"I was young, but that's not really an excuse. I was hanging out with a mostly male beer-drinking crowd, and raunchy, sexist 'jokes' were one of the conversational norms. Not that it's right to tell those kind of 'jokes' anywhere, but I just got used to it in that crowd, and I guess I lost perspective of how inappropriate they were.
The duo performed regularly in clubs in Birmingham, Alabama in 1966. After Scott was seriously injured in an auto accident, Carter continued as a solo singer, and recorded for the Fame label. In 1967 he recorded "Tell Daddy", which reached number 35 on the Billboard R&B chart and inspired Etta James' answer record, "Tell Mama", for which Carter was credited as writer. At the end of 1967, Carter joined Atlantic Records. He then began a string of hits on the R&B and pop charts, starting with "Slip Away" (number 2 R&B, number 6 pop), which has been described as "a superior cheating ballad spotlighting his anguished, massive baritone alongside the remarkably sinuous backing of Fame's exemplary backing band", and "Too Weak To Fight" (number 3 R&B, number 13 pop). Both of the preceding Atlantic singles were certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. At the end of 1968, he had a seasonal pop hit with the raunchy and funky "Back Door Santa" (number 4 Christmas pop), and toured nationally. His backing singers included Candi Staton; they married in 1970 and produced a son, Clarence Carter Jr., before divorcing in 1973.
Ugly Love is a book that does contain some heavy themes and triggers, so I do issue a caution warning to potential readers. The content was covered sensitively in my eyes and although it was upsetting to read, I was able to push past this and value the true story behind this title. Hoover handles the progression of this story and the linked love situation well, which is thanks to her very clear writing direction and engaging cast. I appreciated the alternating form of narration and I really clicked with the past narrative involving the male lead, Miles. I could see that Hoover was building to a crushing crescendo involving the reason why Miles is such a damaged man. When the big reveal finally arrived I felt winded. What a shocking turn of events! The high emotion of this tale, which is almost like a rollercoaster at times, is offset by some raunchy moments between Tate and Miles. Ugly Love is definitely a heavy one in terms of the sizzle content!
Step two: Paraphrase. Seven kids are playing pool at a joint called The Golden Shovel. They think they're cool. They're skipping school and getting into all sorts of trouble such as drinking and singing raunchy songs. They don't expect to grow up. 2b1af7f3a8