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am 31. Januar 2000
If you've ever had a "best friend", and that relationship was ever in trouble, you MUST read this book. Gayle and Patricia go through some trials and tribulations that life puts upon us but its wonderful reading how each one deals with their own troubles yet holding on to the memory of the other. One tragic accident sends their lives into turmoil and what emerges is a secret and friendship that will last for decades.
Gayle is the pretty one with two loving parents and a good stable home. She's spoiled rotten and has hair that every black girl wants---long and manageble. She manages to bribe her parents to take in/adopt Patricia, her best friend, after a tragic accident that sends Patricia to a foster home. Gayle willingly shares everything with Patricia and that best friend relationship immediately turns into sisterhood.
Gayle ends up falling for Marcus, another member who is also keeping the secret. For many years they date but one day it's all over and Gayle realizes she must move on, that Marcus wasn't the man for her after all. She meets and falls in love with Ramsey, a rich sweet talker who sweeps her off her feet instantly and changes her life forever.
Patricia is the smart one. Trying to earn her keep she makes her grades the number one goal in life so that one day she will be somebody AND respected.
Although she knows Joe and Loretta aren't her parents, she comes to love them as if they were. She gets a scholarship that sends her through college and once she graduates, she sets out to live her life as she see's fit. She has a body that is to die for and men have no problem letting her know it, as she soars to the top of her business in no time and makes everyone proud of her.
As adults Patricia and Gayle have a terrible fight which is left unresolved for many years keeping them out of touch and out of each others lives for years. As the years go by each woman is faced with different crisis and each finds themselves in need of the other.
This is one of those "I can't put it down books", and as I got closer to the end I was saddened because I was almost through with it. I want my best friend to read this book, hoping it will pull us closer together, knowing that we are not alone in our squabbles and disagreements.
This book is for everyone, sisters and bestfriends. Right on ladies, right on! .
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am 16. Juli 2000
I finished reading this book yesterday, and I'm still in awe! DeBerry and Grant did a superb job of telling a beautiful story of frienship, betrayal, love, forgiveness, and letting go of the pain of the past. I wonder how the authors went about writing the book together, because it reads as though it was written by one person. One person with a profound voice, and a way with words that had me laughing out loud at some points, pissed off at some points, and crying like a baby at other points. And the way they wrote that Ramsey character! I fell in love with him right along with Gayle in the scene where she lost her virginity to him! And I was ready to take him back for Gayle in that scene in the cemetary! I think I identify more with Gayle than with any of the other characters in the book, but I loved them all!
This was definitely one of the best books I've read this summer, and I would even read it again. And I don't usually read books more than once, no matter how much I like them! I would also love to see this book made into a movie. For some reason, I see Vanessa L. Williams as the perfect Gayle. But enough of my raving about the book. If you haven't read it, you should! Believe me, you'll be glad you did!
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am 7. Dezember 1999
Tryin' to Sleep in The Bed You Made by Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant a Review by Eshaunda Howard
Gayle Saunders and Patricia Reid were total opposites who chose each other as best friends when they were children. Through the years they were raised together, as close as sisters. Gayle, the beauty, pampered by her working-class parents, believes a man will make her world complete. Pat, the brainy one, is the hand-me-down child whose mystery parentage haunts her. She's determined to finally make a home for herself, in the executive suite at the top of her career. And then there is Marcus Carter, linked to both women from the moment a childhood tragedy takes the life of his older brother that bonds them in secrecy. In all honesty, I feel that this book has had a good impact on me. In a way it has given me advice on how to handle the realities of life. I could see parts of myself in Pat, because I am like her in many ways a hand-me-down child, the result of losing one parent and the other not giving a damn what happens to me, being raised by my Aunt out of obligation first, and love second. Unlike Gayle's family where I guess you can say that they love her a little too much, to the point where they shelter her from the realities of the world which causes her to go throughout most of her life half blind and letting other people do the thinking for her. I learned a very important lesson from her life: not to shelter my children from the painful realities of the world whether it is encouragingly good or terribly harsh. Gayle's situation has taught me that it is better to explain everything to my children in the best possible way that I can, letting them know first hand what is going on. To give them the chance to learn and think for themselves, without them having to depend on me solely to do their thinking for them. The novel Tryin' to Sleep in the Bed You Made is a very realistic tale of two girls that are bonded by their differences, growing up together brings them closer than any best friends can get. Yet, their different goals set them apart as they learn to deal with the realities of life. But, what both girls go out in search of leads them right back to each other. This novel deals with some of the harsh realities that life throws our way. Reading this novel is like seeing parts of my life being lived through Patricia Reid and Gayle Sunders being able to become a part of their lives, being able to live and learn from their mistakes is what I believe is to be one of the great things about this book. Any person who reads this book will benefit from it unquestionably.
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am 7. Dezember 1999
Tryin' to Sleep in The Bed You Made by Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant a Review by Eshaunda Howard
Gayle Saunders and Patricia Reid were total opposites who chose each other as best friends when they were children. Through the years they were raised together, as close as sisters. Gayle, the beauty, pampered by her working-class parents, believes a man will make her world complete. Pat, the brainy one, is the hand-me-down child whose mystery parentage haunts her. She's determined to finally make a home for herself, in the executive suite at the top of her career. And then there is Marcus Carter, linked to both women from the moment a childhood tragedy takes the life of his older brother that bonds them in secrecy.
In all honesty, I feel that this book has had a good impact on me. In a way it has given me advice on how to handle the realities of life. I could see parts of myself in Pat, because I am like her in many ways a hand-me-down child, the result of losing one parent and the other not giving a damn what happens to me, being raised by my Aunt out of obligation first, and love second. Unlike Gayle's family where I guess you can say that they love her a little too much, to the point where they shelter her from the realities of the world which causes her to go throughout most of her life half blind and letting other people do the thinking for her.
I learned a very important lesson from her life: not to shelter my children from the painful realities of the world whether it is encouragingly good or terribly harsh. Gayle's situation has taught me that it is better to explain everything to my children in the best possible way that I can, letting them know first hand what is going on. To give them the chance to learn and think for themselves, without them having to depend on me solely to do their thinking for them.
The novel Tryin' to Sleep in the Bed You Made is a very realistic tale of two girls that are bonded by their differences, growing up together brings them closer than any best friends can get. Yet, their different goals set them apart as they learn to deal with the realities of life. But, what both girls go out in search of leads them right back to each other. This novel deals with some of the harsh realities that life throws our way. Reading this novel is like seeing parts of my life being lived through Patricia Reid and Gayle Sunders being able to become a part of their lives, being able to live and learn from their mistakes is what I believe is to be one of the great things about this book. Any person who reads this book will benefit from it unquestionably. .
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am 21. März 1998
This novel was enlightening. I'm still talking about it and I read it months ago. It never lost any of it's momentum. It was captivating, made you want to slap Gayle out of her sillyness-force Pat to open up-Shout at Pat's mother for her neglect and shake your head at Ramsey's greed. The authors truly captured the nuiances of Gayle & Pat's friendship...sisterhood. Not only did they do that, they drew a circle with their words-what truly struck me is how things came full circle. Pat was a loner and Gayle's family opened their home to her. Gayle, although misguided in her 'youth'; did eventually grow up. She lost all of what she had, but despite it all she still had Pat to turn to. And then it came full circle; Pat opened her home to Gayle. That book had me so drawn in, showed me (again) how we can judge one another. Because we think we might have more than others or because we have less and think that we deserve to have what they have. I sent the book to my Dad, I never thought that something I just picked up, just out of curiosity was going to be so "rich". It was REAL. It also was instrumental in demonstrating that SECRETS can destroy your true nature. But Life is a journey, and the authors took us back into Gayle and Pat's youth, straight to adulthoood, through the ups & the downs. They did an EXCELLENT job and I'm looking forward to their next book. When you know who you are, you have no choice but to make that bed & you just have to sleep in it no matter the consequences. READ THE BOOK, you wont be dissapointed.
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am 20. Juli 2000
My book club The Sistah Circle Book Club read this book back in November(1999) and we all truly enjoyed it. It was surreal, refreshing and very touching. Both DeBerry and Grant are a breath of fresh air in the literary world and I'm on pins and needles waiting for their new novel, due for release later this summer.
This novel sent me on a journey from my own childhood to the present. It helped me to see that the choices we make or have made for us can greatly affect our lives and the path(s) we choose to take. This story also showed how lies and secrets can and will hurt and at times can kill when you least expect it. It celebrates a precious 20 year friendship, that's more like a sistahood between Patricia Reid and Gayle Saunders. Then there's the tragic day after school that changes not only their lives but that of their other friend-Marcus Carter. As they all grow and go on with their lives they realize love will see you through it all. I look forward to reading this book again and again. I've recommended this book to my sister-Joi, countless others and a woman in the bookstore who bought on "the spot."
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am 18. Dezember 1998
This novel is very inspiring in my eyes. It includes real-life situations that are common among the lives of urban youth. The relationship between Gayle and Pat was remarkably unique. The different twists of life-style that the two took; was the catch of the story. It shows the trials of trying to survive in the most common situations in society today. One, the belief that you can not live on the support of another man. And then there's the lifestyle of surviving in and after college. The author also shows the real deal; showing that even in college there are going to be many trials that you will have to overcome; merely that it isn't all "good." Deberry and Grant also put forth the issue that you will always return to where you came from. You can never escape that. The relationship between two basically, "sisters" will always be; eventually you will need the other for one reason or another. I can't stress enough the reality in this novel.
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am 30. September 1998
This is one of the best books that I have ever read, two best from two totally different worlds, meet,and then seperate for search of self. I had a hard time putting the book down cause Iknow that each page held a enchanting story. how sad it was for Gayle to put beauty and fairytale and a man before the only friend she would ever know, and for Pat to close her heart to the love that Marcus, the only man that would ever love her the way she always wanted to be loved. I only wish that there was a part II, I would read that one also over and over again, this book goes to show that we must value the ones that we have in our lives in order to be happy and at peace with ourselves. Mad props to the authors of this novel, i have two new friends who have found a warm place in my heart. " Tryin to sleep in a bed you made" is hard to do if you don't clean out the mess that was made in the past......
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am 29. Dezember 1999
This is one of my all time favorite books! Since I read 1-2 books a week, that is really a compliment. I very seldom find a book that feels so realistic with such three dimensional characters. It is a book of lessons, romance and mystery that engages you till the end. It teaches you that, just as the authors said in their note, we should all aim to "Sleep Well" for that means we are at peace with our lives. Not only could I not put the book down, but I recommended it to no less than 20 friends and relatives, all of whom thoroughly enjoyed it! If you're interested in a novel that captures you and holds you captive, this is it! This book is definitely worth the effort. If it feels slow to you in the beginning, stick with it and you will be richly rewarded. Finally, I have been waiting quite some time for the authors to come out with another book. I hope it is forthcoming!
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am 18. Januar 1999
I'm always searching for a novel with a good plot. One that is not centered around a woman finding all of her worth in a man. I think this book does a great job of living up to my expectations and being realistic. Okay it did have some romance, but doesn't every life. Anyone looking for something to read and tired of that old cat and mouse game, well this is a good book. It offers a reader with imagination, an opportunity to escape our own lives and into someone esle's drama. Remembering our own childhood, friendships, and most of all for young women, coming of age and dealing with society.
A lot of us had to let friends go, this book made me wonder what happened to this person, or another one. I hope that every one is allowed to see this work for how wonderful it truly is. Thanks ladies for a good experience, hope that I will be seeing more of your work in the future.
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