Chocolate Star

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He played the wrong game.

The song of preacher, college basketball star Sean "Sylk" Ross prayed that God would get him in the NBA, until he started playing games of love and power. Then the way to fame was leading him toward a mistake that could send him straight to hell...

She never looked back.

Lies, drugs, too many men— golden skinned singer Topaz Black would do anything to get a hit to the top of the ...

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Overview

He played the wrong game.

The song of preacher, college basketball star Sean "Sylk" Ross prayed that God would get him in the NBA, until he started playing games of love and power. Then the way to fame was leading him toward a mistake that could send him straight to hell...

She never looked back.

Lies, drugs, too many men— golden skinned singer Topaz Black would do anything to get a hit to the top of the charts, even walk away from her friends and family. But surrounded by greed and lust, the love the longed for seemed to be slipping away forever.

He broke all the rules.

Brought up in South Central L.A., movie producer Gunther Lawrence learned early how to get the wealth and women he wanted— and to turn his back on his roots. Now, blinded by Hollywood's glitter, his illusions may shatter when he discovers who really controls his career.

As their lives touch, ignite, and explode, three talented African-Americans pursue fame at any cost...and the price may be their happiness...or their lives..

An alternate selection of the Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club

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"Africa-American life for exactly what it is— a combination of live, laughter, tears, hope. Definitely a page-turner."—Turning Point
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Copeland debuts with three rags-to-riches journeys that even when combined make up little more than a Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous episode.

All three of the African-American protagonists here are flawed. Singer Topaz Black, who began as a model, is vain, rude, and greedy—not to mention having abandoned a hardworking husband and infant son in the blink of an eye for Hollywood and the high life. Film director Gunther Lawrence started out as a self-loathing black kid in a lily-white prep school; when he strikes it rich in Hollywood, he immediately makes a point of forgetting everyone who helped him along the way. NBA star Sean "Sylk" Ross, meanwhile, is meant to be the good guy, but his constant praying, do-gooding, and holier-than-thou moralizing make him, if anything, even less palatable than his co-stars, who are at least frank about their selfish and ruthless behavior. Eventually, the three come together. Topaz ends up married to Gunther (who's become involved with a heavy drug scene). Before marrying, though, she'd dated Sean, whom she had hoped would introduce her to the "right people" (read: celebrities). Of the three, one finally dies, another is miserable and alone, the third is happier than most people have a right to be. It's all too easy, in accordance with Copeland's moral scale, to guess the outcomes—more suspense and less predictability could have offered the novel some much needed energy. The story is lacking, too, in good old-fashioned campy fun—the most important factor, after all, in any sort of Jackie Collins page-turner.

The mean-spirited Topaz and Gunther are unpleasant, but not even the goody-goody Sean is appealing: in all, just plenty of glitz and three rich, unlikable people.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312967291
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.86 (w) x 4.20 (h) x 0.95 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2006

    This Book Has Changed My Life!

    I've read this book for the first time when I was 21 years old, and honestly, this book is my favorate of all time. Topaz was a selfish, stuck-up, greedy, back-stabbing, yet beautiful villan. A lot of the things she's done had reminded me of my self and how I would end up if I don't change my ways and love those around me. This book has taught me to keep my stong faith in God and happiness and prosperity will follow if you stay true to Him.( I'm not saying that one will become rich and famous like Sylk Ross if you go to church, but the Lord will bless you if you just humble yourself.) I understood where Gunther was coming from in certain situations, but he is a prime example of how not to try to get revenge on life just because life wasn't always kind to you. I know that some of you might just think this is just a book, but to me it was a sign from God. It is much more than a book to me. When I first read this book, I was a drug abusing, two-timing, very selfish, self-absorbed witch that felt the world owed me something because of me having a very rough and sad childhood. And like Topaz, I am considered 'beautiful' by all races. My husband and I were dating at the time, I was treating hime like Topaz was treating Germaine. After I read the book, I stopped cheating on him and started showering him with love. Unconditional, true love. Three years later, we got married and now have a beautiful baby girl, and have never been happier in my life. That's why I say that this book has changed my life. 'Chocolate Star' is much more than a book to me. It was a mirror of my owm life and it was also a warning of what can happen if I were to make the decisions that I'm glad I didn't make. Thank you Ms. Copeland for writing this book. You saved my life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2005

    Better than I would have ever expected!

    This book is my favorite book of all time. I read it a few years ago, but I have yet to come across a book that lived up to this one. It's 5 years later and I still think about the characters in chocolate starr. I definitly reccomend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2004

    Words cannot express...

    Words cannot express how excellent this book was! It was like a soap opera...and I could not put it down for one second. The book definitely kept my attention! I found myself thinking about the book when I was at work...wondering what would happen next! Great work Shelia!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2003

    True Page Turner

    Chocolate Star was a great book. The book gives the reader an idea of the various things that may happen if you fail to stay grounded. Although the book used characters with high-profile lives, I was still able to relate to the characters and find some one who remoinded me of one of them. My eyes were glued to the book every chance I got. Reading Chocolate Star was constant entertainment. I was constantly in question as to what would happen next. Despite my hectic schedule, I was able to complete the book within four days.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2002

    Very Good Book!

    This was a book that keeps you reading!! Despite its unrealistic qualities, it was a good book, and it was very interesting how everyone's lives were affected by each other. This is a must-read!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2002

    Loved it!

    I could not stop reading this book. I can't wait to read her next book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2002

    A Star Is Born

    This book was delightful. A true page turning mind blowing drama. I read this some years ago and I am so glad to be able to share my thoughts. The Hollywood lifestyle is so vividly described, a true Soap Opera.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2001

    Um Um, GOOD...

    This was the best trash I have read. My cousin is an Jackie Collins trash reader, but I must say that even she enjoyed this book and couldn't wait for me to finish second book 'Chocolate Affair' so that she could read it...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2001

    An Easy-Read, Page-Turning Drama¿.

    A rags to riches story of three African American wanna-be stars. We follow them from adolescence where their life experiences and dreams set the stage for their adult pursuits to fame. Topaz Black wanna-be singer uses everyone to get to the top; Gunther Lawrence wanna-be film producer forgets his roots and gets led astray; and Sean Ross wanna-be basketball hero clings to his roots despite temptation all around. The author does a good job with pacing because the story moves well. The supporting cast of characters is solid, imagery is sound, and there is just the right amount of dialogue. I enjoyed it and I¿m looking forward to reading the sequel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2000

    SISTA GIRL CAN WRITE

    THIS BOOK HAD EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED IN A BOOK; INTRIGUE AND TREACHERY THROUGH OUT THE WHOLE BOOK!! I THINK THIS BOOK RANKS UP THERE WITH BOOKS BY OUR OTHER KNOWN DIVA' OF AFRO AMERICAN LITERATURE; INCLUDING MR.HARRIS AND MR.TYREE

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2000

    'CHOCOLATE' never tasted this sweet!

    CHOCOLATE STAR gave me everything that I truly wanted in a book. Plot, interesting characters, and divine justice. The characters never strayed from the basis of their personalities, even when their backs were up against the wall. At the end, not everyone was able to celebrate with joy. If they did, it wouldn't have been the book for me. In fact, if they did, I would have become a diabetic on the spot! Not a pretty sight. Ms. Copeland, my hat's off to you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2000

    Chocolate Star gets five stars

    I didn't think that too many people had read this book, but i guess that i was wrong. i really enjoyed this book and recommend it to anybody who likes a page turner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2000

    OUTSTANDING

    This book was a page turner. I really enjoyed this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2000

    NOT 4 BUT 5 CHOCOLATE STARS

    I LOVED THE BOOK SO MUCH, I DIDN'T WANT IT TO END. THE CHARACTERS IN THE BOOK WERE SO REAL, AND BEING AFRICAN-AMERICAN FROM L.A. I KNOW WHAT'S LIKE OUT HERE. I BORROWED THE BOOK FROM A FRIEND AND DIDN'T WANT TO GIVE IT BACK. I HAVE RECOMMENDED THIS BOOK TO PLENTY OF PEOPLE. I'VE BEEN GOING TO BOOK STORES ALL OVER TRYING TO FIND OUT IF SHE HAS ANOTHER BOOK COMING OUT. YOU GO SHELIA COPELAND

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