Tuesday, June 29, 2010

32 Candles by Ernesa T. Carter

Description: John Hughes's "Sixteen Candles" grows up in this wry and satisfying romantic tale in which an ugly ducking becomes the swan she always dreamed of and gets the prince--but will she be able to keep him?
What I Can Tell You:
32 Candles is Ernessa Carter's first novel. You will get a chuckle out of the lead character Davie Jones. If you are a child of the 80's and 90's you will love all the references especially to the movie 16 Candles starring Molly Ringwood.

Davie Jones, isn't white or a red head, she is black with a fro whose nickname is "Monkey Night" night on account that she is so dark and her mother and classmates think she is ugly. Poor Davie is just a regular girl who doesn't speak. Not that she can't, she just chooses not to. After her mother caught her when she was 5 years old wearing her heels and pretending to be Tina Turner complete with long towel hair and a towel dress. Cora, (the town trollop) beat her and that is when Davidia decided to stop singing and talking.

Living in her fantasy "Molly Ringwald" world served Davie just fine. She falls in love with a handsome football player named James Farrell but a school prank set by James' mean, jealous sister, goes to far and Davie hits the road. Luckily she meets good people and reinvents herself becoming a beautiful and successful lounge singer. James shows up again and doesn't recognize Davidia. Will she get the guy in the end? Will she get her Jake Ryan Porsche moment like Molly does in 16 Candles? You will just have to read to find out!

This is a great book club book. Davidia is far from perfect and she is a character you will fall in love with! Great debut novel for this talented writer.


  1. Great review!

    I'll have to watch for this one, I know I would enjoy it!

  2. It was good. I just loaned my copy to Clary. Not sure if she is going to read it but it was one I just had to pass along.


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