fast lane by shakeera frazer

Fast Lane

by Shakeera Frazer

Reviewed by Nicole Simmons and Michelle Bishop
January 2011

Synopsis:

A story of four New York City women who are all held together by a common bond, friendship? They each have their own secrets but who can they trust? Follow these women on a journey in the Fast lane that spins out of control.



Reviewed by: Michelle Bishop

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Fast Lane by Shakeera Frazer contains everything the stereotypical urban novel should: child sexual abuse, drug addiction, drug dealing, lots of sex, and the requisite sexually transmitted diseases. And naturally, the entire story takes place while the women wear stilettos, designer clothes, and flawless makeup.

Trish Grand grew up in the 'hood with a drug addicted mother who let her boyfriends have sex with her. Crystal Dawson was daddy's little princess until he leaves her mom forcing them to move in with her jealous and abusive maternal relatives in the projects. Trish and Crystal meet in high school and become friends despite their different backgrounds. Trish and Crystal meet Paulette Jackson and Nina Franklin when they were all in college which is a vague point that seems to have occurred outside the story.

There's no need to spend a lot of time discussing the plot. It's been done before… over and over again. Girls climb out of the ghetto to live the good life but their pasts come back to haunt them; meanwhile someone gets the venereal disease of the moment while another character goes crazy and either: a.) attacks her friends or b.) commits suicide. Despite the fact that we've read this novel before under different titles and with variations on the themes, we keep turning the page hoping for a better outcome this time. We want the party girl who gets the disease to find true love and the diagnosis to be a false positive. We want the closet psychopath/junkie to get some help before she hurts herself or others. We want the girls with the shady past to get away with all they've done after all they've suffered.

Nevertheless, Frazer gives us an entertaining airplane novel. Enjoy the ride vicariously through these unfortunate, recycled characters and leave the book on the seat when you deplane so someone else can enjoy it as well.

What did you like best about this book?
It is a very light read that can be finished quickly.

What did you dislike about this book?
The novel is poorly edited and tells a recycled story.

How can the author improve this book?
Frazer should open her creative reservoir and start creating stories and characters with more depth and variety. She also must pay much more attention to editing. There's nothing wrong with having trouble with certain grammatical elements; just recognize the weakness and get people who are stronger in those areas to review and edit.


Reviewed by: Nicole Simmons

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Fast Lane is an intriguing tale of four girls whose lives are connected by their friendship. I feel as though I should start off this review by apologizing to the author for the low stars. I will explain why… Upon first opening this book to glance through it, I was immediately put off. It was obvious to me that it had not been typeset or edited. I sat the book down, dreading having to read it. Finally, after two days of it sitting on my night stand, I began to read.

I examined the cover, which I thought was very nice. I read the back and became slightly intrigued. I could not have been more pleasantly surprised when I actually began to read the story. I absolutely loved it. I almost didn’t care about the errors; I was so absorbed in the story line. I actually stayed up until four o’clock in the morning and read the entire book in one sitting. Ms. Frazer does an excellent job of detailing the story and making you feel as if you are right there with the girls. I don’t like reviews that give so much of the story away, you know what is going to happen, so I am just going to tell you that if you are looking for a book that makes you feel as if you are actually watching the story as opposed to reading it; this is your book.

Ms. Frazer details the lives of Trish, Crystal, Paulette and Nina, which includes issues with crack addiction, incest, rape and gold-digging, there is no pause in the drama and issues these ladies experience. It is a story that has probably been told before, but not the way Ms. Frazer fabulously relays it.

Her writing captivates you and leaves you feeling each of these girls and their personal issue on an intimate level. If this book had been professionally typeset and edited, I think it could have easily received five star status. Since this is Ms. Frazer’s debut novel, I am sure she will get the necessary feedback to make her next novel a screaming success and look forward to reading more of her work.

What did you like best about this book?
I loved the way the author made you feel as if you personally knew each of the girls and made you feel the characters feelings while reading.

What did you dislike about this book?
Obviously, I disliked the fact that the book had not been edited or typeset.

How can the author improve this book?
If the author has this book professionally edited and typeset and then re-releases, I have no doubt she would receive rave reviews. The storyline was terrific; I don’t think there is anything else necessary to improve it other than what has already been mentioned.


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