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Cecilia Richards is single, saved and sassy as her nickname implies. She is also an unapologetic know-it-all. Sassy has no problem pointing out the imperfections in others' lives, including her best friend, Amber, who is involved in an illicit relationship with a married man, and her neighbor, Jayna, who has a deep, dark secret from her past. Sassy's pristine world begins to crumble when her man, Darnell, finds fame and fortune more alluring, she falls out with both of her girlfriends, and her career as a top marketing executive is compromised. Can "Miss Perfect" get it together before she loses it all?

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ISBN-13: 9781435708679
Publication date: 01/25/2008
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.37(d)

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Sassy 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
(Official Apex Reviews Rating: 3.5 Stars) Nobody¿s perfect...right? Sassy knows she¿s not - at least, she says she¿s not however, her friends seem to think otherwise. After all, she always seems to have an opinion on what they do with their lives. As someone who is very close to God, she tries to do her best to live as He would want her to and tries to help her friends live the same way. However, not everyone wants to listen to her message, and she soon learns that how she delivers her message is just as important as the message itself. Sassy is a successful marketing executive living in Chicago, who is cultivating a deeper, more meaningful relationship with a friend she has had for several years. Darnell is an up-and-coming R&B star who is just beginning his rise to fame however, he¿s led down a path that draws him further and further from Sassy (and God, for that matter) and puts their relationship in jeopardy. He very nearly succumbs to temptation in the form of a very beautiful and successful model, and Darnell¿s manager wants him to do anything it takes to make his name. A lot of money is at stake, as are Darnell¿s heart and soul. Sassy does what she can to keep him on the right path and help him mend his relationship with his father, but it¿s difficult when he travels so far away for his work. Meanwhile, Sassy is trying to help her friends, David and Jayna, through their marriage difficulties, which are further complicated when Jayna becomes pregnant (much to her dismay). Another friend, Amber, has made many choices in her life that Sassy has not approved of, the most recent of which has been to date a married man. At work, Sassy must choose between two less-than-ideal candidates to add to her very successful marketing team. It¿s a lot to juggle, but Sassy has God on her side to lead the way. If she can just keep her friends from turning their backs on her and her judgmental ways and convince Darnell to put as much into their relationship as she tries to, things could be perfect. In Sassy, Ms. Howard delivers a simple, yet profound message: if you just put your life into the hands of God, He will guide you. There is another important lesson to be learned here, though, which is that Christians must be careful how they try to teach this message so as not to alienate the recipient. Despite this theme, which runs throughout the book, Sassy is an entertaining read and not overbearingly preachy. Ms. Howard injects humor into her story, with delightful interactions that make her characters real and fun to read about. They are people you can imagine knowing, perhaps at work or living upstairs in your apartment building. They all have their own problems and travel their own journeys, learning important lessons along the way. The main drawback to Sassy is that it needs professional editing and formatting, and it could be further developed to enrich the stories and characters, but the writing is quite readable and enjoyable in its current edition. Jennifer Walker Apex Reviews
Guest More than 1 year ago
Valerie A. Howard details the experiences of Cecilia (Sassy) Richards and her friends, work and love life. Sassy, a Christian, finds it easy to look down on others. It's not long before her judgment compromises not only her friendships, but her relationship and possibly her career. Is Ms. Sassy in need of a spiritual checking? While `Sassy' is only 150 pages, I found myself struggling to read it. In my opinion, the author doesn't add enough elements to the book. It's like before you get engaged in the consequences, it's already resolved. I did appreciate the author showing each characters growth and how everyone stood up to their accountability. Good clean read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sassy's understated cover conceals an inspirational story of a woman and relationships guided by faith. This book explores love, forgiveness, trust and integrity. Laced with a few twists and turns that prove to be entertaining and thought provoking, Sassy is a different kind of tale perfect for the 21st century.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Valerie A. Howard's contribution is a surprisingly good piece of work. The characters are realistic and reading about them is like looking into the world of people we know. Each character is different and distinct. There were moments of shock, joy, humor, sadness and digust. Ms. Howard takes us on an emotional roller coaster that you'll love to be on. My favorite character was the supermodel, Enchantra. What a hot mess!! I definitely recommend this novel. Very good for first time out.