• Black Girls Must Be Magic

  • A Novel
  • By: Jayne Allen
  • Narrated by: Marcella Cox
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (297 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

“Masterfully written and pitch perfect, Black Girls Must Be Magic is, simply, magic.” - Good Morning America

In this highly anticipated second installment in the Black Girls Must Die Exhausted series, Tabitha Walker copes with more of life’s challenges and a happy surprise - a baby - with a little help and lots of love from friends old and new.

For Tabitha Walker, her grandmother’s old adage, “Black girls must die exhausted” is becoming all too true. Discovering she’s pregnant - after she was told she may not be able to have biological children - Tabitha throws herself headfirst into the world of “single mothers by choice.” Between her job, doctor’s appointments, and preparing for the baby, she’s worn out. And that’s before her boss at the local news station starts getting complaints from viewers about Tabitha’s natural hair.

When an unexpected turn of events draws Marc - her on and off-again ex-boyfriend - back into her world with surprising demands, and the situation at work begins to threaten her livelihood and her identity, Tabitha must make some tough decisions about her and her baby’s future. It takes a village to raise a child, and Tabitha turns to the women who have always been there for her.

Bolstered by the fierce support of Ms. Gretchen, her grandmother’s best friend, the counsel of her closest friends Laila and Alexis, and the calming presence of her doula Andouele, Tabitha must find a way to navigate motherhood on her own terms. Will she harness the bravery, strength, and self-love she’ll need to keep “the village” together, find her voice at work, and settle things with Marc before the baby arrives? 

©2022 Jayne Allen (P)2022 HarperAudio

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Wonderful story.

I loved that Tabitha is so relatable and is slowly evolving. The characters become your bffs. You smile when they smile, hurt when they hurt. My only gripe is the it was shorter than the first installment like it was rushed. However, cannot wait until part 3.

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Great Read!

Can't wait til the next one. The realness of the themes throughout this book are so refreshing to read.

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Fantastic listen!

Hard to put it down, and can’t wait to find out what’s next for these wonderful characters!

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Incredible book! I enjoyed every minute of it!!

Just get it and listen to it!!! You won't be disappointed, at all!! I basically listened to this book non stop and was sad when it was over!

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Very relatable

many sequels are not as good as the first book but in this case the sequel was even better. I totally enjoyed this book for it is very relatable and the Doula words had so much wisdom to them that I literally highlighted them.

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Disappointed

I was so disappointed.
The title made me feel like this would be something magical and it left me like, hmmm, that’s it. Of all the things Black women can accomplish, having a baby is the magic? I understand that the thought was the decision of independence but the twist is what made it just another story like any other.

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great sequal

Very easy to listen too. A very real story true to life for a black woman.

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Worth the wait

After reading BGMDE, I immediately pre-ordered this book. It was absolutely worth the wait. I absolutely love this narrator and will be looking for more books that she brings to life. And needless to say, Jayne Allen has a lifelong fan in me.

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Disappointing

I loved Black Girls Must Die Exhausted. So when I heard the sequel was debuting in February 2022 I couldn’t wait. The story was disappointing since it felt rushed and incomplete. It’s almost as of the goal was just to put out another book for the sake of it instead of letting Tabby’s story real shine. Important topics were mentioned in the book but the authors failed to give life to the topics.

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Just As Amazing As the First!

I was just as captivated by Black Girls Must Be Magic as I was BGME. This story dug even deeper into the intricacies of the struggle of the black woman when it comes to friends, family and work. Once again, I hit on another level with this one. Jayne Allen has honestly and truly outdone herself with this series! Marcella Cox is a new narrator to me but was effortless in her performance.