The saying is true: don’t judge a book by its cover. When I saw the cover of Flip Side of the Game by Tu-Shonda Whitaker, I thought it would be a typical street-lit, urban fiction book. I was wrong! After reading the first page, I was immediately hooked. When I finished reading the book, it was a must for me to hunt down the sequel, Game Over. I chose to put these two books together for a review because once you read Flip Side of the Game, you will be aching to read the follow-up, Game Over. These two books have been out for years now but are still good reads.
The rundown: The protagonist of these two books is Vera Wright-Turner. She’s a spoiled, selfish gold digger who has met her match in Dr. Taj Bennett. The game of her hustling men flips when she falls in love.
Vera was born drug addicted to a 15-year-old prostitute and left in a dumpster. Despite being taken in and raised by her Aunt Cookie and Uncle Boy, Vera continues to blame her mother, Rowanda, for her past and messed up ways. Before meeting Taj, Vera was proud of being the love ’em and leave ’em type, only after a man’s money and what he can do for her. She thinks she is hustling men, but Taj isn’t playing her games.
Likewise, readers watch Vera transform in both books. She finally loves a man in Flip Side of the Game. In Game Over, it is exactly that, game over for Vera. Vera and Taj are building a life together while attempting to forgive and add Rowanda into their lives. Vera is forced to stop playing a victim and move on from her past.
Although Vera is a riot all by herself, her co-stars in both books are hilarious! Aunt Cookie and Uncle Boy will have readers dying of laughter. While at work, I was reading a little at the desk and had to stop myself several times from laughing out loud and having my co-worker look at me funny. Vera’s girlfriends are also funny. We watch Lee, Angie, and Shannon act complete fools when it comes to men. Nevertheless, their friendship is admirable. They all stick together, right or wrong.
One warning, though. The editing is crazy; there are commas and apostrophes in places they are not needed, in addition to misplaced and misspelled words. Despite that, I enjoyed these two books! I also appreciated the characters being professionals. We don’t get that a lot in urban fiction novels.