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Publisher's Summary

“It’s a good thing that this is only the first book of a trilogy, because after getting to know Tabitha, you won’t want to leave her at the end.... Written intimately as if you’re peering into the mind of a close friend, this book is a true testament to the stresses on women today and how great girlfriends (and grandmothers) are often the key to our sanity.” (Good Morning America)

The first novel in a captivating three-book series about modern womanhood, in which a young Black woman must rely on courage, laughter, and love - and the support of her two longtime friends - to overcome an unexpected setback that threatens the most precious thing she’s ever wanted.

Tabitha Walker is a black woman with a plan to “have it all”. At 33 years old, the checklist for the life of her dreams is well underway. Education? Check. Good job? Check. Down payment for a nice house? Check. Dating marriage material? Check, check, and check. With a coveted position as a local news reporter, a "paper-perfect" boyfriend, and even a standing Saturday morning appointment with a reliable hairstylist, everything seems to be falling into place.

Then Tabby receives an unexpected diagnosis that brings her picture-perfect life crashing down, jeopardizing the keystone she took for granted: having children. With her dreams at risk of falling through the cracks of her checklist, suddenly she is faced with an impossible choice between her career, her dream home, and a family of her own.

 With the help of her best friends, the irreverent and headstrong Laila and Alexis, the mom jeans-wearing former "Sexy Lexi", and the generational wisdom of her grandmother and the nonagenarian firebrand Ms. Gretchen, Tabby explores the reaches of modern medicine and tests the limits of her relationships, hoping to salvage the future she always dreamed of. But the fight is all consuming, demanding a steep price that forces an honest reckoning for nearly everyone in her life. As Tabby soon learns, her grandmother's age-old adage just might still be true: Black girls must die exhausted.

©2021 Jayne Allen (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Not What I Expected

I expected a story about a Black woman/women who go above and beyond to excel in all that they do for their family and for themselves. The book was presented in this manner but instead there was very little narrative as to these myriad struggles. Not to mention, the story could not firmly set itself on a subject which was disappointing. I also felt as if the central character had a hidden desire to be white. How she goes on about the physical characteristics of her grandmother and step-sisters was exhausting and a bit offensive considering she's Black (confusing but if you read the book, you'll understand). Ironically, the title fit my thoughts as I listened. Black Girls/Women must be exhausted by stories like this, that simplify our struggles within ourselves, in our relationships, our health, our desires and frankly with white women and the Black men that love them or desire to be in proximity to them. This story could have really been an eyeopener for all reading/listening to it. Instead, I felt it took real issues in the Black community, and as women, and made them basic. I encourage the author to really develop her storyline, focus on expanding the characters and delve more into race and relationships if she tries this topic again. If she does, it would truly be a novel worth reading.

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Life’s Journey

This book revealed a story of a multi-racial young lady that identified herself as being “black,” because of her skin color. The author wrote about every day struggles of being a young black female living in a society that oftentimes discredits one for being as such. This story can truly be appreciated amongst the career, mommy, wife seeking black woman.

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I can't

I can't. the voice actor. smh
storyline wasn't strong enough and not at all really what I was expecting.

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Relatable

The title instantly grabbed my attention because at times that's good we feel. The main character and friends are relatable and probably people I would have befriended in younger years.

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Great read!

Initially, I wasn't liking this story, almost stopped listening. I am so glad I continued. It turned out to be an outstanding story with great characters and a completely believable storyline. It has intrigue, family issues (good and bad), work issues, friendship issues, et. al. I've already pre-ordered the next book in the series.

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Brilliant!!!

First review for a book so brilliantly written that every emotion was felt and situations were relatable and perfectly conveyed. I definitely recommend.

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Boutiques of flowers!

As a man I’m glad I listened to this book so that I could hear the story in a woman’s voice instead of my idea of a woman’s voice, maybe an ex, sister, or other woman relative. As a black man it was so relatable and still distant.

It was extremely powerful. I don’t know for sure how many times…”I got something in my eyes”.

Black excellence!

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Must Read!!

The author and narrator truly captured the plight of the black woman! I related to the main characters on so many levels and it feels so amazing to be seen and heard. I cannot wait until the sequel! Thank you for this book, it is definitely needed!

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Epic!

This is an epic feminine novel to bond with the females in your tribe over because listening to the audible version and discussing it with my sister felt like we was actually involved with a friends life.

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Captivating & Relatable

I really enjoyed listening to “Black Girls Must Die Exhausted” narrated by Marcella Cox. Ms. Cox made the story come to life. I felt like I was a part of the story and could relate to some of the life experiences Jayne Allen shared through Tabitha’s story. I am looking forward to reading the sequel.