Black Girls Must Be Magic

Harper Perennial. Feb. 2022. 272p. ISBN 9780063211308. $26.99; pap. ISBN 9780063137929. $16.99. F
Allen’s solid follow-up to Black Girls Must Die Exhausted sees her characters navigating the many societal issues Black women face. No longer waiting for her undependable occasional boyfriend Marc to become that reliable partner she wants in life, Tabby Walker takes her future and her fertility into her own hands. Her desire to become pregnant through a fertility clinic proves successful; now expecting, she puts up with negative comments about single mothers. Not only does she have to worry about having a healthy pregnancy, but trouble at work causes sleepless nights. As a television news reporter and the only Black woman at her station, she strives to adhere to certain expectations when it comes to her appearance. Her recent hairstyle change when she wore her natural hair brought in a flood of complaints from viewers. Facing challenges from all quarters, Tabby relies on her close friends and family to gain the confidence she needs to become her authentic self.
VERDICT  Fans of Terry McMillan will enjoy this humorous and entertaining novel.
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