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eBook Just My Luck: A Novel ePub
Author: Tajuana Butler
Language: English
ISBN: 1400060214
ISBN13: 978-1400060214
Publisher: One World/Ballantine (March 29, 2005)
Pages: 272
Category: United States
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 100
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ePub file: 1557 kb
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TAJUANA TJ BUTLER is the founder of Lavelle Publishing and is also a writer, poet, and public speaker on women’s issues

I really wasn't expecting much from it and only picked it up to pass the time but I was really surprised by how good it was and I would recommend it to all my girlfriends. In addition to Hand-me-down Heartache, Sorority Sisters, and The Night Before Thirty, she is the author of a collection of poetry, The Desires of a Woman. She attended the University of Louisville.

Today is no ordinary day for d Lanita Lightfoot  .

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Author Tajuana "TJ" Butler has done it again with her fourth novel, Just My Luck

Author Tajuana "TJ" Butler has done it again with her fourth novel, Just My Luck. She considers herself lucky because of the experiences she had in the past. Butler allows the reader a stroll down memory lane, as via Lanita, readers are exposed to several encounters with authors and celebrities (including the Jackson 5). Lanita learns about the many blessings she has received from the ups and downs she has experienced.

Tajuana TJ Butler-Jackson. Also by Tajuana Butler. I was 26 years old. I published my second book Sorority Sisters in 1998. Sorority Sisters was picked up by Villard Books, a division of Random House and rereleased in 2000. Over 80,000 copies have been sold. So much has happened in my life since the release of my first books. I am thankful for the twist and turns that has been my journey.

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I really wasn't expecting much from it and only picked it up to pass the time but I was really surprised by how good it was and I would recommend it to all my girlfriends.

Book DescriptionToday is no ordinary day for d Lanita Lightfoot. Today represents the culmination of years of struggle and sacrifice. Today she graduates from college. Talk about an entrance. Lanita was born in a little corner store in the thick of the Watts riots. Her untimely entry into the world saved the joint from being sacked by looters–and the shop owner.

Today is no ordinary day for thirty-eight-year-old Lanita Lightfoot. Today represents the culmination of years of struggle and sacrifice. Today she graduates from college. But first, Lanita’s husband treats her to a day of beauty at an upscale black salon in Los Angeles, during which she shares her story with the staff and the other customers–and what a story it is. . . Talk about an entrance. Lanita was born in a little corner store in the thick of the Watts riots. Her untimely entry into the world saved the joint from being sacked by looters–and the shop owner showed his gratitude by giving Lanita’s mother, Aretha, a decade of rent-free residence. But when the reward dries up and Aretha takes to the bottle and a no-good loser boyfriend, Lanita’s life takes a sharp turn for the worse. Forced to live in a cramped, dingy apartment, Lanita longs for her real daddy to ride to the rescue. But when he finally shows up, she finds he isn’t quite the knight she’s dreamed of.Still, Lanita is determined to make something of herself. A straight-A student throughout high school, she is accepted to Howard University in Washington, D.C., and marvels that she’s finally escaped the ghetto. As Lanita embarks on the journey of becoming a woman, she encounters icons including Michael Jackson and Todd Bridges, who help transform her perception of her own life. But one year short of graduation, she must return to Los Angeles to care for the ailing Aretha–an unpleasant reality that leads her to join in a sordid West Hollywood strip club and farther away from her dreams–until the fateful night her high school heart throb shows up at the club and shows her that the easy money she makes comes with a high price.The bestselling author of The Night Before Thirty, Tajuana “TJ” Butler delivers one of her most richly imagined, complex, and beloved characters yet–and delves into the void that many young women spend their lifetime trying to fill: the one left by a father’s absence.
Keramar
Lanita Lightfoot Powers is a thirty-eight year old married mother of one, embarking on life by finally graduating from college in JUST MY LUCK by Tajuana "TJ" Butler. As the story opens, Lanita appears at a trendy salon in Los Angeles to have a facial, manicure, pedicure and her hair styled; a graduation gift from her husband. In order to understand what led to this eventful occasion, Butler takes us back to Lanita's roots, alternating between the past and the present.

Lanita was born at the height of the Watts riots and delivered inside a store owned by Jewish proprietors. Because her birth was taking place, local residents assisted instead of looting. Because of the owners' gratefulness, Lanita and her mother, Aretha, lived rent-free for many years. But their luck did not hold out and the two were forced to move and live on welfare. The one thing that Lanita had in her favor was her love of reading. This love exposed her to a world she was dying to explore. On the other hand, Aretha's vice became alcohol and the illnesses that go hand-in-hand with it.

I enjoyed the structure that Butler used by allowing Lanita to tell her story to the employees of the salon which inevitably led us back to the beginning of her life, through elementary school, junior and senior high school, a stint at Howard University, her return home and the climax of her college graduation. Lanita's voice is serene, her story sad. JUST MY LUCK highlights what can occur when well meaning friends step in to look after a child. The imagery portrayed allowed readers to focus on a vivid mental picture of the Watts section of Los Angeles during a time of upheaval. Lanita always believed she was lucky and throughout we see her belief in the Almighty as her one and only lucky charm.

Reviewed by Dawn R. Reeves

of The RAWSISTAZ™ Reviewers
MOQ
Author Tajuana "TJ" Butler has done it again with her fourth novel, Just My Luck. Ms. Butler introduces the reader to Lanita Lightfoot and the family and friends that share various experiences with her. Lanita is 38-years old and is getting ready for her long awaited college graduation by going to a spa & hair salon. While at the salon, Lanita engages in a conversation about her life and the many experiences she has had over time. Lanita talks about her birth to an alcoholic mother (Aretha) and a lucky father (Paul). Born in a store during the 1965 Watts riot, Lanita's arrival saved the store from being vandalized. Lanita and her mother were rewarded with a rent-free stay at an apartment owned by the storeowner. She considers herself lucky because of the experiences she had in the past. Butler allows the reader a stroll down memory lane, as via Lanita, readers are exposed to several encounters with authors and celebrities (including the Jackson 5). Lanita learns about the many blessings she has received from the ups and downs she has experienced. She also learns to trust in God.

This novel is very entertaining and also gives a history lesson as the story unfolds. It is different than Ms. Butler's previous novels because of the historical facts given during various time periods in Lanita's life. Ms. Butler has given readers something engaging and at times educational to read. I recommend this book and look forward to future novels written by Tajuana "TJ" Butler.

Reviewed by Phyllis Ann Street

APOOO BookClub
Road.to sliver
I read some of the other reviews for this book and had to agree with another reader, Phyllis. This book was a step into a different direction for Ms. Butler. I realy enjoyed this book.

I love when authors can reached into another scope and not always be singled as Erotica, Mystery or Love/Hate Relationships, but can tap into something different to keep the readers on their toes.

Lanita takes me back to the days of Jimmie Carter, Powder Cocaine, Rodney King and riotting for causes. Lanita Lightfoot aka Desire has experienced things other people, like myself, read about. Born in the activity of the Watts Riots, went through up and downs with Aretha, (her single mother) and a lucky father, Paul, who came into her life and left just as quick. Lanita's experiences has brought her to this upscale salon where she rehashes her days with the Jackson 5, Todd Bridges and Len Bias just to name a few up until she graduates from college many years later alongside her childhood friend, (now husband) Jermaine.

I am looking forward to Ms. Butler touching our minds again soon.
Chilele
I read Just My Luck during a weekend at the beach. It was a perfect choice for relaxing by the ocean with few worries on my mind. One reason I enjoyed JML so much is because the main character is just a couple of years older than me and I vividly remembered so many of the events and people Lanita encountered during her journey into womanhood. It was exciting for me to recall those wonderful times during my own formative years. I suspect this novel will have a similar effect on any reader born during the mid sixties to early seventies.

If I'm being honest, the only 2 drawbacks to Ms. Butler's latest, is:

(1) The dialogue is a kind of stiff. I've never met people from Watts who speak so perfectly, even Lanita's alcoholic mother and poor friends. I would have liked to have at least a few characters split a verb or two. Too many of the characters spoke with the same "voice". It kept any of them from being totally developed and realistic.

(2) The chance encounters fell upon Lanita a little too easily.

Overall, I enjoyed it. Just My Luck is a lite, yet empowering story that will be a welcome treat for readers 30 and up. I will be looking up some of Ms. Butler's other books. I think I'll start with the night before 30.
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