August Book of the Month: 32 Candles

“This summer’s juiciest beach read. . . . Carter winds up this disarmingly moving tale with not one but many surprises, in which both Davie and you will win.” (Essence )

After seven days of nominations and seven days of votes castMocha Girls Read August’s book selection winner is 32 Candles by Mocha Girl Ernessa T. Carter.  Take a minute to see what this book and the author are all about.


32 Candles is the slightly twisted, utterly romantic, and deftly wry story of Davie Jones, who, if she doesn’t stand in her own way, just might get the man of her dreams.

Davie—an ugly duckling growing up in small-town Mississippi—is positive her life couldn’t be any worse. She has the meanest mother in the South, possibly the world, and on top of that, she’s pretty sure she’s ugly. Just when she’s resigned herself to her fate, she sees a movie that will change her life—Sixteen Candles. But in her case, life doesn’t imitate art. Tormented endlessly in school with the nickname “Monkey Night,” and hopelessly in unrequited love with a handsome football player, James Farrell, Davie finds that it is bittersweet to dream of Molly Ringwald endings. When a cruel school prank goes too far, Davie leaves the life she knows and reinvents herself in the glittery world of Hollywood—as a beautiful and successful lounge singer in a swanky nightclub.

Davie is finally a million miles from where she started—until she bumps into her former obsession, James Farrell. To Davie’s astonishment, James doesn’t recognize her, and she can’t bring herself to end the fantasy. She lets him fall as deeply in love with her as she once was with him. But is life ever that simple? Just as they’re about to ride off into the sunset, the past comes back with a vengeance, threatening to crush Davie’s dreams—and break her heart again.

With wholly original characters and a cinematic storyline, 32 Candles introduces Ernessa T. Carter, a new voice in fiction with smarts, attitude, and sassiness to spare.

Author Bio

Ernessa T. Carter has worked as an ESL teacher in Japan, a music journalist in Pittsburgh, a payroll administrator in Burbank, and a radio writer for American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest in Hollywood. Carter’s also a retired L.A. Derby Doll (roller derby). A graduate of Smith College and Carnegie Mellon University’s MFA program, and 32 Candles is her first novel. Find out more about the book and read her blog at

Author’s Website

Congratulations to Mocha Girl Ernessa T. Carter for becoming Mocha Girls Read book for the month for August 2012.

Feel free to leave comments and thoughts here as you are reading the book. I’m looking forward to reading this book and hearing what everyone thinks of it.

Keep the pages turning!

♥Mocha Girl Alysia♥

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  • Lord Davie my heart broke for you when you ran away from the mansion. Honey certain moments I wish I was there for you to fight your battles, but in the end I understood that you don’t always have to put your hands on someone to get a point across. 

    The chemistry between you and James, Lord have mercy! I laughed and it brought tears to my eyes. I can not tell a lie though, I would of never thought that even you were up to no good when you confessed. 

    Great job!!! Best book I read all summer. 

    Thank you!

    •  Nicole I would love to add your comment to the September newsletter.  If that is ok with you?  🙂

      • Wow!!!!

        I would be honored!!!!! Yes, please do.

      • I replied and I am not sure as to what happened.

        I pretty much said I would be honored. Never had something in a newsletter, or anything for that matter.

        Like I stated before, the book was a delight to read. @mocha girls read

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