July 29, 2003 in Books

Acting Out: A Novel

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Earlier tonight, I finished reading Acting Out, a novel written by Benilde Little. It’s about a BAP (Black American Princess) whose husband leaves her for another woman after 3 kids and 12 years of marriage. According to him, she lost herself in the marriage. She was no longer the woman he married. Whatever! After the initial shock and grief, she manages to pull herself together and rekindles her passion for photography as a way to help provide for her family. Oh yeah, she even looks up her old boyfriend from college and wonders about what could have been. While Acting Out is a quick read (I read most of it last night), I wouldn’t particularly recommend it to anyone as while Little proved she is a awesome writer with her debut novel Good Hair, this novel was a little flat and at times extremely boring. So disappointed was I in the book, that I was even thinking about taking it back to Borders; but then it’s a first edition signed by the author, so maybe I’ll hold on and just add to my book collection.


  1. August 3, 2003 at 12:24 am


    After I finished, I read some of the individual reviews at Amazon.com and most felt the same about the book. It’s definitely not her best work.

  2. July 30, 2003 at 5:39 am


    You keen at all on reading book reviews after you’ve read the book? I wonder if other writers are picking up on the things that rubbed you the wrong way.

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