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Publisher's Summary

"Both timely and enjoyable."—Kirkus Reviews

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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Listening to this was… exhausting.

If you want to listen to book that takes you through anxiety, frustration and tons of jumbled words that are border-line hysterical… this is for you. I couldn’t even get past the second chapter. The character was not relatable at all, and it seems like the author tried to cram every BLM struggle into one chapter. We do get it…. Being black in America can be exhausting. But I thought this book was going to show more depth and a lighter, real world aspect instead of just repeating every stereotype and hashtag that exists about being a black woman.

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Love this book

It was refreshing to read book that related to the exhaustion of black women . I couldn’t put this book down . ❤️❤️ can’t wait to read more books by the author.

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I felt ALL OF THIS

The writer is excellent. She spoke to the many women who feel unheard. She didn’t make this a single issue. Her writing was fair and multi-dimensional.

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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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The plot is trite and rushed. My friend stopped after 30 pages. Not worth a credit.

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Kinda Fun But Needed More

I read the description hoping for an in depth story of infertility for Black women and their experience in medicine — but ended up with a tale of a mixed girl navigating shaky relationships and the social reminders of her Blackness. More introspection for Tabitha’s character and her surroundings could’ve made this story pretty interesting imo. I’ll be listening to the sequel for Marcella Cox <3 — signed, a Black woman btdubbs

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A Must Read

As a young black woman, balancing work, family and personal life, it is exhausting. It’s refreshing to see representation and even if it is fiction, it gave me some hope that everything will be okay. Loved it!