Flyy Girl

Essay by PaperNerd ContributorHigh School, 10th grade November 2001

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Flyy Girl" by Omar Tyree was a bittersweet novel about Tracy Ellison, a young girl with knockout looks, slanted hazel eyes, tall hair, and attitude, as she comes of age during the hip-hop era. Motivated by the material life, Tracy, her friends, and the young men who will do anything to get next to them are plunged into a world of violence, gratuitous sex, and heartbreak. Slowly, Tracy begins to examine her life, her goals, and her sexuality-- as she evolves from a "Flyy Girl" into a woman. A captivating tale, written with fluid narrative and contemporary dialect, "Flyy Girl" captures the complete feel and sounds of the streets and is destined to become an urban classic. I think the book "Flyy Girl" was great. I was 14 years old and as growing up as a teen, I feel this book was bomb.

I don't think many parents would appreciate this book as much as teens my age or until about the age 18. I read this book and couldn't put it down. I could relate to the book, not because I did the things Tracy did (and y'all know what I mean), but simply because I could relate with the struggles Tracy, along with her friends, dealt with while growing up. I read the previous reviews and I realized many of the parents that read the book "Flyy Girl" didn't enjoy it as much. I mainly feel they felt that way because they're not teens anymore or they just couldn't reminisce like other parents or teens at this age can. But the reviews that came from teens who had read the book was saying' how much the book was BANGIN! And I was agreeing' with them. But all the parents who read the other books written by Omar Tyree, such as "A Do Right Man" and "Single Mom", loved the book and wrote about how much they could relate to the book. Then the teens who the read those books wrote about how Tyree didn't do such a good job on the novel. So people (or parents in general), STOP HATIN'!. Just 'cause y'all can't relate to the book doesn't mean the book wasn't good. And teens, if y'all would agree with me, Mister Tyree needs to make some more "teen related" books. "Flyy Girl" has become my favorite book and I've read it more than once. It was great to read a book I could relate to. Although I couldn't relate to the other books written by Tyree (like "A Do Right Man" and "Single Mom" along with "Sweet St. Louis) doesn't mean they weren't good. When peeps ask me how the books listed above were, I don't say they weren't good, I just tell 'em that they won't enjoy it as much because there's no relation with the book and you. But I know, as I get older and mature, I will be able to relate to the book just as much as the other parents at this age could relate to it.