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Getting to the Good Part
by Lolita Files

Getting to the Good Part
  • Cost: $13.95
  • Length: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books, 2000

Reviewed by Jessica Olson

In Lolita Files' second novel, Getting to the Good Part, the continuing sagas of Misty Fine and Reesy Snowden are played out except unlike from the point of view from Misty Fine in Files debut novel, Scenes from a Sistah, Getting to the Good Part is told from the view of outspoken Reesy Snowden. Told from the setting of New York City, Reesy Snowden goes through tumultuous pitfalls and escapades to finally face what it is she really wants out of life, one of them being if Misty and her are to or should remain "sistahs forever. "

Getting to the Good Part was an easy read and had storylines that all women could relate to. One of the major storylines in the book is Reesy coming to grips that Misty has found "Mr. Right. " Like most of the problems Reesy is confronted with, she acts juvenile and selfish:

She had her nerve, especially for calling me mean. She had no idea that what she was doing was making me just crumble on the inside. Here she was, just a few months into dating this guy, and she was ready to walk out on our friendship. Just raise up, take all her stuff out the crib, and go shack with him. Leaving a sistah ass out. I had no sympathy for her. For that, she got no love from me.

Meanwhile, more piles on for Reesy as she lands a starring role in an off Broadway play in conjunction with laying out a revenge plan for the "fiiiiiiiiine mofo" Dandre. Reesy handles these problems in much the same infantile way as she does with her "true sistah" Misty. But one can also show respect towards Reesy because she is a woman enough to admit her shortcomings: "When I've decided that I've been wronged, I come to all sorts of conclusions and drastic decisions. Be they wrong or right, I come to them anyway. And I indulge the hell out of them. "

Once you get used to the predominantly "slang" dialect, you can really laugh along with this book. The dialect allows the reader to be enveloped in the world of two black females making their way through life. Sexy, quick witted and stimulating, Getting to the Good Part has more good than bad parts. A little apprehensive at first because of the "in your face" character Reesy Snowden, I was able to change from "not so sure about this book" to admiring (not to mention laughing) with the strong, dominating character. Although it seemed as if Reesy was cold hearted and in it for herself, she comes out better in the end. For a good laugh and to be able to experience the trials and tribulations of two "sistahs," Getting to the Good Part is the book of choice.