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Reviewed 12/17/11 by Jessica Ramirez, Jessicaslovelybooks.com
My thoughts after reading the very first sentence, “I am not going to like this book”. How very very wrong i was. I enjoyed Judah’s story about Madison so much that I found myself laughing out loud and crying too. Normally I do not like vulgar language but i decided that I was going to read with an open mind. And I am so glad I did, because if I didn’t, I would be missing out on a great book.
We start of the with Madison and her friend Lizzie, whose husband hates Maddie. For good reason too! She is a girl who sleeps around with anyone, it is just who she is. So we go back into her life on why she is the way she is. And this boys and girls, was what had me hooked. Not only was Madison funny, and beautiful, she was real. She might not have ever realized that about herself until the very end, but I saw what a great person she was deep down. Madison is the type of woman you can count on and one who will be there to bail you out of anything. I absolutely loved that about her. When someone gave her absolute no reason to not trust them at all, well Maddie looked past that and helped out anyway she could. Such a strong person.
There were a lot of hook ups in the book and i found myself silently screaming at her to quit being so stupid! She didn’t need any of that and she deserved a lot better than all the losers she dated. She was way too good! A good girl she was not, though. She was the bad girl we all wished we could be but aren’t. I enjoyed reading about her best friend Summer, she was just like Maddie only skinnier and blonde. And as Madison says, she was hot. Both these girls together against the world made my experience fresh and funky. In a good way of course.
Any hot boys in the book? Um…definitely not! Jose, which later becomes her baby daddy and husband, was disgusting and the biggest loser of them all. I can honestly say, I really can relate to Maddie when it comes to dating all the losers. Like her, I trusted to easily and in the end came out burned. It must be why I loved the story so much.
There was a religious aspect to the book and I found that awesome. Why yes bad things happen to good people, as long as you have Jesus Christ by your side, everything will be okay. And I think Madison knew that, she just needed that little push. In comes the last character I will talk about in my review, Dion. She was such an inspirational character. I cried and cried when her ending came. She always believed in Madison and she was the one who gave her that push. I have a bunch of people like her in my life. I am blessed and lucky to have that, as some people may not have that at all…
I want to thank Judah for allowing me to read her book. I will interviewing her so everyone stay tuned! You do not want to miss out on the book or getting to know that wonderful author.
Reviewed by Kell Smurthwaite, BCF Book Reviews http://bcfreviews.wordpress.com/tag/she-tells-all/
Self-published novels often get looked down upon by the “why couldn’t they get published by a real publisher” brigade, but every now and then, you get a little gem that sparkles and stands out from the rubble, refusing to be tarred with that brush. This is one of them.
I was pleasantly surprised at how easy this novel was to read. Although it chronicles Madison’s sexploits, explicit detail doesn’t usually play much of a part in the proceedings, which is a welcome relief, given the amount of shenanigans she gets up to! It’s a nice change to have a promiscuous “heroine” who doesn’t feel the need to “drop the f-bomb” (as she calls it) every five seconds and although many of her activities are explicit, the author leaves much to the imagination, giving only the bare essentials in the sex scenes.
Madison is a very likeable character. She is obviously a little troubled and has terrible taste in men, but once again, the Davis bucks the trend and refuses to give Madison all the good looking charmers – she’s a regular chick and the guys she sleeps with are regular Joes too – some better (or worse) than others. And she’s such a caring person, constantly trying to help people and do the right thing, that you desperately want things to work out for her.
This is a very quick read, but an enjoyable one. And yes, I actually shed a few tears near the end which was handled in a tactful and sweet manner. Madison’s journey through slutdom to finding herself and keeping her faith is worth picking up if you like inspirations tales with believably normal characters.
Reviewed by Alexandria Vail, http://www.chicklitclub.com http://www.chicklitclub.com/titless.html#shetellsall
Madison Miller has an affection for bar hopping, dancing and (sometimes very unattractive) Latin men. She doesn’t see anything wrong with her lifestyle or sleeping with complete strangers, but knows her church-going Southern mom wouldn’t be proud. She recounts the loss of someone close and how that may have led her into this lifestyle and all of her one-night stands. When tragedy strikes again, she is forced to take a hard look at her relationship with others and most importantly, her relationship with God. This kept me laughing and at some points on the verge of tears. It’s a book with a life lesson, and a lot of humour with a little vulgarity – in a good way. (AV)
S. Reisner, Author of Sorcerers’ Twilight Series
It caught me off guard at first because this book isn’t written like standard fiction. It tells instead of shows and is a tad slow to start. It is written in a very passive style that some readers may be uncomfortable with at first. However – it was intriguing enough to keep my interest and it moves along at a good clip. There were times I was howling with laughter (as in couldn’t stop laughing) – it really was that funny. There are also touching moments. The candor and emotional depth this novel is written with more than made up for the passive writing. Now if you’re the type of reader who needs to be spoonfed visual detail you may find this book a bit lacking (I’m notorious for skipping those parts anyway, so that was fine with me) since really – this is more of an inner story than an outer story. All in all, it was like listening to a close girlfriend tell the story of her life (just like the title says) and is a fun read. I definitely recommend chick-lit and literature fans give it a look.