Better than I Know Myself

Better than I Know Myself

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by Virginia DeBerry, Donna Grant
     
 

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The beloved #1 Essence bestselling authors of Tryin' to Sleep in the Bed You Made now deliver a novel in which you'll meet their most unforgettable characters yet. Carmen, Jewel, and Regina could not be more different. When they meet as freshmen at Columbia University, they're pretty confident that a friendship among them isn't in the cards.

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The beloved #1 Essence bestselling authors of Tryin' to Sleep in the Bed You Made now deliver a novel in which you'll meet their most unforgettable characters yet. Carmen, Jewel, and Regina could not be more different. When they meet as freshmen at Columbia University, they're pretty confident that a friendship among them isn't in the cards.

Jewel is Hollywood royalty: as the teenage star of the TV show "Daddy's Girl," her face is instantly recognizable all across America. Now, though, she wants two things-to get a serious education, and to leave her controlling stage mother behind. Regina is the definitive upper-middle-class African-American girl. Her picture-perfect parents are what she calls "black Ward and June Cleavers" and their goals for her are like a stranglehold. No one can see, though, how far Regina's rebellious side will take her (or how treacherous it will become). Carmen is just trying to get by. A child of the projects whose father is dead and whose mother has vanished, Carmen has been raised by her abusive brother. Columbia is the way for her to get a better life-if she can hold down two jobs and keep her GPA up.

When the three of them meet, their lives are at a crossroad. And as the years progress, from the 1980s to the present day, they are challenged by drug addiction, fame, secrets from the past, sickness, betrayal, and the darkest things women can face. One of them won't survive. But what will be the lasting legacy of their friendship? Better Than I Know Myself is a novel of heartache, triumph, tears, and the unshakeable bonds among women.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312341367
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
05/01/2005
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
659,326
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.85(d)

Meet the Author

Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant are the bestselling authors of Far from the Tree and Tryin' to Sleep in the Bed You Made. Tryin' to Sleep in the Bed You Made won the Merit Award for fiction from the black caucus of the American Library Association, the Book of the Year award from Blackboard, and the New Author of the Year Award from the Go On Girl Book Club. Virginia and Donna first met while working as models, and what should have been a rivalry ended up as a decades-long friendship. Virginia lives in New Jersey, and Donna lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Better Than I Know Myself 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
her3mom More than 1 year ago
Okay - I don't know where I've been and how this one slipped past my fingers. I've been a fan of these two powerful ladies for quite some time. Their writing style is like no other. I love they way they loose themselves in order to tell a story. This book had me from page one. I'm sitting at work sleepy right now because I stayed up late and was up early. I felt like a part of the family.... Carmen, Regina and Jewel will be invited to the next family re-union. I loved, loved, loved it........... Thanks again Ladies
edith hall More than 1 year ago
Good summer read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The authors got me to really know and care for the characters. Didn't want it to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never cried so hard. When I finished reading the book, I cried for about 3 days. It was such a page turner and I can relate to every single womans pain in this book! Awesome authirs, awesome writing, awesome read!!!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutley loved this book, I felt like I knew these girls as close friends. Being a young woman going through life I was able to relate as well as see a new perspective on life in the ever-changing world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I laughed 'a lot', cried, and empathized with the characters. The characters and situations in this book allow everyone to relate and provide a basis for reflection and a deeper understanding of one's self. I highly recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The plot in this story sizzles. It is a long book intended to be read slowly and savoured. The seamlessness of the story is noticeable. You cannot tell one writer from the other. The importance of girl friends comes through clearly. I thought Regina's addiction and downfall was very well handled. One of these authors must have experienced close up the agony of breast cancer. This part was so poignant - so real. The pain of giving up a child for adoption was also very real. A very interesting book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book, one of a kind. It gives you everything a book could, drama, love, friendship, drugs, etc. it covers all topics. The story of 3 friends from 3 totally different backgrounds, who come together in an odd way and you tag along as their friendship and lives develops. This book is hard to put down. Do not hesistate to purchase, You will not be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i pick this book up and 24 hours later i was finished{only took that long because i had to sleep}this is a book of three women who formed a friendship that we all wished we had ,the good times and the bad times they were there for each other,it made my heart warm and it made my heart break,i would recommend that everyone who wants to know the true meaning of friendship and life read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book, i love the friendships i loved the girls and i really enjoyed reading this book. please write another book like this one it's hard to find something good to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the second book that I read by Ms. DeBerry and Ms. Grant. It reminded me of what real friendship is about. Although the women in the book were from different backgrounds they forged a friendship that withstood the test of time. I cried, I laughed but most of all I felt everything that they felt. It was most refreshing too to read a book that wasn't bogged down with a lot of sex and violence to make the story. I can't wait for the next one!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really like the authors and have read other books by them and they were all excellent ! However , I took the book back because it was just not interesting and I did not seee the connection between the 3 friends.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Better than i know myself was great. As you read this book you get to know each of the characters. very emotional but keeps you interested. I read the book in 3 days.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been waiting for another good book from these two authors. Their first book Trying to Sleep In the Bed You Made was a great read also.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the Brooklyn projects ¿prisoner¿ Carmen struggles to survive the mean streets. Her father is dead, her mother vanished, and her older brother has ¿raised¿ her by abusing her. Hew ticket out of the slums is Columbia University, but that means two jobs and non-stop studying. ---In Franklin, New Jersey, upper middle class Regina lives the African-American equivalent to the Cleaver household though she is no Beaver. Her parents ¿Ward and June¿ have set life goals for her that so restrict her she is ready to revolt. ---In Baldwin hills, California, teenage star Jewel cannot hide from the fact that she is recognizable as a star on the TV show 'Daddy's Girl. However, Jewel has made some decisions about the direction of her life. She plans to go to school to obtain a real education and to achieve that she needs to escape from her stage mother. ---In 1981, these three teens from totally different social classes meet in Morningside Heights and forge a friendship that survive drugs, secrets, illness, betrayal, and death. For each ahs found solace in the other two. ---This sisterhood tale is a fine comparative look at three strong protagonists who form a friendship that helps each of them achieve a modicum of happenings in spite of setbacks. Each of the trio is a unique fully developed person so that readers understand what drives them. Fans of a strong character study inside a buddy tale will enjoy the apropos titled BETTER THAN I KNOW MYSELF for these pals surely do. ---Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It was book about overcoming obstacles, finding love, and believing in friendship. I cried....I don't normally cry over books, but this book touch my heart. And when i was finished I wanted to call my bestfriend and just tell her that I loved her no matter what. That's how this book made me feel. I recommend it to people who enjoy reading a good book.