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2nd Time Around [Paperback]

James Earl Hardy
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Oct. 1 1996 B-Boy Blues
Pooquie and Little Bit are back in love and back to stirring up the hip-hop community and the rest of New York. But as these two strongly independent yet passionately linked men discover, the pursuit of happiness takes work to maintain. This is the seriously sexy, fiercely funny, black-on-black sequel to the bestseller B-Boy Blues.

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From Publishers Weekly

The Second Time Around is the sequel to B-Boy Blues, Hardy's hugely successful first "Africentric" gay hip-hop novel. Raheim Rivers is back, and he's trying to pick up the pieces and carry on with his life. The narrative is mostly dialogue?either Raheim's conversations with himself or with the people in his life?and it provides an engaging, immediate window to Raheim's character and his dawning maturity. The novel begins with and is centered around Raheim's reconciliation with his lover, Little Bit, who left him after Raheim hit him in a fit of jealousy. Through a series of flashbacks to his youth, readers learn what made Raheim the man he is now?a black man in love with another black man, not entirely out of the closet, prone to bursts of verbal violence and, most importantly, a man with an enormous capacity for love and for learning from his mistakes. Added to Raheim's struggle to win back Little Bit's trust are the complexities of co-raising his son, L'il Brotha Man. Raheim is determined to be a better father to his son than the one who left him and his mother behind. Things move in cycles of beginnings and endings, from Raheim's burgeoning modeling career to L'il Brotha Man's graduation from kindergarten. The result is an upbeat tale which, while confronting issues of violence, racism and homophobia, is romantic, absolutely sensual and downright funny.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Fans of Hardy's stereotype-breaking B-Boy Blues (1994) will welcome this sequel, not least because it picks up where B-Boy left off, with gentle, educated, conventional-English-speaking, upper-middle-class Mitchell and his homeboy lover Raheim, whose family doesn't know he's gay, who speaks rappish black English yet is well read and wants to be a good father to his son, Junior. Mitchell is still writing freelance, Raheim is making it big-time as a model, and Junior still worships his daddy. The plot unfolds a little less quickly this time, but Hardy continues to astonish in such moving scenes as Mitchell's meeting with Raheim's mother and former wife. Equally important are the revelations Hardy affords of the reluctance with which two black socioeconomic classes come together and of the gap between the black gay and straight worlds. These concerns in Hardy's fiction elevate it from the level of mere entertainment to that of the work of such classic socially critical American novelists as Sinclair Lewis. Charles Harmon

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great sequel July 1 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Great sequel about Pookie and Lil'Bit's love and family life together
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5.0 out of 5 stars Raheim just irks me but I'm lovin that man. March 21 2003
Format:Paperback
This and Bboy blues are my favorite books.. I also have to admit that this is the first Gay book I read and i was quite taken by it. there's a lot of conflict which interests the reader, and it beautilly entices the reader to want to know what's gonna happen next.
Raheim and Little Bit make a good couple, vry mature.. very REALISTIC! and I think this is great, I love it.. the front cover is beautiful, great job!
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3.0 out of 5 stars My least favorite of the 5 July 4 2002
Format:Paperback
Really, this book ain't all that bad, but it appealed to me the least of all of the series so far. I honestly couldn't put my finger on what disappointed me so much. I did enjoy the look into his past, but after reading it twice, I am still left with no desire to read it again. At first, I thought it was Pooquie's narration that annoyed me, but after reading the 4th novel in the series, I ruled that out. My suggestion would be that all fans of the first novel definitely read this one, but only so they can better understand the 3rd novel. Don't get your hopes up over liking this one, but definitely don't avoid it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I had to read this... Oct. 9 2000
By nobie
Format:Paperback
I had to read this book after finishing the first book. My uncles girlfriend wouldn't even let me read the first one from all the sex in it... So I took it upon my self to read that one of my own. I went to the library, took it out and read it... she lent me the 2nd and the third one... which I read like in 2-3 days... this is just a conintuation of the first one... Instead of this book talking about the perspective of Mitchell Crawford AKA Little Bit... It talks from Raheim Rivers Aka Pooquie's history background and perspective...
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5.0 out of 5 stars 2nd Time Around Sept. 27 2000
Format:Paperback
This book was very well written. James Hardy shows a passion that I have not seen in writers in a long time. JEH writes of a love story that is so familiar to any sexual preference. Pooquie really comes alive in this book. He is an intelligent, loving, and profound man. Little Bit is just the man that Pooquie needs to encourage him, love him, and make everything jood. My hat's off to Mr. Hardy for a book of magnificent love!
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4.0 out of 5 stars "THE 2nd TIME AROUND" was not as good as the 1st. July 28 2000
Format:Paperback
Maybe I wasn't as gripped as I was with B-BOY BLUES, but THE 2nd TIME AROUND did have it's good points. Rahiem's love for his son and his devotion to his true love kept the story in place. I was glad to be on the inside track as Rahiem began to go upscale with his modeling career, but to tell the truth, even with all the juicy secrets and backstory, his character didn't have the same appeal without his other half. Still, one truly enjoyable ride.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sequel From A True Voice July 26 2000
Format:Paperback
I absolutely loved B Boy Blues when it came out. The author created a unique writing style, firmly anchored in the everyday speech and real people of a special community, and told a story of universal appeal in that style. As with most sequels, 2nd Time Around is 'pastoral' in character. B Boy Blues is, by necessity, character- and plot-driven. In 2nd Time Around, we know the personas of the characters and how they communicate, and there is time to get into their heads more deeply -- who is where on various political and social issues, to say nothing of their own developing identities. In the end -- able craftsman that he is -- the author shows that it is all relevant to a skillfully insinuated plot that ties together like a classic pastoral comedy in the end. I was raised, long before the days of political correctness and the purchase of social status through elevated literary pretentions, on the down-to-earth value of 'dialect' literature. I was, and still am, completely in love with the dialect works of James Whitcomb Riley ("The Bear Story") and Paul Laurence Dunbar ("Little Brown Baby"). Since then, I've discovered that many languages have masters of the same approach -- Abu Nuas in Arabic comes to mind. The fact is, you can say the most profound things and make the most on-target observations in the spoken language that gets us from rising up to lying down every day. And so can James Earl Hardy. I can't wait to read the third in this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sequel From A True Voice July 26 2000
Format:Paperback
I absolutely loved B Boy Blues when it came out. The author created a unique writing style, firmly anchored in the everyday speech and real people of a special community, and told a story of universal appeal in that style. As with most sequels, 2nd Time Around is 'pastoral' in character. B Boy Blues is, by necessity, character- and plot-driven. In 2nd Time Around, we know the personas of the characters and how they communicate, and there is time to get into their heads more deeply -- who is where on various political and social issues, to say nothing of their own developing identities. In the end -- able craftsman that he is -- the author shows that it is all relevant to a skillfully insinuated plot that ties together like a classic pastoral comedy in the end. I was raised, long before the days of political correctness and the purchase of social status through elevated literary pretentions, on the down-to-earth value of 'dialect' literature. I was, and still am, completely in love with the dialect works of James Whitcomb Riley ("The Bear Story") and Paul Laurence Dunbar ("Little Brown Baby"). Since then, I've discovered that many languages have masters of the same approach -- Abu Nuas in Arabic comes to mind. The fact is, you can say the most profound things and make the most on-target observations in the spoken language that gets us from rising up to lying down every day. And so can James Earl Hardy. I can't wait to read the third in this series.
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