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Who Am I Without Him? Short Stories About Girls and the Boys in Their Lives

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Who Am I Without Him? Short Stories About Girls and the Boys in Their Lives

At first, readers will enter the first few stories of this collection mad at the characters. Why did she put up with him? No, she didn't just do that! Soon it becomes clear that this is the point. Everyone makes mistakes in the dating game and must find the self-confidence and respect for themselves to become involved in the right relationship. WHO AM I WITHOUT HIM? offers a virtual look at relationships from many points of view, including a father, a boy with a roving eye, and many interesting girls.

Sharon G. Flake is a rising author with awards and talent for creating flawed but memorable and realistic characters, as well as surprising stories. In "Wanted: A Thug" a girl writes in to an advice column because she has the hots for her best friend's man, a thug, even though she has a nice boyfriend. A letter that is both humorous and threatening comes back from someone who actually knows her and the situation, and reminds her that friendship is more important than a passing crush.

"Mookie in Love" is the story of a girl who sees her cousin fall in love with a nice girl, but her mother and aunts try to split them up. And "Jacob's Rules" follows a class through a pretend relationship assignment as they try to find out if all boys are really dogs.

One of the strongest stories in this collection is the last, a letter from an absentee father to his beautiful fifteen-year-old daughter. He tells her that she has to stand up for herself and advises her on how to do it. He writes that finding a passion and work that she loves are too important to become distracted with bad relationships.

All girls should read this book! The characters are African-American but the situations are universal.

Reviewed by Amy Alessio on April 26, 2004

Who Am I Without Him? Short Stories About Girls and the Boys in Their Lives
by Sharon Flake

  • Publication Date: December 4, 2018
  • Genres: Fiction, Short Stories
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Jump at the Sun
  • ISBN-10: 1368019447
  • ISBN-13: 9781368019446