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Tami Porter-Jones was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. She studied Computer Science at the University of Utah and worked in that field for nearly a decade before taking a hiatus from life and pursuing her passion for writing. She wrote Words Like Forever, because it was the type of book she wanted to read. She has lived in several different parts of the United States as well as Manchester, England. Recently, she moved back to Salt Lake City, Utah and spends her time fighting for human equality and women's equality, when she is not writing. She also has recently developed an interest in slam poetry.
She volunteers at the Utah Pride Center, attends rallies and tells anyone who will listen about the importance of voting.
There are two sequels to Words Like Forever currently underway.
on June 14, 2012 :
Light. Smart. Funny. Like catching up with your best friend.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on June 12, 2012 :
Chick Lit? What the hell is Chick Lit?? I don't know, but I like this book.
My first read was cursory. I only wanted the gist of the story and its characters. Fine, got it, not my genre, but the prose is strikingly poignant, often elegant and delicate, peppered with juvenile antics (Chick Lit?) and poetic. Okay, worthy of a second read.
I got up early the next day, brewed a pot of coffee, and settled in:
Many of the main characters are introduced right away via scenes and dialogue that will surely resonate with the reader. Brilliant. Dante, the lead character, presents as an incredibly self-absorbed, brash, and largely aimless twenty-something year old with few ambitions outside of getting laid (hey, it's a good life if you can live it!). But don't be fooled., she is much more than these descriptors. I liked her in the beginning, and loved her in the end. You might too.
The supporting characters are interesting with complimentary challenges of their own. I especially like the men in Dante's life. She relies on them quite a bit, and why not? They are warm, smart, funny, and invested in her well-being. We should all be so lucky. Kat, on the other hand, the love interest in the story, is underdeveloped for me. I'm simply not given enough background information to understand the depth of relationship between her and Dante. Their relationship feels too safe, too timid, almost estranged. I want much more tenderness between them. I want, I want, well, just more. I mean, its peppered throughout the story, but she IS the story. And, who is she? Maybe in the next book? I hope so.
Finally, your impulse might be to read through this book quickly, but don't do it! Slow down, find a comfy place, snuggle up, and meld into the well-written dialogue and poetic prose. Brew some coffee, or pour some wine, and savor the conversation(s). This is the heart and soul of the book. This is where you will find Dante.
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)
on June 12, 2012 :
Really loved it, I'm not exactly great at writing reviews but i'll write out the parts that stood out to me the most.
The characters in the story are very well written out, they're genuinely interesting, though of course there are instances where I was thinking, 'wow! how dense can she be?', but it fit pretty well into the character's personalities so it didn't bug me too much.
The story is very good, I don't read very often, infact, the last book I read was probably years ago, but I enjoy a good story, and this one kept me wanting more. I actually stayed up until 5am reading this on the first night. Though I loved the story, I felt the ending came too quickly, I was kinda left wanting more at the end.
Those two points were definently the strongest impressions the book left me with, and I had to think pretty hard to find the only weakness I felt about it, descriptions. I hate to say it, but there were very few 'physical' descriptions about the locations and characters. My imagination isn't what it used to be, so I had trouble imaging what the characters looked like, and even where they were. The character descriptions I didn't mind so much, I kind of crafted images from the few details put in, and from their personalities, but the locations, were completely blank. I have no idea where this story took place, I kind of imagined a rural area, but thats the best I could do. I didnt really even have a grasp of what time of the year, or climate it was.
It might sound like I didn't like the book that much because of the lack of environmental description, but thats completely opposite of what I thought of it. The characters and story made this book a very enjoyable read, I hope the author decides to continue with other works.
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)
on June 06, 2012 :
The main character is smart and sassy. People, rather than work, are the backbone of her life. She exposes her weaknesses and struts her stuff anyway.
There are chuckles throughout the book and a couple of laugh-out-loud places.
If you're looking for a lesbian story without graphic erotica, this is one to read and I highly recommend it. I'll be interested in what other people think and will check back occasionally to see.
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)