Lookin' for LUV
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by Carl Weber
Format: Paperback, 352pp.
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
Pub. Date: September 2000
- Thumper, AALBC.com
I gotta be honest with y'all, I wasn't expecting too much from this book when I picked it up. I wanted to read it because the author Carl Weber sometimes drop by the site and a couple of our CWMYB on-line meetings. Lately, I've been in the mood to sink my teeth into a hard literature book and was debating whether I should go for one of my Faulkner novels that I have but haven't read yet, James Baldwin's Tell Me, How Long Has The Train's Been Gone or Sons Of Darkness, Sons of Light by John A. Williams (yeah, I bought three or four of the Williams books myself, putting much emphasis on the word "bought" *LOL*). I wasn't tryin' to feel a contemporary novel, but I asked for it. I've developed a rule over the years that if I'm not in the mood to read a particular book, I don't read it. My opinions tends to get very nasty, reminds me too much of my childhood when I was told to do things that I wasn't in the mood to do, I guess. I wasn't feeling Lookin' For Luv, but I said that I would and go back to the heavy stuff as soon as I was done with it. It wasn't long after I started Lookin' For Luv before I was knee deep in it, and sinking farther as the time passed. Lookin' For Luv is humurous, highly entertaining, and tighter than a snare drum! I LOVED IT!! I couldn't put it down! Its one of those books that if you're interrupted while reading it, you'd get pissed immediately.
Here's a little bit of the story. Four black men call a 900 number date line to find available black women. Kevin, a young 23 year old black man, is in New York teaching phys ed after he blew his chance to get a NBA contract. Antoine, one of Kevin's best friend, is looking for a black woman that has the same interests that he does; poetry, literature, and not a head bobbing, neck snapping street sister. Tyrone, Kevin's other best friend, is a school security guard recovering drug addict, and would be artist. Tyrone just wants a sex partner. Maurice is a married man that charms women, but has secrets buried everywhere. Maurice is on the prowl for more victims. Lookin' For Luv tells how these four men lives becomes entangled when they all call 1-900-BLACK-LUV. The consequences are romantic, action-packed, and funny.
Lookin' For Luv is loaded with drama! The book captured and held my attention in a vise. The four male lead characters are not perfect and have their own flaws. I like that. The story moves at a fast clip. It's tight. I will dare say that it's the best contemporary novel written this year. This is how it's done. Lookin' For Luv is the contemporary novel that I look forward to reading on those rainy Saturdays when I don't have anything to do and nothing is on TV. I oooh-ed and awe-ed all through this book!
I highly recommend Lookin' For Luv. Check out, you won't be disappointed at all! I'm proud to say that the field has just gotten a little wider with the addition of Carl Weber. He's doing it the way I like it be done! I'm not playin' with y'all. If you love E. Lynn Harris, McMillan, etc, you might want to seriously give Weber a look