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4 guys and trouble
Major, Marcus.
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New York : Dutton, [2001]

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309 pages ; 22 cm
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Another hip and hilarious, sexy and wise novel about relationships-from the Blackboard bestselling author of Good Peoples.Best friends since their college days, Ibn, Colin, Michael, and Dexter share something unusual in common: Her name is Erika--"Bunches" to her friends. She's the kid sister of a friend who died, and the four buddies have promised to look out for her. But now she's all grown up--a twenty-four-year-old knockout of a medical student who's arousing some not-so-sisterly feelings in the brothers. When one of them acts on those feelings, they will all--including Erika--discover how far they're willing to go in the name of friendship, loyalty, and love. The result is this savvy, entertaining novel filled with the wit, humor, and right-on observations about contemporary relationships that distinguished Good Peoples.Four Guys and Trouble is the irresistible follow-up to Marcus Major's acclaimed debut novel--and one certain to win this gifted author a wealth of captivated new readers.

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A former middle school teacher, Marcus Major is the author of "Good Peoples", which debuted at #4 on the Blackboard bestseller list & was included in Barnes & Noble's Discover Great New Writers program. He lives in southern New Jersey.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

When four young men make a pledge to their dying fraternity brother to take care of his little sister, Bunches, a delightful story unfolds. Each of these successful African American men takes his responsibility as a brother seriously, giving gifts and advice as well as compliments and scolding. As Bunches matures from their friend's little sister into a young woman, the men find it increasingly difficult to accept her independence. Ibn, the consummate lady's man, learns the hard way that the old double standard is only true for those who choose to believe it. Colin, the henpecked boyfriend, is dating a woman who uses negative energy to keep him in line. Michael, the romantic nice guy, rekindles a relationship with a college friend. Dexter, the man with the plan, is stopped in his tracks when his girlfriend becomes pregnant. But most central to all their lives is Bunches, the little sister that each of them loves. But, of course, she has to make her own love choices--even if all the "boys" do not agree. --Lillian Lewis

Publisher's Weekly Review

If you guessed Major's (Good Peoples) second novel would be just another "brotha-friend" saga, you guessed right but it's one of the better entries in the genre, crafted with a sense of style, insight, fun and a twist. A typical cast of four African-American male buddies live in a hothouse of sex, temptation, betrayal and false machismo. The friends Colin, Mike, Dexter and Ibn are a cross-section of black manhood, each with his own strengths and weaknesses, most of the latter manifested in their relationships with women. The young men have sworn to look after Erika, sister of a recently deceased friend, but lust lurks just below the surface as the 24-year-old medical student comes into her own as a woman. Ibn, the womanizer of the group, is comfortably established with his lover, Tiffany, in an exclusive neighborhood yet his roving eye keeps getting him into trouble. Health-conscious Dexter has found God after getting his steady, Denise, pregnant, and prays steadfastly for a miscarriage. The other two guys, Colin and Mike, are seeking to solve problems with their relationships as well, wondering if their pals are right to tease them about their timid ways with women. Major, unlike many of his fellow writers, is careful to pepper his melodrama with thoughtful discussions of serious contemporary social issues such as unwanted pregnancies and parental responsibility, making his points without excessive preaching. Entertaining, hip and charming but often as sexist as its title and slight where it shouldn't be Major's sophomore effort works best when he takes the reader into his characters' inner worlds and relies less on extended dialogue. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved