Babysister's got a secret: the tall, well-dressed, and gorgeous Darren Forrest Wilson. For week after glorious week, Babysister hides her love affair from everyone she knows: her doting father, who's spoiled her since she was a child; her resentful older brother Malcolm; her on-again, off-again boyfriend Rob; her gossiping co-workers at the bank; her spitfire friend Lisette, (a self-described "goddess of color" from New York); and especially her best friend Deborah, who just happens to be the woman Darren was dating before Babysister stole him away.
What starts out as lust, though, quickly turns into the real thing for Babysister, and her life feels complete--until Darren begins to have regrets about Deborah. Pure, church-going and beautiful, Deborah is clearly "the marrying kind," and soon the tables are turned. When wedding bells ring, Deborah's the blushing bride and Babysister's out in the cold--until, of course, Darren returns, begging forgiveness. With the love of her life on her doorstep, Babysister is torn between the two halves of her broken heart--the one that desperately wants him back, and the one that's just beginning to wise up.
A love story with an attitude, Please Please Please is as bold, sexy, and hilarious as Babysister herself. Her impudence, her humor, and finally, her wisdom, give a fresh new voice to the value of honesty, friendship, family, and love.
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It takes about 15 lines of Renee Swindle's comic first novel for the reader to realize that this is something special. Maybe it's the voice of Babysister, the main character, a bright young African American woman of almost unbelievable selfishness, who sets her sights on her best friend's new man, Darren. Or maybe it's the sharply observed details, or the ricocheting plot line, or the intelligence underlying Swindle's lively and versatile prose. Or maybe it's because, in a field of books described by their publishers as "hilarious," Please Please Please actually is. Some of the best moments arise when Babysister, a spoiled brat with the ethics of a 10-year-old, tries to locate her stunted sense of right and wrong:
I didn't start feeling guilty until after we made love and Rob held me from behind. There was something about the way he was trying to get me to play itsy-bitsy spider with him that made me feel awful. He was acting so sweet, yet the whole time we were making love I couldn't stop thinking about Darren. I had no business having sex with Rob, I thought. And later, as he fed me lumpy spoonfuls of oatmeal with his dopey love-struck smile and little bitty head, I swore to myself--swore--romantic side or no romantic side, I would not have sex with him ever again. Period. A handjob is one thing, but it was simply not my style to sleep with two men.Babysister's kind, indulgent father and weakling brother are equally well drawn, as is her poor friend Deborah, who has a Bible verse for every occasion except for when her best friend steals her fine-looking boyfriend. Not the wedding invitation, not even the wedding ring, can turn Babysister away from what she wants. This is a naughty and refreshing page-turner from a wonderful new writer. --Regina Marler From the Back Cover:
"Move over, Bridget Jones. Watch your back, Terry McMillan. Babysister has got your number, and she won't be satisfied till she's broken every heart in town."
--Mark Childress, author of Crazy in Alabama
"Whew!!! 'Please Please Please' give me more! A huge applause and thank you to Renée Swindle for a fun juicy ride with Babysister."
--Rita Ewing, co-author of Homecourt Advantage
"This novel reads like a good piece of gossip, intense and dramatic....Highly entertaining."
--Black Issues Book Review
"A lusty tale...Swindle is funny, perceptive...she makes Terry McMillan look tame."
"A revealing story about friendship, family and love."
"Renée Swindle's first novel succeeds wonderfully."
--Jervey Tervalon, author of Understand This
"Don't miss this funny debut novel by a daring new writer."
--Beyond the Cover
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