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  • Symona's Still Single

  • Jacaranda Twenty in 2020
  • By: Lisa Bent
  • Narrated by: Diveen Henry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Romance, Contemporary
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (249 ratings)

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Summary

Symona Brown is a 37-year old Jamaican British woman living in South London looking for her Mr Right whilst her biological clock loudly ticks on. She announces to her close girlfriends after a boozy Sunday brunch that she is ready to up her game and start actively dating, to their surprise and delight. After being consciously single for a number of years, Symona remembers what worked and what definitely did not in the dating arena. This time, she knows who she is and what she wants. 

As Symona reflects through her memories from one Mr to another, she reveals her sensual, hilarious and downright frustrating encounters. She finds herself asking, “What does it mean to be a Black woman trying to exist, date and find love?” In her pursuit of love, she learns new lessons and different answers. Will these new revelations get her what she wants?

©2020 Lisa Bent (P)2020 Audible, Ltd

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Feels badly written

Really struggled with this. Starts ok, descends into nonsense and ends terribly. Made no sense! The stories of her friends are far more interesting than her own but they are inexplicably dropped in the last third. The man at the end is pure fantasy. So much so he has no depth and feels made up. So many points go un tackled, so many questions go unanswered. And so many OMG's I wanted to scream. Reads as badly as 50 Shades but for black women. Sigh.

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Not for me.

I listened to the end because I hate an unfinished book. But absolutely not the read for me. A whole novel about turning over stones, micro examining every breath of any real or potential relationship and self exploration that made me weary. Maybe not narcissistic but a little too much navel gazing. A lot of other people will thoroughly enjoy this book about this woman’s ‘journey’ to her ideal relationship.

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Relatable

As a black female in the UK I think we need more books like this. so many elements felt like my life and I could relax and immerse myself into the story.

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Would recommend

I came across this book by accident and finished it in three days. There were times when the narrator took me out of the story if I'm honest, but I did really enjoy the book overall. It isn't perfect, but it's a great read and I would recommend it. I'm looking forward to more from this author!

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Be patient it's worth it..

It started of slow for me and very stereotypical for a single black woman of a particular age in London on a quest for love which found me eye rolling a few times. Then somewhere in the middle twists unfold and my interest was piqued again. The spiritual aspect was lost on me but can see how it was interwoven within the characters. Although the book is centered on Symona I appreciate how well rounded the main characters in her life were developed. The narrator was brilliant at bringing the characters alive. I can say the last half of the book was much better at holding my interest as through her peaks and troughs and mostly dermination I admire who Symona became and I'm really really glad I preserved as I was ready to abort completion after the first 3 hours. I feel its a shame one has to go through the first half of tumbleweed but a good read surely worth it nonetheless!

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So much more than a book about finding a partner

This book is great. Full of self-discovery, this book is part love story, part valuable life lessons around spirituality, growth and healing. I love that it includes the real fears, joys and obstacles of being a Black woman in the UK and it’s so beautifully written that whilst reading it, you can see the film playing in your mind.

The narration is great in the Audible version (I actually have both paperback and audiobook) although it’s a shame that Lisa Bent isn’t reading it herself - but that’s really just a personal preference of mine.

Full marks all round. Give it go, you won’t regret it.

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Okay

Felt repetitive thus making it long…it had some good themes but it was just Symona maybe if there had been more conversations from the girlies or something…sometimes it felt a little self helpy

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I loved the elements to the story but…

There was a lot about this story I liked. The journey of self discovery and coming to terms with the past in order to move forward with the future. However, this book would’ve been a lot better if it would’ve been half as long and I don’t know what happened to Symona’s sister or friends as we never got to know there fates. In that way, the story felt interrupted and I don’t understand why the authors dropped them. The end was way too long and drawn out and very unbelievable. It’s a shame as I think a better written story would have been able to convey some of the central themes in a more gripping way. The narration was remarkable, not good not bad.

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Wow…just wow

First of all….shout out to the narrator….she nailed this book reading like a champ
And for the book itself….don’t even debate….you just gotta read it….thank me later 😉
Seriously though…thank me later 😂😂
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Loved it!

Very interesting! I didn’t want it to end!!!
I will be looking for more books by this author.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-03-22

Good story

I enjoyed the story and the self discovery. But I would have liked a bit more on the developing relationship at the end ….. does she get married , have children??? Left me hanging.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-01-22

Loved it!!!

I cam relate to Symona so much. it's crazy. Loved the story, glad I listened.

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  • kenya
  • 15-02-22

Ehhhhhh

Pros: Wasn’t bad wasn’t great. Although narrated in heavy accent the narrator did an amazing job and kept it interesting.

Cons: However the story lacked substance. Nothing really happed. It was basically like reading someone’s journal on all their failed relationships minus any of the juicy stuff. Ended with no real closure. Like what was the point? Glad it was included. Whomp whomp!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-08-22

i felt tricked

i was expecting self discovery and romance..... didn't really get the romance. was SICK of all the flashbacks

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  • Klmbrt
  • 16-07-22

great multilayered story

This was a great story to listen to, there were a lot of unexpected twists here and there and it kept my attention default time.

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  • Nia Karriem
  • 13-07-22

That American Accent

I loved this book oh so much. I don’t know how I stumbled upon it, but I’m so glad I did. It was definitely the book I never thought I needed. I’m currently on the same path as Symona and it just felt like such a relatable story.

The narrator was great. I loved her tone and the different personalities she gave each character. She really brought the book to life. The ONLY critique I have is her American accent, it was not the greatest. I laughed every time it came out. Only reason why I gave her 4 stars.

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  • vicky
  • 06-07-22

Different

This novel was a little monologue and too detail at times. Yet, it gave some great insights and information and a little suspenseful. Therefore, I give it a five star review!!

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  • Dream Lit Photography
  • 03-07-22

Wow! Love!

I love all of this book and the performance!
This speaks to my life as a black woman struggling with love in all forms and hurt that I have endure throughout my life. I love the speaking of healing, spirituality and ancestral connection.

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  • Felecia
  • 28-06-22

Lisa Bent, Symona's Still Single

I really enjoyed this book🤗 the author description for details is beautiful. Her writing style reminds me of Walter Mosley. Anyway I really enjoyed the storyline it showed consistency all through out. I just wish they could have used a mail voice for the men🥰 But I truly enjoyed it. I loved how instead of saying sucked the teeth....or smack his lips. Ms Bent said, "kisses their teeth" I was hesitant to read, but I really enjoyed it!!

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  • Marcus
  • 24-05-22

I almost quit a few times

There are bits of romance and humor, and some nice insightful moments. There is also a fair amount of repetition. There were a number of times when the narration went, "he said something funny", rather than actually including the funny bits. There were entire chapters that read like a diary entry I wouldn't reread even if it were my own. Overall, this seems like a journal / self-help book the author wrote for herself without much thought for a general audience.