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Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Wonderful book!

I've never been a big fan of short stories. They remind me of the 45 records I used to buy when I was a teenager. On the "A" side was the hit song you wanted to purchase, but the "B" side was usually a song you had never heard or didn't like but the music companies were...
I've never been a big fan of short stories. They remind me of the 45 records I used to buy when I was a teenager. On the "A" side was the hit song you wanted to purchase, but the "B" side was usually a song you had never heard or didn't like but the music companies weren't going to sell you two "A" songs on one 45.

BEFORE YOU SUFFOCATE YOUR OWN FOOL SELF is a wonderful book of short stories that doesn't have any "B" sides; they're all "A"s. Danielle Evans has written stories that deal with the difficulties of family life, friendships, reaching adulthood and inequality in equal measure for African-American and biracial protagonists.

There is honesty, pain and beauty in each of the stories. My favorite was "SNAKES", the story of a young bi-racial girl's summer with her white grandmother. Ms. Evans' characters find hope and joy despite their heartbreaking situations making BEFORE YOU SUFFOCATE YOUR OWN FOOL SELF a delight to read. Lynn Kimmerle

posted by Lynie on June 29, 2010

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

A Okay Read

It was okay. I really didn't get anything out of the short stories. I guess I'm used to more details and that why I dont read short stories. If there was suppose to be messages from them I surely didn't get it.

posted by Kimmie_H on November 9, 2010

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  • Posted January 23, 2011

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    Just Okay

    The title is what attracted me to this book. I was able to download a sample of the book and read it through my nookbook. I enjoyed what I read and purchased the rest of the book. I was disappointed. There are nine short stories and I truly enjoyed maybe three. I had to make an effort to finish the book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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