As a big romance fan, I love love. I think its great when people are happy and in love with each other, and I just think it’s beautiful when things go right. But I do not like the hardships. Meaning, I don’t like abuse, trauma and I definitely don’t like cheaters! So imagine my surprise when Nia Forrester’s latest paints the picture of what happens when a girl falls for her roommate’s boyfriend!!?? Tf?
We don’t do that over here in Romance Land! We’ve got the Sista Circle, Girl Code, Chicks before D*cks, all of that! So in a way, when I went into this new one, I went in the mindset of, “Remind me why I’m rooting for her again?”
Not that Kinda Girl is Nia Forrester’s latest in the Short Series. Sidenote: They feel like full novels to me, but who am I to judge!? That just means her full novels will be really thick! But anyway, in this one, we meet Terri and Ian. Terri is a seemingly quiet college student. She doesn’t really have a lot of friends, she isn’t popular and she’s really about studying. She probably reads like a textbook nerd but I kinda get the vibe that she’s an awkward black girl without out the awkward. She kinda, regular. In a way that most people are. And Ian, of course, is not. He’s social, he’s popular, he’s handsome and he’s Terri’s roommates’ boyfriend.
And so one day, when Terri’s roommates goes home for the weekend, I guess Ian decides to shoot his shot. And then for four days they kinda pretend. Although they’d probably claim they didn’t, they really pretend like its sorta okay. They acknowledge the situation, but in reality, don’t really hold back. And so what happens when the weekend comes to an end, and the roommate comes back? What do you do with all that passion? The intimacy? The affection? The connection? Girlllll…Idk what to say.
So let me tell you why I liked it. I liked it because despite it being “wrong” it felt right. In a way, I hate justifying. So I won’t. But I really liked it. I rooted for Terri, and I felt like she deserved to win. The non-awkward regular Black girl deserved a win! So if there’s a way to frame how a love that seems wrong can be and in some ways is beautiful, it’s the quote at the beginning of the story:
“Sometimes love does not have the most honorable beginnings…” -Ann Patchett.
About the Author:
Nia Forrester lives and writes in Philadelphia, PA where, by day, she is an attorney working on public policy and by night, she crafts woman-centered fiction that examines the complexities of life, love and the human condition.