First, I would like to thank The Hungry Monster Review for their feature on Rude Boy USA. I think it is pretty awesome to be honest. (Click on the link to see it.)
Three star reviews are actually okay with me. I will be honest and say that a few people have given me three stars. (It could always be worse) The interesting part is that it is for the same reason. There has been discussions about some of Rude Boy USA’s content, especially the depiction of the women in book 1 (Rude Boy USA.)
I will keep it honest with you, when I started writing, I knew that the story was going to rub some people the wrong way because it is brutally honest. I had a choice to soften it up so it could be appealing to more people but I decided against it. That is also part of the reason why I published this under my own imprint. I was not okay with changing some details. Either audiences will accept it or not. I was willing to take that chance.
I did not sugarcoat anything and tried my best to stay accurate to the time period depicted in the story which starts in 1969. In the 1970’s we had great shows like All in the Family with Archie Bunker and the Jeffersons with George Jefferson. Those shows took issues about race head on.
Take a look:
“I’m used to having it the other way around.” – Archie Bunker
The whole point of the Rude Boy USA Series is to have it the other way around.
Some people take issue with the relationships between the women in the story and it is highlighted more because they are different races. Well, that is what I call the “Elephant in the room” scenario. It is nearly impossible to have a story based in 1969 without race being a part of it. It gets more complicated when the issues are between two women who are involved with the same man. When things get heated, between the two women, race ends up playing a part in the scenario. As much progress that we have had in the past 50 years it was not always as open as it is now and the point is to read the story with the time period in mind, not 2016 in mind. In the grand scheme of things , the real story is about the circumstances that two women are in, their race just adds to the equation.
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