Tonight I had a moment of insomnia, where I really probably could have went back to sleep, but the knot in my stomach from eating something I shouldn’t have was telling me otherwise. So, I took the liberty of starting Shaken and Stirred.

OMG! I only read the first 3 chapters which included 2 of Ms. Cullen’s (the main character’s) journal entries and I can ALREADY see that see is definitely shaken! Although I know this to be all too common in this day and age—the down-low brotha phenomena never ceases to amaze me.

So I have never written more than an academic literature review or a brief summaries of non-fiction that I’ve read, therefore I can ALREADY tell that it will take a little time and skill to reflect on the story for this medium verse a tell-all “girl could you believe it when” that our book club will have once everyone has completed the book. OOHHHH-WEEEEE!!! I can’t wait and do I need to remind you that I only read the first 3 chapters? If you hadn’t decided from the last post, consider joining me in this reading now—you can purchase the book HERE!
Aside from the drama that has unfolded in the first few pages, I find it interesting to read a novel that was written by and about someone from my “neck of the woods” – Indianapolis. I often say that the people of Indianapolis {especially the black people] are uniquely Indianapolis. Many are so unlike people from other parts of the country –the slightly country style and linguistics—the consumption of religion—seemingly low cultural & entertainment standards and often lack-luster ambition , at best. I know this sounds not-so-nice, but lets keep it all-the-way-real – those from Indianapolis that have gone other places or even met people from other parts of the country know EXACTLY what I am talking about. This doesn’t mean that I don’t like or am ashamed of my city – on the contrary – I am the first to state its benefits and its potential with others what is means is that I know my community here can do better. My main desire is for the black folks here to wake up—try something –start something—explore something—ANYTHING!!!! So more than anything right now, I am proud of Crystal Black Davis for pursuing her dreams and putting a Nap story on the map.
What I am left wondering about is less about the geographical reference and more about the writer’s style. I am wondering if the phrasing and clichés she uses are unique to our city/state. Obviously statements like “drop it like it’s hot” are somewhat universal [or national really?] But what about phrasing and statements like:
• “on the romance front”
• “extremely Mary Poppin’ish” (I use the –ish thing WAY to often for an educated professional!)?
Does everyone use that same phrasing—or is it Midwest? *hmmmm??*
Last thought on this small fragment of the book, I find it so fun to read about my current “culture”. Things that I KNOW are shared by many in my age-range no matter where you live. It is nice to read about a character that likes the same music you like, drinks the same wine you drink , (current wine preference being Moscato-thanks color vision) and has SIMILAR though still unique world views and cultural interests.
If you can’t tell by now- I can’t wait to get into the rest of this book!