choices

Choices

by Caramel Candy
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Reviewed by: The Pathfinder
May 2010


Choices, by Caramel Candy, tell the story of Carmen Johnson, a “good girl” with a young baby who enters college on a scholarship. By chance she crossed path with several exotic dancers who were employed at the Gold Mine, and her life would forever change. Encourage by the women’s dress, and the amount of money they claim to make, Caramel decided this was something she wanted to do. A close-knit group, Caramel and her girl’s struggle with the daily nuances of being an exotic dancer in spite of the money they made. The lifestyle they chose had them constantly looking over their shoulders. Dishonesty and deception soon became a part of Caramel’s life has she kept her “exotic dancer’s life” hidden from her best friend and mother until it was revealed after one of her admirers followed her home.

Caramel delved into her new life with a lot of fervor. She was living in the fast lane. She had new friends. She could have any man she wanted, and they showered her with affection. The need to be a part of something different took her on an adventure where robbery, deceit, lies, HIV, murder-suicide, and a number of secrets are revealed. Losing control and no longer able to deal with the many issues that confronted her. Caramel made a last ditch effort to straighten out her spiraling life by reuniting with her parents and the world she knew. With a heavy heart, and a new lease on life, Caramel enters the church where she found some peace.

Unfortunately, for me I couldn’t understand why it took me several pages before I found out Caramel’s birth name. I found this advice by Caramel’s grandmother rather humorous. “My grandmother always told me; as long as I got the most valuable thing in the world between my legs I should never be broke.” What was that all about? What kind of advice is that? Yet knowing this Caramel was broke early on in her life, and said she gave it “up regularly”.

What did you like best about this book?
The transition that Caramel made after realizing where her life was heading proves that people can make choices for better or worst. I also loved the fact that the book was only 132 pages.

What did you dislike about this book?
The storyline could have been better developed. The characters were rather bland, and they behaved as if living on the edge was something good. There were moments where I was lost.

How can the author improve this book?
An editor would be a great asset. The typesetting and formatting needs work.


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Trina Crenshaw :
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I read this review before, and I took it in as constructive criticism and used it to make me a better more insightful writer. As I finished Choices 2, I thought back to this reviewer, and how he/she zeroed in on something I put in the book as a clue to one of the reasons why Carmen chose the path that she did.
“My grandmother always told me; as long as I got the most valuable thing in the world between my legs I should never be broke.” What was that all about? What kind of advice is that?
One of my discussion questions addressed the fact that Carmen had a seemingly stable, two-parent household, and she grew up in the church, but she still strayed far away from her roots. The tidbit that the interviewer noticed actually shows the mindsets and influences that she'd been exposed to and the catalyst for her choices, and it shows that she didn't stray too far after all. Her grandmother's negative influence affected her and her actions. If her grandmother would've given her better advice, then she may have made a better choice. As parents, educators, public figures, and adults in society, we have a responsibility to instill positive, constructive ideas in the minds of our young people. We have to be mindful that something we've said or done may influence a young person to a positive future or a negative one. Thank you, The Pathfinder, for reading and reviewing my book. Your review has helped me to grow. When Choices 2 goes to print I encourage you to review that one as well.
Trina Crenshaw, author of Choices 1& 2
 




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