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Uptown Dreams : A Novel
Uptown Dreams A Novel
Author: Karen E. Quinones Miller
Twenty-five-year-old Brenda Carver is a writer and a welfare mother of four children; Rosa Rivera is an aspiring actress who will let nothing get in the way of her career; Sharif Goldsby is a political activist determined to change the world, starting with Harlem.
ISBN-13: 9780743260022
ISBN-10: 0743260023
Publication Date: 6/28/2005
Pages: 240
  • Currently 2.3/5 Stars.

2.3 stars, based on 4 ratings
Publisher: Simon Schuster
Book Type: Paperback
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Personally, I did not enjoy this book. The beginning of the book read like a kids' book to me, only with curse words in it. One of the main characters (possibly Miller herself?) always wanted to write a novel and this book felt like it was her dream's fruition, not something terribly captivating for a reader. A plot does develop about mid-book and then it did get interesting. But I just did not feel that it was well-written. Lots of editing overlooks (type-o's, grammatical errors) and inconsistencies --for example: a character uses some simple Spanish slang then her lifelong friend asks what she's said. People who have been around each other that long would know expressions used by each other. Miller was obviously explaining for the reader's benefit, but it didn't fit with the context of the friends' relationship. But, to say something positive, the book did bring to light the kind of neighborly community among the residents of the Ira B building, a government-assisted living tower in Harlem. Coming together, protecting each other, and doing their best to succeed in the real life around them.