Love Lessons is Ms. Grimble’s first novel which was published by Madada Publishing in 2006.
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Stacey Jackson has the perfect life. A senior at Howard University in Washington, DC, she is blessed with brains, beauty and popularity and a loving family; not to mention a handsome basketball player boyfriend, Patrick. But all is not what it seems, especially when it comes to her relationship with Patrick. Stacey wants nothing more than to cut Patrick out of her life completely. However, Patrick's holding a damaging secret over her head and before she knows it, more problems arise within their already troubled relationship. To make matters worse, Stacey's long-time crush, Ronnie Morgan, enters the picture.
Ronnie is the drop-dead gorgeous co-captain of the Howard University basketball team and aspiring singer. Stacey's had a thing for Ronnie since she first laid eyes on him during their freshman year. Unbeknownst to her, Ronnie has wanted to get with Stacey as well. When Patrick goes home the summer before their senior year, Stacey realizes "God definitely has a sense of humor," because Ronnie starts making his moves. In the beginning, Stacey resists Ronnie's advances, because she does have a boyfriend, but after spending an innocent evening together, she gives into her longtime desires. Once those desires are unleashed, there's no turning back and it's not just about the sex!
Despite her current relationship, Ronnie feels that Stacey is a safe bet for "no drama" but he has no idea what's really going on with Stacey and Patrick. Ronnie tries to be supportive of Stacey's decision to remain with Patrick but soon, enough's enough. When Stacey doesn't break up with Patrick after an ultimatum, Ronnie ends their relationship.
Can Stacey find the courage to end her abusive relationship or will she let her secret shame, tear her new relationship apart before it gets a chance to blossom?
LOVE LESSONS reminded me of the adventures I lived during my college experience. It especially helped me to recall meeting my soul mate. Grimble kicks off her freshman-writing project with a fierce knowledge of the intricate twist and turns of love. This is an impressive read that uses humor, the effects of domestic violence, issues of pre-martial sex, abortion, and intense family bonds to illustrate the significance of love and what can be learned in the process.
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Love Lessons by Terren Grimble follows the life of Stacey Jackson during her senior year at Howard University. Stacey is a beautiful, smart, loving young woman. Dealing with the normal issues of a college student, Stacey has some challenges ahead of her. Trying to balance life around her education and other school activities was one thing, but to add juggling a relationship with her boyfriend, Patrick, who she has been dating since sophomore year at Howard, was another.
Life is not easy for Patrick. He suffers some serious struggles during his years at Howard, which causes problems in his personal life, with his academics and within his relationship with Stacey. Instead of realizing this, he loses sight of this wonderful supportive woman, pushing her to find interest in a different direction other than him.
Who catches Stacey's attention? Ronnie Morgan, star basketball player, handsome and a good student, one that seems to have it going on. She noticed him during their freshman year, just entering into Howard, but did not act on her interests. Did Ronnie notice Stacey? Oh, yes he did. Known to be a ladies man around campus, Ronnie finds himself falling head over heals for Miss Stacey Jackson. Sharing times together, feelings grew between Stacey and Ronnie. But then there was still Patrick, who just happened to be a teammate of Ronnie's, playing on the same basketball team. Patrick was distant from Stacey, but still trying to control her, taking his control issues past a healthy level in this relationship.
As Stacey and Ronnie spend more time together there is a connection and the desire to become a couple, even though neither one of them admits to it. At some point, Stacey is going to have to deal with being Patrick's girl and her growing feelings for Ronnie. Who will Stacey choose? And how will she choose to deal with it?
Love Lesson is a wonderfully written love story with realistic emotions and drama that are felt when involved in an unhealthy relationship, with an option to have a wonderful relationship with someone else. You never know what curves life might throw you when it comes to love. Such challenges may cause one to have to make decisions that are not always easy to make or to act on.
I highly recommend this book. I found it an enjoyable and a quick read. It is so refreshing to read a novel where young people come from loving supportive families and healthy environments. I look forward to Terren Grimble's next novel.
Reviewed by S.E. Koshi aka Lady Flava
I was slow to open and read "Love Lessons" because I simply didn't feel like I wanted to read a love story about about some college students ... However, from the first chapter to the last, "Love Lessons" kept me interested and anticipating ... there were a few nights when I couldn't wait to get home, get the family settled, and then rush to see what Stacey and Ronnie were up to! I really appreciated the fact that the book ended "realistically" for such a young couple, making it a very believable love story. For this to be her first book, Terren has done an excellent job -- I can't wait for the sequel to Stacey and Ronnie's life in Atlanta!
Reviewed by V. Robinson (Upper Marlboro, MD)
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Reader Reviews for "Love Lessons"
|Reviewed by Afrika Abney
|Love Lessons Review
Love Lessons is Terren Grimble’s first novel that is about a relationship between a young couple, Stacey and Ronnie. I believe that Terren did a remarkable job depicting a portrayal of a relationship that one encounters in college. The characters are depicted well from start to finish. I especially like the title that Terren choose. This is a title that everyone can relate to whether it is a relationship that happens during college, before college or after college. At some point in our lives, we all encounter Love Lessons. A job well done!
Five Star Rating
Reviewed by Afrika Midnight Asha Abney