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Using What You Got [NOOK Book]

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Eighteen-year-old college student Tiara Bynum is as pretty as a princess and just as spoiled. Her castle is the Harlem housing project where she lives with her younger sister Jo-Jo, and her doting father, Reggie. Her fiefdom is the legion of men at her beck and call every time she snaps her perfectly manicured fingers. She has no qualms about flaunting her charms to get what she wants because she’s “got it like that.”
Tiara believes she’s the toast of the world. Her greatest ...
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Using What You Got

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Overview

Eighteen-year-old college student Tiara Bynum is as pretty as a princess and just as spoiled. Her castle is the Harlem housing project where she lives with her younger sister Jo-Jo, and her doting father, Reggie. Her fiefdom is the legion of men at her beck and call every time she snaps her perfectly manicured fingers. She has no qualms about flaunting her charms to get what she wants because she’s “got it like that.”
Tiara believes she’s the toast of the world. Her greatest goal is to find a rich, handsome man who will spoil her just as her father does-or maybe even more. Go for the glitter, she urges herself. Who cares if it’s gold? When two suitors arrive on the scene, Tiara prepares to be smitten. But when the one she secretly adores doesn’t like her attitude, Tiara’s trademark confidence frays into embarrassment, shame, and confusion.
Blindly determined to strike out on her own at any cost, Tiara lashes out against those who love her most. Yet the choices she makes, based on the way she’s been raised, threaten to destroy not only Tiara, but her entire family.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013234772
  • Publisher: Oshun Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/22/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 728,565
  • File size: 400 KB

Meet the Author

Karen E. Quinones Miller is the author of seven Essence bestselling novels, and a nationally known literary consultant. Originally from Harlem, she lives in Philadelphia.
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2012

    ALL THAT GLITTERS AINT GOLD!!!!!

    Be careful of what u wish for. Gud book, i recommend it.

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  • Posted October 17, 2010

    Highly Recommended - you HAVE to check it out!!

    This was such a great book I couldn't stop reading it! It's a quick read and I wound up reading it in it's entirety in 2 days. This is the first book I have done that with. I really loved it from start to finish!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2006

    Not too bad!

    The beginning of the book was interesting but when you get to the middle part it falls off, but I really enjoyed the book though, everyone was telling me about the book 'I'm Telling' in which I would soon read next.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2004

    This book is still a reader...

    This book was very well written but at times it was confusing. On the back of the book it read that Tiara was 19 but in the book she said she was 18. The book was still interesting and I am anxious to read Ms. Miller's other book titled 'I'm Telling: A Novel'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2004

    I Should Have Known

    This book really was prediable I have to say , I've read so many african american theme books to have guessed how it was gonna turn out . Too much cussing, unrealisitc characters that you really cant relate to, thank god I didnt buy the book and just borrowed it from the library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2004

    Don't Waste Your Time

    This book is long drawn out and boring, the character Tiara is unrealistic and overdone. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. I have read I'm Telling compared to that this is bad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2004

    recommended

    the book is good but its not the type of book that keeps you guessing and the type of book that makes u say wow after u finish reading it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2004

    Not good at all

    I was very disappointed after reading this book. I paid over 20 dollars and I went back to the store and requested a refund. The story never picked me up I knew ever thing that was going to happen before it happened.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2004

    Ok

    This book was very interesting, however the main character was very unpleasant. Her ablity to make every day decisions was one that should not have been displayed in this novel. All and all the story was ok to say the least.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2003

    GOOD BOOK

    This book was a little long but when it began to get boring, the action started. Not better than I'm Telling but pretty good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2003

    A REALLY GOOD BOOK!!!

    THIS BOOK WAS EXCELLENT I READ IT FROM COVER TO COVER WITH ANTCIPATION THROUGHT THE BOOK. KAREN DID AN EXCELLENT JOB ON THIS BOOK. SHE DEFINITLY KNOWS HOW TO GET THE ATTENTION OF A YOUNG READER BY PUTTING THE LATEST FASHION'S AND SLANG IN THE STORY.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2003

    great job

    This was the first book I've read of Karen and it shocked me. I really wasn't expecting the book to be so good. She is a great story teller and keeps you quessing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2003

    A GOOD READ

    This book is outstanding. I really liked the positive relationship the father shared with his daughters and his sister. It showed black men in another angle and it showed that they are willing to do what they have to in order to survive, if necessary. Aunt Charlie was a mess!!!Nice read. Book seems as if it is aimed at a younger generation, though. Mainly because of the materialistic things that were mentioned. A nice gift!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2003

    Wasn't what I expected

    This is my first time reading a karen miller quinones book, and I wasn't impressed. The book was long but seemed like it covered a weeks time. The characters were predictable, and so was the ending. Someone that recommened this book compared it to Coldest Winter Ever...not even close!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2003

    If she had it so good why she still in the hood?

    This book was okay, I didn't love it, I was happy that the selfish young girl learned her lesson. This is more of a coming of age story maybe a lesson that younger girls could learn from. A lot of people spoil their children in the attempt to keep them from straying don't realize what a bad effect it will be as well. They are always looking to be validated by material things. The main character in this book Tiara, was superficial and senseless she believed everyone around her was jealous of her because she had nice things, and was going to college. Apparently she wasn't as smart as she thought she hooked up with Lionel a spoiled rich young fake thug drug dealer and didn't know it! She met a guy Rashad who drove a cab who wouldn't be bothered and of course he was jealous of her. The title was using what you got, all she ever said 'was she got it like that!' I sure couldn't tell. People flossing coach and prada living in the projects, shoot spend that moment to get you some bricks of your own!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2003

    WHAT A WONDERFUL FIND...

    I BOUGHT THE BOOK BC IT WAS ON SALE BUT I WASN'T SURE WHAT TO EXPECT. THIS BOOK WAS WONDERFUL, FROM BEGINNING TO END! IT HELPS YOU TO REALIZE THE MORE IMPORTANT THINGS IN LIFE. IT WAS ONE OF THE MOST INTERESTING BOOKS THAT I HAVE READ IN A LONG TIME. I WOULD RECOMMEND IT ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG LADIES.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2003

    This Book is great.

    When I first got the book, I didn't know what to expect. But it was so good. This man on the bus one day made me understand exactly what I was reading. He asked me is 'she using what she got physcially or mentally?' That made me think. Plus it was funny as hell. You got to read it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2003

    great book in a long time

    i just finshed the book, and that is the fastest i have ever read a book. I just couldn't put it down, it is really that good. She is a wonderful writer and a much needed break from all of the other nonchalance that has been conceived through the art of writing.

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