Finding Jamaica

Romance - General
238 Pages
Reviewed on 09/30/2013
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Author Biography

Malcolm Frierson is an Assistant Professor of History, researching the politics of culture in the African American experience. He once dreamed of becoming a genetic engineer who would breed "super dogs," but the adult MF is a hopeless romantic whose fiction attracts many who enjoy the traditional fairy tale with modern twists. Malcolm's work tackles serious issues in entertaining fashion and offers positive, realisitic portrayals of African American life and culture. Born in Jackson, Mississippi, he has also lived in Houston, Miami, and New York. He currently resides in Memphis, and none of his middle school friends would believe he has no dogs. For more about the author, please visit

    Book Review

Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite

Sayvon Walker is a nice guy. A really nice guy who is finding out that the old adage about where nice guys finish just might be true after all. He’s had his heart broken three times in his life and all he wants is love. Meanwhile his married best friend and his famous brother seem to have more women than any one man should have. In Finding Jamaica we follow Sayvon on his quest to find a true and lasting love while Malcolm Frierson gives us a glimpse into the mind of the nice guy, the perpetual bachelor, and the cheater. While it would be easy to simply say that Sayvon’s problem is that he is a nice guy, the real problem is that the man is a doormat. He is just like the women who will do whatever is required when someone shows them a bit of attention and affection and it made Frierson’s tale refreshing.

It would be an understatement to say that Sayvon has awful taste in women, but he does. Malcolm Frierson does a wonderful job of illustrating the frustration his friend and brother feel at his desperate need for love. At times I wished I could reach through the page just to shake some sense into him. Unfortunately, his brother wasn’t any better and he is wrapped up in nobility as his type is wont to do. Finding Jamaica is a story of immense drama that is completely the creation of the characters. Sure, Sayvon wants to find love but he is in love with the notion of love rather than any one particular woman. This story reads more like a daytime drama than a romance, but there is enough drama and character flaws to keep you enthralled.