A Girl’s Gotta Eat by Michelle Valentine
St. Martin’s Press
African American Contemporary
Reviewed by Nikita Steele




Rementa “Remmi” Broughton was determined to become one of the most successful, sought after black female actresses in the film industry.  She wasn’t above doing whatever necessary to get what she wanted, regardless of how low down and dirty it might appear to be.  In a short amount of time, Remmi went from a renowned video vixen to “The JCPenney Girl” in television commercials and ultimately to a lovable Hollywood movie star.  Along with Shanelle Anderson, her long-time best friend/partner-in-crime, Remmi’s road to success entailed deception, lies, betrayal, treachery, envy and numerous sexual favors.  Now that Remmi has finally made it big in the film world, the ugly past threatens to destroy everything that she’s worked so hard to build.  But Remmi wasn’t going down without a fight.  After all, as her mother had repeatedly instilled in her on countless occasions, A Girl’s Gotta Eat!

Readers, take a deep breath and exhale slowly because you are about to embark upon a hell of a rollercoaster ride when you dive into A Girl’s Gotta Eat.  Remmi and Shanelle’s characters were just the type of women that I loved to hate; yet, I took pleasure in getting to know them.  They were like a die-hard, ghetto-fabulous-type of the famous Thelma and Louise. Nothing, I truly mean nothing, could stop them from reaching their goal and coming out on top.  There were times where I felt sorry for them, others where I screamed “Oh, no they didn’t!”, and moments where I was filled with joy at their outcome.  Needless to say, there were a few hard life lessons learned for both of the women that made them realized that sometimes costly consequences resulted from actions taken.  Once I started the journey with A Girl’s Gotta Eat, I couldn’t put this book down until the last words were read.  I am delighted to bestow A Girl’s Gotta Eat as Joyfully Reviewed Recommended Read.


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