I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the CONTROL by Stephanie Guerilus Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!
About the Book:
Author: Stephanie Guerilus
Pub. Date: October 2, 2018
Publisher: Stephanie Guerilus
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Control, whose title is lifted from the iconic Janet Jackson song, embodies its name. Theresa Marie Jenkins is a 17-year-old who thinks she knows it all. As the saying goes, a hard head makes for a soft ass and Reesa learns the hard way that she doesn’t really know much about life.
Reesa quickly becomes an It girl after speaking up at a Black Lives Matter protest but her activism gets in the way of her career. She wants to be the next pop diva on the charts. For that to happen, Reesa will have to be packaged; smile and wave as though she’s at a beauty pageant. She’ll have to give control to advisers who want her to sing on cue, tap dance on command, no throwing shoes at parties and keeping her mouth shut on the culture. If only Reesa had just sat there and ate her food.
Control is a novel that addresses the political climate, #MeToo, identity and what it means when you are a young woman of color who the world doesn’t automatically think to protect.
I’d like to thank Guerillus Publishing and Rockstar Book Tours for the advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
When I first started this book, I wasn’t sure what to expect – it seemed like a mix between The Hate U Give and Grown – but I quickly fell in love with the main character. Theresa Marie Jenkins – also known as Reesa – has a massive spunk to her which she uses to make her mark on the world. She lives with her mother, and her white politician father lives with his new family.
This book brings to light a lot about black culture, which I enjoyed seeing and learning about. I think this book does a great job at showing the relationship between the Black Lives Matter movement, the #MeToo movement, and the entertainment industry, which more often than not, can mesh together in real life.
Overall, I think this is a really great read, especially of you’re looking to educate yourself on black culture.
You can read more about the author, giveaway, and booktour below!
Stephanie Guerilus is a multimedia journalist and social media expert.
She is a native of Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Haitian immigrants. Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Temple University and is the secretary of the New York Association of Black Journalists.
Prior to joining the chapter board, she has volunteered with the National Association of Black Journalists. In this role, she helped in functions related to the annual convention, media and organizing various panels that have featured April Reign and Vann R. Newkirk II.
Stephanie previously worked as a reporter at The Philadelphia Tribune, the oldest African American newspaper in the country. Through this position, she was assigned late breaking news coverage in addition to the community, religion and obituary beats. She interviewed such notable names as Rev. Al Sharpton, actress Victoria Rowell, Sen. Pat Toomey, Olympian Dawn Staley, gospel artist Mary Mary, Democratic Strategist Donna Brazile and TV Personality and Professor Melissa Harris-Perry.
3 winners will receive a finished copy of CONTROL, US Only.
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