We Slay Book Club January Pick

The Blackbirds by Eric Jerome Dickey 

And finally, I can say I gave Dickey a full fledged attempt to enjoy his books. It's just not for me. I feel that he has a horrible female voice and the dialogue is cringey. I did appreciate the genuine friendship between the blackbirds. No one was plotting against the other or secretly hated each other. It was black women looking out for one another.


I really liked this book, I love the focus on female friendship! There was no remarks of pettiness, backstabbing or jealousies, just an awesome depiction of girlfriends. I honestly want to be friends with Destiny, Erica, Kwanzaa and Indigo. I love the reappearances of early Dickey characters. I would love to see other books like this in the Women's Fiction/Chick Lit, books about women who sorta have it together but not really, but enjoying, living and loving life. I swear I miss the early aughts with the onslaught of WOC Chick lit. This book gave me everything, it even briefly lifted my reading funk! This is one of my top five EJD books. If you do read this and are curious about what happened to  Destiny, I recommend "Chasing Destiny by EJD."


Kelly Burden

Hi! I am a Children's Librarian in Baltimore, Maryland.