Leggy: I really enjoyed Gabrielle Union’s first book. I even named it one of my favorite books of the year, the year it came out and I listened to it 5 times! So I was very excited to listen to this one.
Taynement: I honestly am still always shocked when you mention that you listen to books multiple times. Like how?? But yes, I was in the same boat as you. We’re Going to Need More Wine was so good, I immediately got on the waiting list for this one.
Leggy: I was disappointed. I did not think this book was a worthy sequel. I for sure did not need more wine.
Taynement: Ha ha. Or something stronger. They were quite different. Quite frankly, this one was unnecessary.
Leggy: So unnecessary and quite repetitive. Why did she have to revisit Bring it On? She already had an essay about this movie in her first book, which was perfect? Why are we rehashing it all over again? I guess it’s because it’s her only mainstream movie.
Taynement: It’s funny you say that because that was my favorite story. Not sure what that says about the book itself but I didn’t find a lot of the stories compelling. It just didn’t grab me.
Leggy: The only story I found compelling was about her surrogate journey, the rest of the book was just not needed.
Taynement: I enjoyed the surrogate story as well, which is what she started with but it went downhill from there.
Leggy: I’m sure as a celebrity and a black one at that, Gabrielle Union has multiple stories from her life to pull from, so I don’t understand the essays she chose to publish. They didn’t make any sense to me at all. Also this entire book reads very performative. It did not seem genuine. It’s almost like she’s writing for a particular crowd.
Taynement: She unfortunately did the thing where the best part of the book is what she used as promo, so even if you didn’t read the book, you already read the best part. I have always thought Gabrielle Union was performative but she could pull it off in We’re Going to Need More Wine because it was personal stories. In this book, she suffered greatly from a lack of direction. She wasn’t sure if she wanted it to be about race or personal and even with the personal it wasn’t completely her story. I learned more about her stepdaughter in this book than her.
Leggy: Yup. It’s as if she went about collecting all the twitter hot topics and then wrote very impersonal and contrived stories about them. I was so bored. I kept waiting for her to turn the book back towards her and it just never got there. Also, do you believe her when she said the woman she is now would have left Dwyane?
Taynement: It wasn’t more so I didn’t believe her. It was more so it didn’t make sense to me? If in fact that is true, the woman you are now, can still leave? From the book and interviews she has done, I did not get the sense that she is over that whole situation.
Leggy: Exactly. That’s how I felt. So what’s stopping you from leaving now? I think she thinks the audience this book is for, would hate that she stayed. But it’s your decision, it’s your marriage. You have to own the fact that you stayed and recognize that you don’t owe anybody any explanation.
Taynement: Yep. You chose to stay so screw everybody else.
Leggy: She sounded so angry with Dwyane in this book, I was a bit taken aback by it. All while trying to convince us that she’s done the work to make the relationship stronger and better.
Taynement: When she said that people have accused her of not talking about the break baby, I looked around cos I was definitely one of them and then she described it as a trauma. I am ashamed to say I never thought about the angle that he had a baby while they were going through conception struggles. That’s deep.
Leggy: Yeah that’s insane. I can’t imagine how she felt about that.
Taynement: In summary, I don’t think this book was as sincere as the first and the sincerity is what made the first so great.
Leggy: Yes, this book was extremely performative. I wish she hadn’t written it. I did not enjoy it and it sucks because Gabrielle really is a good writer.
Taynement: It definitely was a struggle to read and I have told people I don’t recommend it.
Leggy: I wish she had written something totally different and personal.
Taynement: Last thing, if you do decide to read the book I think we should let people know that it is very heavy on racial topics.
Leggy: Very heavy. Almost all the stories veered into a commentary on race.
Taynement: And I think we need to mention because if you are mood readers like us, sometimes you have to prepare your mind to read certain topics and it’s easy to think this would be a light hearted book because of We’re Going to Need More Wine.
Leggy:If you think this is going to be a fun and compelling book like her first one, just skip it. It’s nothing like it.
Taynement: What she said.
Leggy: Go read her twitter threads instead. It’s just that but in long form.
Taynement & Leggy
2 thoughts on “We Chit Chat – You Got Anything Stronger? by Gabrielle Union”
Good review. I a thought her first book was just ok and didn’t feel a strong pull to read this one. Now I know I won’t be reading it… Well, not anytime soon. LOL
Wish she could read your review and come correct with her next. Looks like I will be passing on this one