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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.
By Stephanie Guerilus
Pub. Date: October 2, 2018
Publisher: Stephanie Guerilus
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Genre: African-American Story, Fiction
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First off Thank you Guerillus and Rockstar Book Tours for the ARC in exchange for an honest review of my own thoughts.
When I received this book I was not sure about it since I don’t know Black culture too well but I’m open to learning. I’ve read a couple different Black culture books since last year to widen my knowledge and my in-laws help with this. I have not mentioned this before but my husbands father and siblings are black/Half Black. It has brought a new culture to me of family and together-ness that I am not used to but have grown to love.
The language in Control is very much Black Culture with majority of clack characters as well. It was refreshing to see their culture shown in such a good light. However, In control we have Reese whom is mixed, Half-white and Half-black, whom lives with her mother while her father whom is white is a politician with a new all-white family. in 2018 when it was published the Black Lives Matter protesting along with wanting justice for innocent lives being taken by police is more to today’s news than 2018. But this is something that has not been a normal thing for police brutality but lately its become a world wide movement that is absolutely lovely to see and support.
As Reesa, an aspiring popular singer and also known as Theresa Marie Jenkins, is targeted by a white neighborhood for standing up for what she believes in and having to live her life with BOTH influences of both cultures we can see how Reesa gets Control. In this book you will find Romance, Entertainment Industry, Personal Issues, finding ones way, drama and showing readers why its sometimes not a good idea to meet your idol. That idol may hate us like Reesa experienced in Control with her favorite singer.
This book is perfect for anyone wanting to explore more of the world and thoughts of those who are involved with the Black Lives Matter movement then pick up Guerilus ‘Control’ today. This is defiantly a great middle-school to young adult read that is fast passed and filled with entertainment. Get yours today!
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.
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