Number of Pages: 266
Publication Date: February 10, 2014
Rating: out of 5
OBC Rating: 1 out of 4 stars
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DeShaun Childrens is a player and does not like to be tied down to one woman. However, when he receives news that one of his latest flings is pregnant and says he’s the daddy, DeShaun is convinced she is playing a game.
He will stop at nothing to prove she’s wrong, but when the paternity test comes back even he cannot deny the results.
This was a book that I had a difficult time in enjoying. I understand this is meant to be a funny read and one that is not meant to be taken extremely seriously. However, I was unable to find much humor here.
Written in the first person point-of-view, the reader gets to know DeShaun’s every thoughts and nothing is really held back. This is where the trouble begins with my enjoyment. This young man has extreme sexist and degrading views of women. He views them as ‘hens’ and all they are good for is sexual intercourse. He generalizes all women and disrespects them left and right throughout the entire piece. Being a woman who is not like the ones that DeShaun interacts with, I am very offended.
Another aspect of DeShaun’s character that I found bothersome was his unwillingness to accept responsibility of the pregnancy of Tiffy. I understand that being so young, not many would like to accept that they will soon become a parent. However, he was openly admitting that Tiffy was playing a game and lying, but then admits they did go to bed together so the child could be his. This wouldn’t be a big deal if he wasn’t so openly hostile toward her and her family.
I could go on and on as to why I disliked DeShaun – his immaturity, lack of respect, he’s egotistical, and how degrading he is. However, I will stop there because my point is I did not like him one bit. I’ve mentioned before, if I don’t like at least one character in a read, then I have a tough time liking the book.
The book also contains so many inappropriate words that I became very frustrated. Even though, this book is written in Ebonics, I don’t see why it needed so much vulgar and demeaning words. I don’t claim to know much about Ebonics, but there were some inconsistencies within the language itself here, as well – ‘we was’ vs. ‘we were’; ‘and’ vs.’&’; ‘Imma’ vs. ‘I’m’ vs.’I’ma’. Though I wasn’t a fan in reading this dialect due to being a stickler of English grammar, I do feel that whatever language is used in a text, then it should be consistent. Unfortunately, it wasn’t here.
Overall, there wasn’t really anything I enjoyed about this read. The character was a deadbeat dad, but I thought it would have been because the mother of the child tricked him or maybe he would’ve changed, but no. This was not the case here. This was a pretty disappointing read with no true message.