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Sparkle: A Novel

Sparkle: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Denene Millner

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Sparkle is an epic tale linspired by the story of The Supremes. It's 1968 Detroit and a time when the entertainment world is thoroughly mesmerized by the Motown sound. In the midst of that musical and entrepreneurial phenomenon three beautiful sisters -- the daughters of a former R&B singer-turned-Bible thumper -- leave the bosom of the church and, against the strenuous objection of their mother, dive headfirst into the tough, unforgiving world of R&B.
As Sister, Dolores and Sparkle submit to the Svengali-like styling of their manager and fight against the ruthless ambitions of a cast of characters bent on taking advantage of their fortune and fame, the close-knit family is torn apart by greed, ambition, broken loyalties, and the merciless glare of the spotlight. But one sister, Sparkle, may yet have what it takes to emerge as the brightest star of them all.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 610 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1476704562
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (30 Aug 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #572,707 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars well put together 15 Aug 2012
By mistermaxxx08 - Published on
i can't wait to see the remake coming up and this book is on point and tells the story and all that went on with trying to make it big. the story is always familiar and yet always so compelling. the struggle, journey and the many sacrifices that take you from one point to another. the characters and pacing just keeps on the edge of your seats. the book is on point and a valuable lesson about the music business and life in general.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Live To Read 15 Aug 2012
By Chels - Published on
Although I have not yet seen the movie, the novel, Sparkle, has made me want to. I love the story, characters, and back-and-forth dialogue. Millner did a great job describing the events of the book; it was easy to imagine the scenes taking place. I loved the humor and speech patterns of the characters. Everyone was quick-witted and funny. If the book was this good, the movie and music must be fantastic.
Three sisters begin singing together and after winning a contest in 1960s Detroit, their talent quickly takes over the city. Romance, abuse, and drugs are the problems that threaten their rise to the top. Sister becomes engaged to an abusive man and takes up cocaine, Sparkle has to move past her nerves and embrace her talent, and Delores merely wants to help her sisters' rise to the top and earn enough money to fund her education. All this drama takes place in the midst of the Civil Rights movement.
Millner's novel is excellent and anyone would enjoy reading it. The book is fast-paced and never lost my attention. I give this novel four out of five stars.
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I was looking for! 28 Feb 2013
By < Chin I've Been 3 - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I fell head over heels for the 2012 remake of this movie.
Books based on movies usually tend to offer more insight
and this book is no exception!
I'm not sure just how closely this book follows the script,
but it's very convincing and offers a little more insight on many events in the movie.
This book is really interesting and so hard to put down!
1.0 out of 5 stars Just watch the movie 27 Jan 2013
By Bashemath - Published on
It's identical to the movie. I prefer the move though. The movie gets four stars the book...well. That's all I'm going to say about that.
4.0 out of 5 stars Read Before the Seeing the Movie! 8 Oct 2012
By Tiffany Craig - Published on
Sparkle by Denene Millner and Howard Rosenman should be read before seeing the movie that currently stars Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston. Sparkle is the story of three sisters - Sister, Sparkle, and Delores and they dream of being a singing group even though it is against their Mama's wishes. Sister is the lead singer of the group as she is beautiful and has a great singing voice but it is the songwriter, Sparkle, who catches Stix's (their new manager) attention. Delores simply sees the singing group as a way to make income on her way to medical school.

In Sparkle, like every girl group (real or fictional), there is one that believes she is bigger than the group and that is where the drama begins. Denene Millner does an excellent job at capturing the music scene and the atmosphere of Detroit during the Civil Rights Movement. It should also be noted that in this book adaptation, Millner writes details and gives backstories that are not displayed in the film version which provides a greater understanding to the storyline. Sparkle was a quick, exciting, and entertaining which was read in one afternoon.
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