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Reviewed by Jessyca Garcia for Readers' Favorite
And the Beat Goes On by Sheronda L. Barksdale is a short story that makes the reader take a look at their own life. Jerman McCullough is a 34-year-old, sex addicted momma’s boy. When his mother dies, he has no choice but to face how he has been living his life and treating the people around him.
While reading And the Beat Goes On, I remember thinking that this book was obviously written by a guy. I was shocked to find that it was actually written by a female. Barksdale does an excellent job writing in the male mindset. At first I did not really care for the character of Jerman. I honestly thought he was kind of a jerk. He avoids family responsibilities and talks mostly of his sex-capades. Reading on, I could see that was exactly what Barksdale wanted me to think of Jerman. I also thought that his sister, Tina, had some emotional baggage that would make a great story. I liked that Barksdale explained what a life coach was. I have heard of them, but never knew what they really did.
My favorite part of this story was when Jerman and his sister discover a hidden family secret. This secret helped everything make sense as to why certain people were the way they were. It also made me think that I should be more sympathetic to the people around me because I do not know what hidden battles they have faced. This book is the second in Barksdale’s Unlimited Love and Life: The Chronicles Series. It also happens to be the first one of hers that I have read. I enjoyed this story and hope to read the other book in her series soon.