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Reviewed by Jennifer Ibiam for Readers' Favorite
You Don’t Want to Get Married by Latesha Kellam is a romance novel that will appeal to young adults. It follows the life of Jasmine, a smart IT consultant, who fell in love with Denzel, a single father. Their shared passion was clear, but his children, ex, and family kept creating hiccups in their relationship. Also, Denzel wanted everything on a platter without lifting a finger to work. Dissatisfied with how he treated her and the situation of their relationship, she sought a job far away from him. She wanted to start life afresh. However, Denzel didn’t want her to leave because he “loved” her, and she was more or less his cash cow. He did something drastic to keep her, which either made or marred their relationship.
You Don’t Want to Get Married by Latesha Kellam is a thought-provoking and engaging read. It’s an alternative romance novel that sheds light on the many mistakes that people make in relationships because they fear loneliness. The characters are relatable, and the plot is realistic, as we see in today’s world. I went through different emotions while reading this book; the first of which was anger at Jasmine. Often, we see the red flags, but keep making excuses for the shortcomings of other people. Sometimes we are plagued with the Messiah complex, thinking we can change the people in our lives. Unfortunately, we may drown with them if we’re not careful. I appreciate Latesha’s approach to this sensitive topic through her enthralling writing style and character development. I loved this book and can’t wait to read more from her.