Ebony LaDelle’s “Love Radio” is reminiscent of 90’s Black romance movies.
It’s a book about an unexpected Black teen love between characters Prince and Dani. Seventeen year old Prince gives out love advice to his peers on a segment during a radio show. His dream is to become a DJ because of the impact of music in his life. He’s trying to balance taking care of a sick mother and little brother. When he decides to pursue Dani, he realizes he doesn’t have all the answers when it comes to love.
Skeptical of love (despite her parents’ shining example of a marriage) and aspiring author Dani is only focused on trying to finish her college essay during her senior year of high school. Something happened to her at a party that is keeping her from concentrating. When Prince comes along, she makes it clear that she doesn’t need another distraction from her dreams either. With a plan to woo her with three dates, Prince learns that it’s easier to give love advice than to put it into action.
With Prince’s love of songs and Dani’s love of words, this book will captivate the hearts of music and book lovers alike because of the many references to legends. LaDelle is legendary in her own right with this hard to put down young adult book.
Review by: DeKeshia Horne
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Prince Jones is the guy with all the answers–or so it seems. After all, at seventeen, he has his own segment on Detroit’s popular hip-hop show, Love Radio, where he dishes out advice to the brokenhearted.
Prince has always dreamed of becoming a DJ and falling in love. But being the main caretaker for his mother, who has multiple sclerosis, and his little brother means his dreams will stay just that and the only romances in his life are the ones he hears about from his listeners.
Until he meets Dani Ford.
Dani isn’t checking for anybody. She’s focused on her plan: ace senior year, score a scholarship, and move to New York City to become a famous author. But her college essay keeps tripping her up and acknowledging what’s blocking her means dealing with what happened at that party a few months ago.
And that’s one thing Dani can’t do.
When the romantic DJ meets the ambitious writer, sparks fly. Prince is smitten, but Dani’s not looking to get derailed. She gives Prince just three dates to convince her that he’s worth falling for.
Three dates for the love expert to take his own advice, and just maybe change two lives forever.