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3.47 out of 53.47 out of 53.47 out of 53.47 out of 53.47 out of 5 3.47 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Trisha R. Thomas Narrator: Lisa Reneé Pitts Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2011 ISBN: 9781455193837
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Venus Johnston has a great job and a long-term, live-in boyfriend who happens to be a drop-dead gorgeous doctor. She also has a weekly date at the beauty parlor to keep her long, nappy hair slick and straight. But the tedious hours and harsh chemicals in the salon have long grated on Venus, and one frustrating day, she trades in the long hair for a dramatically short, natural cut—and sends her commitment-balking boyfriend packing. It’s a bold declaration of independence and one that has effects she never could have imagined; reactions from friends and coworkers range from concern, to contempt, to outright condemnation. When her ex starts dating a voluptuous, long-haired beauty, Venus is forced to question what she really wants out of life. With wit, resilience, and determination, Venus finally learns what true happiness is, on her own terms. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Empowering…Thomas refuses to let her characters slide into stereotype, and she keeps the pace fast and funny.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Thomas offers painful but amusing insights into the politics of beauty, black culture, and male-female relationships; her first novel places her in a league with Terry MacMillan and Bebe Moore Campbell.”

    Booklist

  • “Not only has the author chosen the perfect title for her charming work, she’s also created an unusual love story from diverse perspectives. When Venus’ romance with Clint crumbles, she decides to cut off her long, gorgeous locks. This act symbolizes so much related to the self- image of black women that it’s a radical act. Narrator Lisa Renée Pitts is outstanding as the story’s primary character, and she absolutely shines portraying the older relatives. Her delivery of the slightly raunchy banter between three old guys is sheer fun, and her depictions of the mother-daughter exchanges are priceless. The topics of sexual harassment, living up to family expectations, and the lives of black Americans are genuine and relevant. Valuable life lessons are offered without being preachy and should appeal to a wide audience.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kellice Chance | 2/15/2014

    " I really enjoyed the book. There is a lot of things to discuss. I read the next book in the series just because I wanted to see what happens next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Khelani | 2/12/2014

    " I was young when i read this, i guess it was okay "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sam | 2/5/2014

    " This was a good book with a few unexpected twists/turns "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LaKeisha | 1/30/2014

    " This was a good book. I read it a while ago, so I didn't know that the author had written more books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lmackey | 1/21/2014

    " This was the first book I read by Trisha and I was very impressed and could not wait for book number two to come out. I lived the main character because she started to make herself happy by doing something that the person she was with would disagree. I learned to never pressure anyone to do anything they are not ready for and you should not rush someone b/c if they do respond to your request it will be to make you happy and they will despise you and you them. Be patient and your Mr. or Mrs. right will come when it is the right time. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chela | 1/19/2014

    " wasn't my type of book. couldn't get into it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Venise | 1/15/2014

    " I think situations drove apart a couple who would continue to improve together. Just when attachments and many pleasing moments have happened, a situation surfaces to change things. It is good that the characters have the good inner strength needed to get through difficult moments. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherrill Dodson-lewis | 11/21/2013

    " The book that got me hooked on the series. I read something in Essence magazine about this book. Read it, Loved it, and have been hooked on the series every since. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 11/2/2013

    " I enjoyed this story of a woman who gives up her beauty regimen and her man in one fell swoop. A deft look at the investment of family and friends in women's appearances. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angelica | 6/24/2013

    " Well written. Not quite a trashy romance, but it had it's parts. LOL! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica Terry | 2/6/2013

    " This book was great...I'm looking forward to the movie! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney Wilkerson | 1/15/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. Especially because I'm on a journey to natural and finding myself as well. It was so easy to relate to the tough moments and the revelations they went through. I look forward to reading the others in this series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sontue | 11/1/2012

    " Struggled to get through this book. I expected hair to be more of an issue. Venus' hair was an issue occasionally throughout the book. The book was more about her relationships and career moves. I expected more and have read better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deidre | 7/16/2012

    " Ohh this started it all, this is such a good book. I haven't read it in years but after it I started collecting all of the rest of the books and now I have them all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorinda Cockrell | 7/16/2012

    " I liked the book, although Venus was made to look like a lunatic. She just never thought anything through but just made implusive, irrationable decisions. I'm thinking of reading the next book but I can't figure out which one comes next, they are spread out over a space of almost 10 years. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Porcha Maten | 6/6/2012

    " Finding yourself and what you really want in life is important. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shavonne | 4/3/2012

    " Nothing special about this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 RK Byers | 2/19/2012

    " was it just me? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 brenda | 12/6/2011

    " Wonderful male character. Really enjoyed the beginning - about Black women's hair. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 11/23/2011

    " Basically a romance novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 5/9/2011

    " Halle Berry read this book and loved it so much, she is turning it into a Hollywood film starring herself and Alicia Keys. Should be funny, dramatic, and all that jazz. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 brenda | 4/20/2011

    " Wonderful male character. Really enjoyed the beginning - about Black women's hair. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 11/3/2010

    " This was okay, fluffier than I expected. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherrill | 4/2/2010

    " Could not put it down ran out to get the next book in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherrill | 4/2/2010

    " The book that got me hooked on the series. I read something in Essence magazine about this book. Read it, Loved it, and have been hooked on the series every since. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 2/7/2010

    " I enjoyed this story of a woman who gives up her beauty regimen and her man in one fell swoop. A deft look at the investment of family and friends in women's appearances. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha | 9/18/2009

    " It's a little slow, but the only reason I keep reading is to know what happens to Venus because she is the only one going through a major problem regarding her hair and how it affects her relationship with Clint. The other characters seem a little dull to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angelica | 8/20/2009

    " Well written. Not quite a trashy romance, but it had it's parts. LOL! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tamika | 8/6/2009

    " Love the idea of her letting the hair go to find herself. Had an issue with the lack of self defense towards the co-worker in the parking garage. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 6/6/2009

    " This book was great...I'm looking forward to the movie! "

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About the Author
Author Trisha R. Thomas

Trisha R. Thomas lives in the Northwest with her husband and children. Nappily Ever After, her first novel, was nominated for an NAACP Image Award and the 2001 Golden Pen Award for Best New Author and Best Mainstream Fiction.

About the Narrator

Lisa Reneé Pitts is an accomplished actress in theater, film, and television, appearing in The Practice, The Shield, and Law & Order. A native New Yorker, she holds a BFA in theater arts from Rutgers University and resides in Burbank, California.