Book Review: “Platinum”

I’ve never done a book review on the site before, but I just finished Platinum by Aliya S. King & I had to give my thoughts on the book.  I’d heard great things about this book in the blogosphere  & on Twitter, so I picked it up from Amazon.

So what’s Platinum about?  Basically, being the wife of a rapper & the life it brings.  From the book jacket:

You only think you want this life . . .

Alex Maxwell is planning her wedding to up-and coming music artist Birdie, ghostwriting video vixen Cleopatra Wright’s memoir, and she’s just been assigned the story of the year by her editor in chief at a major music industry magazine—an article about the glamorous lives of women married to platinum-selling hip-hop artists. Alex has been interviewing celebrities and hangers-on long enough to know all that glitters isn’t gold, so she’s determined to get the real scoop. Still, it’s not going to be easy to get past the wives’ gilded cages. . .

Beth Saddlebrook, wife of aging rapper Z. They have three beautiful boys and a seemingly endless supply of cash. But Beth spends her days trying to keep Z off drugs and fielding calls from women hollering she’s just a “small-town white bitch” and claiming to be carrying Z’s baby. Only one person understands what she’s going through. . .

Kipenzi Hill, multiplatinum-selling R&B artist and Beth’s best friend. Her relationship with rap star and record label president Jake is an open secret in the industry. She knows Jake loves her, but he’d rather break up than publicly acknowledge it. Now she has learned that the newest (and much younger) R&B sensation Bunny has been signed to Jake’s label.

Josephine Bennett, wife to Jamaican singer and Überproducer Ras Bennett. Josephine doesn’t just want to spend her husband’s money, she wants to contribute. Her fashion company is finally starting to get media attention when her husband admits to something she’s suspected all along—he’s fallen in love with another woman.

Cleopatra Wright, every man’s dream girl, a video vixen with a story to tell and scores to settle. Cleo’s got that thing no one can put a finger on and no man (or woman) can resist. Some would call her evil or misguided or both, but Cleo always moves with a purpose and she’ll stop at nothing to get what she wants. . .

Alex realizes she may have more in common with these women than she’d like. What if this is a glimpse of how her life will be if Birdie finally gets signed to a major label? Stuck between her loyalty to this newfound sisterhood and her obligation to write the truth, Alex is forced to rethink everything she knows about work, friendship, and love.

I knew this book was gonna be good, but I had no idea HOW GOOD it was.  I read the first 13 pages and was HOOKED.  I literally could not put the book down.  I would have finished it the same night, but I have that pesky job that I had to go to.

Half the fun of reading the book is figuring out who the characters are based on.  Its easy to see storylines from the latest gossip blogs & tabloids in this book – Beyonce & Jay-Z, Chris Brown & Rihanna, DMX & his wife, Wyclef Jean & his wife, the list goes on & on.

Beyond the “who is she writing about?” factor, the actual writing is amazing.   Aliya S. King weaves a captivating story, and she truly has a way with words.  She allows the reader to get drawn into the story & experience everything with the characters.  You get to see various perspectives: from the wives who have been with their men since the very beginning, to the reporter who is wondering if she can handle being the wife of a rapper, to the video vixen who wants to share her story with the world.

I enjoyed how the storylines seemed to overlap & interconnect.  That helped with the continuity of the story & kept the reader from being confused & lost about what was going on.  Towards the end it looked like each storyline was going to be wrapped up neatly with a bow, like a sitcom, but Aliya S. King didn’t leave the reader with a predictable ending.

At 304 pages, Platinum is a quick entertaining read, with twists & turns that will leave the reader wanting a sequel.  I highly suggest that you pick it up.

  • Good review. A nice teaser without giving away too much. I may have to check this out on my down time. I’m searching for the real story that inspired this now…

  • I checked my mailbox today–my copy still hasn’t arrived! I can’t wait to read it! I need a new book too, I’m bored…