page chance. Fifteen pages in, I was hooked. What a really interesting human story! For some reason, I noticed that the book wears the tag of erotica. That is definitely a misleading label. Dare was a fun and thoughtfully written contemporary story. There was one or two sex scenes in 350 plus pages-- hardly erotica. Abiola Abrams is also a poetic writer. I actually ended up ordering copies of Dare myself and giving them as holiday gifts. I tend to shy away from doing reviews, but I really enjoyed this book. Dare is not about hip hop, it is about a 30 something year old woman in her second coming of age, and it was fascinating that the author considers this a modern retelling of Faust or The Wizard of Oz. There are affirmations worked into the story. Book club questions too! Well done! 

Contents

Section 1
5
Section 2
25
Section 3
32
Section 4
39
Section 5
46
Section 6
52
Section 7
66
Section 8
71
Section 20
211
Section 21
224
Section 22
237
Section 23
239
Section 24
246
Section 25
257
Section 26
267
Section 27
275

Section 9
75
Section 10
84
Section 11
111
Section 12
133
Section 13
138
Section 14
149
Section 15
162
Section 16
171
Section 17
177
Section 18
190
Section 19
198
Section 28
286
Section 29
290
Section 30
304
Section 31
310
Section 32
317
Section 33
319
Section 34
324
Section 35
341
Section 36
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About the author (2007)

ABIOLA ABRAMS is the host of BET's hit indie film competition The Best Shorts, airing throughout the United States and the Caribbean. As a writer, filmmaker, and self-proclaimed TV big mouth, her goal is to use pop culture to create uncommon inspiration: politically, emotionally, and sexually. Abiola's writing is featured in Eve Ensler's anthology A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer and the upcoming anthology Behind the Bedroom Door, edited by Self magazine's Paula Derrow. Abiola's art films range from edgy "chick flicks" to socially conscious documentaries. Her work has been seen in theaters, museums, galleries, and festivals worldwide. Dare is her debut novel. Find out more at her interactive website: www.thegoddessfactory.com.

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