Billie is as notorious for her beauty as she is for the hot yellow Ducati motorcycle she rides down L.A.'s meanest streets. Tough and talented, she does things her way. Until an unplanned pregnancy spins her life out of control. Her problem: Her lover Keith's divorce decree has been revoked, forcing him to choose between Billie and his dangerously manipulative wife, Carmen, along with their troubled and deceptive daughter, Destiny, a fifteen-year-old dancing on the edge of womanhood. Horrific things happen when Keith's daughter disappears in the company of low friends in dark places. And in chasing Destiny, Billie, Keith, and Carmen find their lives inextricably linked by a dangerous and seductive pursuit-at any speed, at any cost.
Dickey's (Genevieve) latest melodrama rides with Los Angeles's rough-and-tumble motorcycle crowd and has his signature sultry prose and African-American cast, but presents a surprisingly harsh attitude toward female characters. Billie (aka Ducati), a beautiful and self-assured biker, finds herself between the rubber and the road when her unemployed lover, Keith, confesses he's returning to his wife, Carmen, for the sake of their daughter-right after Billie informs him she's pregnant with his child. Carmen, a shady lawyer, will stop at nothing to reconcile her marriage, offering Billie money to vamoose and even threatening her own daughter, 15-year-old Destiny. Destiny, however, has her own problems: angry at her parents for separating, she rebels by sneaking out with the wrong crowd. When she's drugged, robbed and raped, a humiliated Destiny decides to run away rather than face her parents. By midnovel, Carmen, Billie and Keith are, yes, chasing Destiny and deploying dirty tricks to get what they want. With an emphasis on vulgarity and violence, the book is lively, but disappointing: rather than showcase what brings women together, Dickey hyperbolizes what tears them apart, advancing a caricature of women as troubled souls who, when hurt, hurt others. (On sale Apr. 11)
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I literally have the hard print copy since I was young and in highschool. Reading it again feels like the very first time. Love the flow of the story and different POV.
Loved it. Was able to have an imagination on each chapter. We'll written. Some parts made me cry.
I didn't see a lot of chasing Destiny. To me it was more "Pain for Ducati." She was hurt when she found out she was Keith's secret. She was hurt when she saw Carmen's bedroom at how much Carmen loved Keith. She was hurt by Ruth. By Raheem's note in the book to Carmen. Then shocked the most by the 15 year old monster. I wish I could have seen more of Ducati softening up for Raheem earlier in the book and them getting together. I wish the book would have shown the police finding out about Destiny sneaking out to that hotel, the video, all who set her up, and each person she did revenge to. I wish the book would have let the public see the true evil side of Carmen by having Destiny tell that she told her not to say anything. I think these reasons are what prevented me from giving (5) Stars for this reading. But still a wonderful book.