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The Colors of Friendship: Volume 1 (Colors Trilogy) Paperback – 5 Aug 2013
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About the Author
K. R. Raye lives in Maryland with her husband and two sons. Throughout her diverse career working as a mechanical engineer, adjunct professor, and in sales, she continues to weave her love of marketing, computer information systems, and operations together with her passion for writing.
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This is a story of three college friends with a strong bond, who look out for one another. Melody is a naïve romantic who is looking for love. Imani is more interested in good grades. Lance loves his football, and the only thing as important is protecting his girls. He’s also not a stranger to “playing the field”. Melody meets Kevin, and falls head-over-heels in love, and soon spends all her time with him. Imani, with her sixth sense, gets a bad feeling about him from the start.
The book begins at a slow pace, with not a lot happening. It picks up at about halfway through, and has a tense ending that is somewhat pre-empted by the prologue. This is the first book of a trilogy, but works well as a standalone read. I would say this is a novel best suited to the older YA reader, as well as adults. Due to the strong language, and sex scenes, it wouldn’t work for the younger YA market.
Some of the descriptive elements felt lacking; for example, most of the boys in an early party scene were all “cute”, and this was repeated enough times to really stand out. The point of view switches from one of the three friends to another, and this has been written well. The spelling is good, with only a couple of hiccups. The punctuation is problematic, especially with comma use. The prose tends toward a passive style. In some scenes, the writing came through strong and engaging.
All in all I found this an okay read, which addresses issues of abusive relationships and also coming of age. I rate this at 6 out of 10 stars using the TRB rating scale, which equates to 3 stars on the usual 5 star scales.
Melody Wilkins, Imani Jordan, and Lance Dunn are the three college attending, sibling-like protagonists of K.R. Raye’s story “The Colors of Friendship.”
Back to the story, Melody attends an Alpha Party at the start of our read. Looking ever so adorable and wonderful in her dress, her friends (READ: big brother and sister, for they DAMN SURE feel like that) are with her as they discuss Love and lifelong happiness. Melody wore high heels (Hee Hee: INSIDER) that made her uncomfortable to the point where she made a break for her dormitory to rest from the festivities.
She runs into (quite literally) a young, spiky blonde haired, peppermint breathed, blue eyed studsicle named Kevin in her haste on that cold January night (YES, I said S-T-U-D-S-I-C-L-E: Deal with it!). After helping him gather his books from their run-in, they go to a nearby building and talk for hours. After getting better acquainted with the young charmer, Melody plants a wet one on him for she was compelled to engage in the gentle and intimate act.
To tell a story of this nature as it is geared towards the young adult audience to where it can be read by people that are college age and beyond is incredible!
Even more, to touch on the three points that are College Life, Interracial Relationships, and Domestic Violence/Abuse all at the same time possesses the air and feel of real life scenarios and parameters that are all too familiar to many in this day, age, and era.
Also, to tell this story without coming off as overdone, bulls***, boring, corny, cheesy, and/or convoluted is a true feat and recognized by me as Ms. Raye being someone who is a legitimate writer and author. Not only have my personal standards have been met in “The Colors of Friendship”, they have been exceeded.
Discovering that this is a trilogy, “The Colors of Friendship” is a GREAT starting point for Ms. Raye’s book. I have PERSONALLY requested to be placed on the other two books, to see how our protagonists fared after the events that have unfolded.
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Friends in college and how they interact and protect each other is the theme here. In a rather terrifying Prologue we meet the first character Melody Wilkins with a gun pointed between her eyes - a resolution that is left until the final pages of the book. Before that epic trauma we learn that Melody Wilkins is in college with finding a suitable mate as her major. She rooms with Imani Jordan who is a serious engineering student who follows the scent of Trevor Mathis from the Bronx as a friend and playmate, but Imani is too dedicated to her career goals to give into Trevor's intentions. And there is Lance Dunn, a handsome athlete whose focus is on football, preening before appreciative ladies, and protecting his very close friends Melody and Imani. Lance has a steady sleep-in named Krystal and girls tease him constantly about his allure. Melody literally bumps into a blond haired blue-eyed hunk named Kevin (the three friends are black) and falls for his manners and sensuality. But events occur that prove that Melody's choice of Kevin as a soul mate is n a healthy one and despite the running of interference form her friends she becomes too deeply involved with the abusive Kevin - a relationship that ultimately has a tragic ending.
The story is straightforward, not deep, but is a fine survey of the true meaning of friendship. It will be interesting to follow how K.R. Raye continues this trilogy. Grady Harp, September 14
This is a book about three friends in their Sophomore year in college. They are about as different as they could be.
Melody is one of those super romantic girls, who thinks that they are going to find a fairy tale knight and ride off into the sunset.
Imani is very career driven and refuses to get involved with anyone, no matter how she feels about them.
Lance is a football player who loves to be a womanizer. Even though he clearly doesn’t respect the women he has one night stands with, he loves Melody and Imani with a brotherly and protective fierceness.
Things are going well until Melody starts dating Kevin. Warning bells are going off in Imani and Lance’s head, but what can they do? Melody would never believe that something was wrong with her prince charming.
Meanwhile Imani is having trouble’s of her own. She really likes Trevor and they are great friends.
She really can’t afford to get involved with anyone…but will that decision ultimately come back to haunt her?
The end of this book is like fireworks exploding. Anyone who has felt the effects of abuse will cringe.
I have been touched by abuse, but it was a family friend and I never knew the relationship very well.
Anyone else might be too affected to really enjoy this book, but I think it is an important subject.
Overall, this book was a great read! I can’t wait to read the next book in the series to find out what happens to the three friends after the ending of this book.
The multicultural characters were very well developed. They were realistic (even trying at times) just what you would expect for college aged kids. The plot focuses on three best friend's journey and touches on all aspects of that time period: parties, classes, relationships (good and bad), self-esteem and so on. The story had nuggets of information in the beginning that was woven into a complex and compelling storyline that came together and climaxed at the end. This was a tightly written, life lesson story, all without ever feeling like I was being preached to. Kudos to Raye and her excellent writing for that.