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Missed Opportunities [Paperback]

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Monica, a determined social climber, wants all the finer things in life. And she will stop at nothing to have it. Problem is, she doesn't care about the people she has to step on to get there.

Tamara follows her boyfriend of four years to live in a new city with the hopes he will soon propose marriage. Within a matter of months, Tamara is pregnant and to make matters worse; Barron is staying out all night.

Weighing close to three hundred pounds, no one imagined Darla would ever get married. To everyone on the outside, Robert is the total package: handsome, charming, and absolutely adores his wife. Darla is the total envy of her two single friends, but things are not always as they seem.

Brandy is an around the way girl, who is there for her family and friends no matter what. When Brandy spends one night in a hotel room with her boyfriend, she finds herself overindulging in alcohol, drugs, and sex.

Missed Opportunities illustrates how these true-to-life characters must face the consequences of their choices. LaTonya Y. Williams delivers yet another account of love, lies, and deceit all wrapped up in one powerful novel.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.1" Width: 5.1" Height: 1.1"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2007
Publisher   Urban Books
ISBN  1933967013  
ISBN13  9781933967011  

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1Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > General > Contemporary
2Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Short Stories > United States
3Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > United States > African American > General
4Books > Subjects > Mystery & Thrillers > Thrillers > Psychological & Suspense

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A decent read!!  Feb 5, 2008
This book was really good in my opinion,I hope she comes out with a sequel to this because the ending left me anticipating for more!!!
(RAW Rating: 4.5) - If it isn't love  Jul 29, 2007
MISSED OPPORTUNITIES is the story of four strangers connected by
their bad choices. Social climber Monica wants the finer things in
life and she doesn't care who she steps on to get it, including her
boyfriend. Tamara leaves her hometown with her long-time boyfriend
with hopes of a proposal. However, Tamara finds herself pregnant and
her man staying out all night. Tamara plots to keep her man and if
all else fails, revenge will suffice. Darla, a 300 pound beauty has
it all: a charming, handsome husband who adores her and a successful
career. Although her two friends envy her happiness, Darla's marriage
isn't as happy or committed as it seems. Struggling single mom Brandy
is always there for friends and family. But, a one-night stand with
an ex-boyfriend leads Brandy down an uncontrollable, downward spiral.
Are these women strong enough to get out of their individual ruts?

MISSED OPPORTUNITIES is an awesome, page-turner. You will share the
feelings of these women as they go through one crazy situation after
another. They will remind you of your sister, cousin, best friend and
even your co-worker. LaTonya Williams has penned a phenomenal novel
about the strength and perseverance of women. MISSED OPPORTUNITIES is
the perfect novel for a weekend of reading and I cannot wait for
Williams's next work of literary art.

Reviewed by Katrina
of The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
Drama  Jul 26, 2007
This book had so much drama in it that you could not help but to keep turning the pages. The only problem I had was the way the chapters were set up and at times it felt like certain parts that should have been included were left out. Other than that, the book was a good read and I look forward to reading more books by LaTonya.
Degrees of Separation  Jul 16, 2007
Title: Missed Opportunities
Author: Latonya Y. Williams

APOOO Rating: 3
this site Rating: 3

Degrees of Separation

Missed Opportunities by Latonya Y. Williams tells the tale of four
women that are connected through association whether they are aware
of it or not. These four women are also bonded together through the
love for, the need for and the want for drama. First there is
Monica who over compensates in certain areas to try and make up for
the low self-esteem she possesses; next up is Darla who loves others
before she loves herself; then there is Tamara, the one of the group
who has not yet been tainted by what life dishes out but is too
naïve to see the obvious; and finally there is Brandy who brings a
bit of the streets into the mix. All of the characters, whether
individually or as a whole, bring to reality a lot of issues that
plague African American women today. There are the lies, deception
and adultery that one can expect the men in most novels to bring to
the table. There are also the issues of domestic violence, obesity,
drug use, self-worth and dependency.

The reader will be able to identify with one of the characters or
one of the issues in the novel. The author sheds light and
perspective on matters that touch one's life in some capacity. The
dynamics behind the characters in the novel are there, however, the
storylines for each character fall a little short. More substance
behind each character could have strengthened a lot of weak areas in
this book. With so many characters, storylines and issues being
dealt with in one novel, at times it may seem to the reader that
they are reading several short stories. Better character
development and less clutter may have been the solution to eliminate
this problem. Dark secrets and drama are in abundance in this novel
and may be the only two things that save this novel.

Reviewed by Sharon Russ
APOOO BookClub
Drama, Drama, and more Drama!  Jun 24, 2007
By human nature, we love to peek into the lives of others, taste their drama, and secretly compare theirs to ours. In Missed Opportunities, you're allowed to indulge in this guilty pleasure. You'll witness the interlocking lives of Monica, the stuck-up, overweight "manizer"; Tamara, the young and beautiful "hopelessly in love" college student; Darla, the overweight, compassionate friend who learns a lesson in loving herself; and Brandy, the smack talking "around the way" girl.

LaTonya Williams tackles emotional issues such as obesity, self-esteem, domestic abuse, single parenthood, the downward spiral of recreational drug use . . . just to name a few. Each character's story is presented in a real world manner that makes you think, "Have I met her before?"

Overall, the characters' stories function more as a collection of short-stories rather than a novel. My greatest concern is that the back page synopsis does not do the storyline justice; Barron is not written as a main character and his story's description is incorrect. Though at times I felt as if I were in a time warp and almost became depressed by Brandy's storyline, the drama was entertaining and there were some wonderful elements of surprise. .

3 1/2 Sistah Hugs
Tasha Martin from the SistahFriend Book Club

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