Today I'm excited to share my review of Quanie Miller's sassy new novel It Ain't Easy Being Jazzy. Can I just say that a book with a good ol' fashioned love triangle (square?) gets me every time. If you enjoy a little drama, but don't want any in your own life, then Miller's book is for you, my friends!
It Ain't Easy Being Jazzy: A Summary
Jazzy secretly wants to get back together with her ex-boyfriend, Curtis, so when he calls and reveals that he’s got something important to tell her, she’s got no idea that he’s about to propose—to her first cousin and bitter rival, Mercedes.
The annual family dinner is coming up, and fearing that she will spend the evening seething while Mercedes flaunts her four carat engagement ring in her face, Jazzy asks Reggie, an Adonis she met at the mall, to accompany her. As fate would have it, not only did Reggie and Mercedes used to date; that backstabbing, leopard print wearing cow is still carrying a torch for him! Revenge. It’s never been so sweet.
But falling for Reggie? Holy crap! That wasn’t part of the plan! She’s got enough on her plate as it is; restaurant shootouts, a neurotic boss, a mother who spies on the neighbors, and a sister and best friend with man problems that could land them on Jerry Springer. Who has time to fall in love? So when Curtis comes sniffing around again—this time, with an accusation that sends her blood pressure shooting through the roof—the one good nerve that Jazzy’s got left has just about run its course.
I spent a week in New Orleans when I was a sophomore in college, exactly one year before Katrina, and it was one of the best places I've ever visited. The culture, the history...the food. And the author's Louisiana-bred background is clear in her writing. There are deep (and sometimes uncomfortable) familial bonds between her characters which make for authentically funny scenes and, overall, a lighthearted, enjoyable read.
What I love most about this book is the humor with which the protagonist approaches her situation. With so much happening between these characters, it would have been easy for Miller to turn this story into something a little more serious. But it's pure escapism in the best way. At times, it was hard to follow the action, what with the complexities of relationships being what they are, but it didn't take too much to push through those moments. Miller's voice is strong enough to get the job done.
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Thanks for reading! And a big thanks to Quanie for the fun read. Good luck on the rest of the tour!