Butterscotch Blues

Butterscotch Blues

by Margaret Johnson-Hodge
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Butterscotch Blues 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is amongst the greatest books I've read. It deals with very real issues, AIDS, the color syndrome amongst blacks, love, marriage, friendship, and loneliness. 4 friends who literally transform before you. Sandy after being involved in a so I won't be alone relationship finally gets the picture and meets Adrian who opens her eyes to the beauty of being a beautiful dark skin black and opens her mind to the reality of safe sex and her heart to an abiding love. Janice the friend we all have who can't seem to get that she keeps settling and giving way too much of herself in these one sided relationships finally gets some guts, a brain and a real man. Martha the money-making sistah whose standards are set entirely too high can't get a man so she is turning into a bitter depressing drunk who sees that she has to let it be and finally gets a man who is intelligent enough to do whatever he chooses but he does things to impress self. Britney who has weight and low self esteem issues. Finds a sponsor who shows her love isn't always a size 6 and she begins to take more pride in herself. It's so much more it's about the power of an abiding love! As you read you're like okay this is it do it and then it's too late they break up she can't cope and when finally all the cards are on the table and ... I am still crying! This is the first book I've read by Margaret Johnson-Hodge I will be checking out her other ones real soon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was definitely the best I've read ever. I read it for 3 days and the last night I cried all night because it really touched home for me in so many ways. It shows that the bonds of love cannot be broken even through death. It lasts forever. And this book was proof to me that true love can be found and you definitely know it when you see it. I thank the author personally for writing this because I learned so much from it and I truly see some things in a different light.
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SSR87 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book...from the beginning to the end. It dealt with a lot of issues that people really don't talk about. It proves that love is blind and it anything is possible
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Yummi_Blu More than 1 year ago
Poetic...is all I can say. This book makes you think about the what if's. Twist and turns from start to finish...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have not finish this book yet, but I loved it from the first page. I read 'Warm Hands' and after that I was hooked on this author. Some grammatical errors- but still a page turner. A+ book
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think my title saids it all. This book held me captive to the end. I laughed, whelped, cringed, and hoped. So many emotions I felt as I read this book that it is difficult to describe. It took me on a journey to the seqel of it, ' Some Sunday' and beyond. I have shared this book with my adult daughters and they tell me they are now sharing it with their friends as well. These are a 'MUST READ'. I Promise you won't be disappointed. Now that I have said that, I would like to speak to the 'From The Critics' Barnes & Noble Guide to New Fiction. Because I also read the review they wrote about this book, and I have a few words for whom ever this 'Critic' is. You have obviously either been on your job long pass the time you should have, or you have no talent for true criticism of the written word. You have no credibility if you feel this book is anything but inspirational. I suggest you go into politics. Rose M. Minter
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It kept my interest throughout. I would recommend it to anyone. It is a true love at its best and worst. It also brings forth the reality of AIDS and the denial that goes along with it. This is a very good book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was beautifully written carefully evoking emotions of pain and happiness. The book possesed a different story line than the typical black drama books while merging fantasy and reality of a dream relationship.Sandy is force to choose to either overcome her fears or let the love of her life, a perfect man, go. It quickly became one of my favorite books and I would recommend it to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just want to congratulate the author on such a beautiful, well written book. Very few book's have made me cry and feel the emotion's that i felt while reading the book and after i was done. I believe in true love, and even though i haven't found it , a story like this gives me hope. Please, anyone who is hesitating to buy the book, should put those doubts away and buy it, i promise you will not regret it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. The love that Sandy had for Adrian was beauitful.She truely showed the true meaning of unconditional love.I recommend this book to anyone loving for a try story about love. But have tissue ready cuase they are going to be needed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had read an excerpt from this book in Essence and months went by and I forgot the name of the book. I came across it in my book club flyer. You will not be disappointed for one minute. I was moved beyond words and you will be too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Boy, I just finished this and all I have to say this is one great book. When I started reading this, it was truly one that I could not put down.When you (as an author) can make your readers feel the characters like this book has all I can say is-you go girl.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I must say that I am a avid reader so I have read my share and a couple other peoples share of books.....But the day I was given Butterscotch Blues was the day I would set out on a truly unforgettable journey....Like I said earlier in this review I have read quite a bit but I had yet to read anything that would not only touch me but would also bring me to tears not once not twice,but four times having to stop each time to pull myself together.....So if you are a TRUE believer in in REAL LOVE and the TRIUMPS of the HUMAN SPIRIT then this is a must read!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was one of the best books I have ever read. The only book that made me cry. It was very well written so emotional I couldnt put it down. It is definitely a must read!! This was my first Margaret Johnson-Hodge book and I will for sure pick up the rest of her books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in two days. It was truly a page turner. It will make you laugh but most of all cry. If you need a good cry read this book. You will not be disappointed. The author did a great job.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so great. I mean there really isn't any words to describe it. But I cried at the end that was so sad. I wants me a man like Adrian and Maurice. They both were some good men.
Guest More than 1 year ago
SANDY IS TRULY STRONG BLACK WOMEN! THIS BOOK IS GOING TO MAKE YOU CRY,AND LAUGH. IT WILL MAKE YOU CHECK YOURSELF & DO SOME SOUL SEARCHING.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in 2 days.It was fantastic. All the characters in the book touched my heart in their own special way. They were all alive and a part of me, my friends. I love sistafriends books and this was one of the best~
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of my all time favorite novels. I have recommended this book to so many people. They all have loved it. It's easy to read. As you are reading you are thinking 'this could happen to me'. This book had me asking myself all kinds of questions. 'Could I do the same as she did?', 'Am I as strong as I think I am?', 'Could I truly love someone unconditionally?' 'Did I make foolish mistakes in the past that I may pay for in the future?', 'When/If I begin dating again will we both trust each other about whether we're telling the truth or not?' This book is a must read for everyone -- especially high school children (with parental consent). Could it help slow the number of young adults being infected with HIV? I don't know but it's worth a try!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After years of searching for the man whom she can spend the rest of her life with, Sandy Hutchinson finally meets Adrian. Adrian of the butterscotch skin and golden eyes. It's true love. But can true love survive a death-dealing shock to the system? Margaret Johnson-Hodge handles the subject of love in the New Millennium with a deft hand, and a poetic voice. How deep is your love? Deep enough to withstand the threat of death every time you try to express it? Deep enough to stand by your man when he no longer has that butterscotch skin you covet so much? Powerful!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I FOUND THE BOOK READABLE, HOWEVER I FELT THAT WITH SUCH A SUCH A GREAT STORYLINE THE BOOK COULD HAVE BEEN IMPROVED UPON. FOR EXAMPLE, THERE WERE TOO MANY CHARACTERS IN THE SPOTLIGHT. I PROBABLY WOULD HAVE ENJOYED THE BOOK MORE IF SANDY AND ADRIAN'S RELATIONSHIP WOULD HAVE REMAINED THE MAIN FOCUS. THE SISTER BOND WAS GOOD, HOWEVER I DIDN'T REALLY NEED TO KNOW AS MUCH AS I DID ABOUT THE SUPPORTING CHARACTERS AND THEIR DRAMAS, I WOULD HAVE PREFERRED AN IN DEPTH LOOK INTO THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SANDY AND ADRAIN, I DIDN'T FEEL AS THOUGH I REALLY UNDERSTOOD THE CHARACTERS AND THE WAY THEY FELT ABOUT EACHOTHER. DID SANDY LOVE ADRAIN JUST BECAUSE OF HIS SKIN COLOR? I ALSO THOUGHT THE ENDING SEEMED RUSHED, BUT OVERALL THE BOOK WAS PLEASANTLY ENJOYABLE.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am the kind of reader who loves to become immersed in a book; to let it take my life over for a few days and carry me to another world. When I first began reading Margaret Johnson Hodge I was so pleased to find a writer who wrote about the ordinary, everyday kind of black people I knew while growing up and still know today. They're not superstars. They watch TV, they care for their families and want love and understnding like every human being I've ever come across--black or white. And like most people I kow, they are always trying to find out who they re and what they think their purpose in this life on this Earth really means. In her latest book, Butterscotch Blues, she has gone out on a limb to place those everyday characters in a very scary, yet reality-based, situation. And she does it it in a way that was so real that I found myself wanting to get on the phone and call Sandy Hutchinson to give her a piece of my mind when she ran out on Adrian. Thought it moved a little slow in the beginning, I found myself trying to carve out time during my busy day in rder to open the book and resume the story because once it began to move forward, every part of my mind and body had become involved. I believe that this is Ms. Johnson-Hodge's best book--one that signals readers to be on the lookout for more from this author. She's not trying to be like other writers, she has found her voice and is running with it. If writer John Oliver Killens were alive today, he wuld surely put Margaret Johnson Hodge on his lis of 'long distance runners,' a term he used for writers who were not just a flash in the pan but those who intended to stay in the race for the long haul. If we're lucky, Margaret Johnson Hodge is just getting her first wind and has many, many more laps to complete. Brenda Connor-Bey Miller White Plains, NY