I wanted to shine a light on a writer whose work I’ve been in support of for the past couple of years: New York Times best-selling author Omar Tyree. If you’ve been following my blog, you might remember a previous book review on his 2015 novel, All Access. Well, I’ve recently finished another novel of his, entitled A Do Right Man, and I wanted to share my thoughts.
This story takes place between the late 80s and early 90s. Bobby Dallas, black radio-personality and Howard University graduate, is a young, handsome gentleman from North Carolina who is on a quest for love and success within his career. He experiences highs and lows with his personal and professional endeavors, like most of us in our 20s, but ultimately appreciates the learning process that eventually leads him to a life of happiness and fulfillment. And the fact that he stayed true to his “Do Right” mentality (I.E. Nice Guy Syndrome) makes his narrative even more special.
I enjoyed this book mainly because it mirrored my own story almost identically—scary, I know. Bobby’s personality seemed to be his strength and Achilles heel when it came to his relationships with women; he wasn’t a pushover but he wasn’t an assertive, take charge kind of guy either. And that left him in more “situationships” than he expected to be in, especially when he had all of the qualities that the women he dated claimed they wanted in a man. But I can’t say that he didn’t inadvertently cause some of his own headaches, which is reminiscent to the mistakes that I’ve made throughout my tenure as a young adult. As for his career, I wholeheartedly related to his struggles because the Mass Communications field, particularly in the new millennium, can be unbearably unstable if you don’t have a safety net.
One of the main points that I took from his story, however, is that divine intervention is real and whatever is meant to happen in your life will happen; personally and professionally.
I would like to encourage you all to check out Omar Tyree’s books as well as his website. His body of work also includes poetry, stage plays, and films. And I definitely look forward to seeing what the future holds for this brother.
Until Next Time…