Just My Type was my first read by Synithia Williams and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed the story. Janiyah Henderson believes she has the ideal life after college. She works as a virtual assistant where she sets her own hours and spends her earnings freely. She feels she has accomplished the American dream, that of having very little responsibility and living across from her brother’s best friend. Her quest for independence is evident, however, she lacks the drive to obtain knowledge of current events and comes across as a “joke” to others.
When a family meeting is called and her father tells her she is unable to handle a real job, Janiyah does what any person would do, she set out to prove him wrong. She is tired of people not taking her seriously and strives to rectify the situation. In steps Fredrick Jenkins, Janiyah’s next door neighbor and her brother’s best friend. He has been around for years and Janiyah has secretly been in love with him since high school. Janiyah seeks employment at Fredrick’s accounting firm and also tries to gain access to his heart. Does she succeed? Readers will need to pick up a copy of Just My Type to find out.
Ms. Williams did a great job with the character development of both Janiyah and Fredrick. Janiyah’s character did appear to be flighty and impulsive whereas Fredrick was the laid back, conservative next door neighbor. These two were total opposites, but the attraction was apparent on both sides. Fredrick worked very hard to not act on that attraction because of some issues he was dealing with and the fact that Janiyah was his best friend’s sister.
There are a few scenes in the book that will have readers laughing as well as shaking their heads. They each have issues they must work to resolve and overcome before they realize their feelings. The story flowed very well and will keep readers’ interest in the outcome of this couple’s journey. Overall, a good read.
-Reviewed by Deborah