Better Than I Know Myself

Better Than I Know Myself

Book - 2004
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The beloved #1 "Essence" bestselling authors of "Tryin' to Sleep in the Bed You Made" now deliver a novel in which you'll meet their most unforgettable characters yet. Carmen, Jewel, and Regina could not be more different. When they meet as freshmen at Columbia University, they're pretty confident that a friendship among them isn't in the cards.
Jewel is Hollywood royalty: as the teenage star of the TV show "Daddy's Girl," her face is instantly recognizable all across America. Now, though, she wants two things-to get a serious education, and to leave her controlling stage mother behind. Regina is the definitive upper-middle-class African-American girl. Her picture-perfect parents are what she calls "black Ward and June Cleavers" and their goals for her are like a stranglehold. No one can see, though, how far Regina's rebellious side will take her (or how treacherous it will become). Carmen is just trying to get by. A child of the projects whose father is dead and whose mother has vanished, Carmen has been raised by her abusive brother. Columbia is the way for her to get a better life-if she can hold down two jobs and keep her GPA up.
When the three of them meet, their lives are at a crossroad. And as the years progress, from the 1980s to the present day, they are challenged by drug addiction, fame, secrets from the past, sickness, betrayal, and the darkest things women can face. One of them won't survive. But what will be the lasting legacy of their friendship? "Better Than I Know Myself" is a novel of heartache, triumph, tears, and the unshakeable bonds among women.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2004
ISBN: 9780312273095
0312273096
Characteristics: 372 p
Additional Contributors: Grant, Donna 1956-

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toniq910 Sep 08, 2014

I enjoyed this book very much and the bond that these three women had. I was disappointed at the end of the story but at the same time I cried. Overall an excellent read.

nkontrol May 13, 2013

The book was okay. The love scenes were tasteful. A powerful story about friends sticking by each other through thick and thin. Through good times and bad.

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joann1949 Sep 30, 2015

Forging an unlikely bond after meeting during their first year at Columbia, a Hollywood child star, a disgruntled upper-middle-class daughter, and an inner-city escapee endure betrayal, illness, secrets, and the pressures of class and fame.

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