Color Outside the Lines – Why must anthologies always make me sad?

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Publication date :  November 12th 2019

Publisher : Soho Teen

Genre : Young Adult | Anthology

Page Count: 312

Synopsis : This modern, groundbreaking YA anthology explores the complexity and beauty of interracial and LGBTQ+ relationships where differences are front and center.
When people ask me what this anthology is about, I’m often tempted to give them the complicated answer: it’s about race, and about how being different from the person you love can matter but how it can also not matter, and it’s about Chinese pirate ghosts, black girl vigilantes, colonial India, a flower festival, a garden of poisons, and so, so much else. Honestly, though? I think the answer’s much simpler than that. Color outside the Lines is a collection of stories about young, fierce, brilliantly hopeful people in love.

—Sangu Mandanna, editor of Color outside the Lines
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Daisy Jones and the Six – has a lot of potential it didn’t live up to

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Publication date : March 5th, 2019

Publisher : Ballentine Books

Genre : Adult | Historical Fiction

Page Count: 368

Synopsis : Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now.
Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.
Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.
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Outrun the Moon -A Story of tragedy bringing people together

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Publication date : May 24th, 2016


Publisher : Penguin Random House

Genre : Young Adult | Historical Fiction

Page Count: 391

Synopsis : San Francisco, 1906: Fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong is determined to break from the poverty in Chinatown, and an education at St. Clare’s School for Girls is her best hope. Although St. Clare’s is off-limits to all but the wealthiest white girls, Mercy gains admittance through a mix of cunning and a little bribery, only to discover that getting in was the easiest part. Not to be undone by a bunch of spoiled heiresses, Mercy stands strong—until disaster strikes. Continue reading

The Black God’s Drums – Alt-history Afro-futuristic literary goodness

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Publication date : August 21st, 2018

Publisher :

Genre : Adult | Historical Fiction/sci-fi

Page Count: 211

Synopsis : Creeper, a scrappy young teen, is done living on the streets of New Orleans. Instead, she wants to soar, and her sights are set on securing passage aboard the smuggler airship Midnight Robber. Her ticket: earning Captain Ann-Marie’s trust using a secret about a kidnapped Haitian scientist and a mysterious weapon he calls The Black God’s Drums.

But Creeper keeps another secret close to heart–Oya, the African orisha of the wind and storms, who speaks inside her head and grants her divine powers. And Oya has her own priorities concerning Creeper and Ann-Marie… (from Goodreads) Continue reading

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – The One Book I will Never Recover From

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Publication date : June 13th, 2017


Publisher : Atria Books

Genre : Adult | Historical Fiction

Page Count: 391

Synopsis : Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?
Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.
Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds through the decades—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.
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Under a Painted Sky – Two runaway girls, a sisterhood, a family.

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Publication date : February 11th, 2017goodreads

Publisher : Penguin Random House

Genre : Young Adult | Historical Fiction

Page Count : 384

Synopsis : Missouri, 1849: Samantha dreams of moving back to New York to be a professional musician—not an easy thing if you’re a girl, and harder still if you’re Chinese. But a tragic accident dashes any hopes of fulfilling her dream, and instead, leaves her fearing for her life. With the help of a runaway slave named Annamae, Samantha flees town for the unknown frontier. But life on the Oregon Trail is unsafe for two girls, so they disguise themselves as Sammy and Andy, two boys headed for the California gold rush. Sammy and Andy forge a powerful bond as they each search for a link to their past, and struggle to avoid any unwanted attention. But when they cross paths with a band of cowboys, the light-hearted troupe turn out to be unexpected allies. With the law closing in on them and new setbacks coming each day, the girls quickly learn that there are not many places to hide on the open trail.
This beautifully written debut is an exciting adventure and heart-wrenching survival tale. But above all else, it’s a story about perseverance and trust that will restore your faith in the power of friendship.
From Goodreads)

Rating : 5 stars

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Before reading this book, I hadn’t read a historical fiction in the LONGEST time and I really missed it so you can imagine how excited I was to finally pick it up. Plus, I had never read a book about the California Gold rush so that doubled my excitement. And this book truly exceeded all the expectations I had for it which were already high considering a friend whose opinion I trust had read and loved it. And now I love it too. No, I adore it, so so much. AH!

The writing is breathtakingly beautiful. It’s refined and gorgeous and I could feel how much loss and grief Samantha was feeling just from the way the emotions were weaved through the narration. The narrative feels very personal, as if I were reading someone’s journal especially since it’s filled with the MC’s beliefs and superstitions as well as the way she sees the others and feels about them. I just honestly couldn’t get enough of the writing, it had me hooked. The little bits that made me double up are some french translations that were wrong gender wise.

I don’t think I will stop talking about the writing if something doesn’t stop me, the descriptions are just mezmerizing, the way the Oregon trail is described made me feel as if I were there, it’s so vivid and detailed. The author also uses the opportunity given by the time period to unpack racist, sexist stereotypes as well as slavery. This was not only done through the girls’ experiences along their travels but also throughout active dialogue between the two, discussing the anti-blackness Andy (Annamae) is subject to and how each one of them experiences racism differently.

Under a Painted Sky wasn’t what I expected it to be, in the best way possible. It is one of the most heartbreaking but also hopeful stories I’ve ever read. That’s how I came out of reading it, filled with hope for the characters as well as genuinely happy, which wasn’t the case for the biggest chunk of the book. understandably. Samantha, the main characters, and Anna mae are fugitives so you can imagine how full of hardships and obstacles their journey must be but through it all, they had each other, from start to finish.

I truly didn’t realize how much I was loving the book until I had to put it down and go to sleep but found myself not wanting to. The only critique I can give about the book is that a bit of the ending was a bit rushed. As a whole, it was just like I wanted it to be and I was extremely satisfied but I would’ve liked certain events that led up to that point to be more elaborated. I’m not complaining much though, because as I said before the ending made me feel very happy and hopeful because in a way left open so I could imagine that these characters that I came to love and care for will be okay no matter what.

This book has one of the best friendships I’ve ever read, such a tight-knitted, precious relationship. In fact, it felt like more than a friendship, some sort of unbreakable bond that’s created only by having just the only person to count on and trusting them with your life. Sammy and Andy were like sisters by the end of the book and seeing that develop and unfold was beautiful and touching. The girls had each other’s backs no matter what and could understand each other beyond words.

The characters all have a single thing in common, which is loss. They’ve all lost something or someone that they haven’t really gotten over, and that thought was heartbreaking and made me forget that in fact, they are teenagers or barely adults (although, in that time period, people grew up faster and 16 then isn’t the same as 16 now). There was just so much hurt, life experience and wisdom in all of them than I couldn’t help but get attached to every single one of them.

I loved Samantha, she may come off as dull and boring at the start of the book but I think that was done on purpose, because with the development she goes through, she blooms and grows more and more confident. She’s actually very smart and resourceful. Annamae came across to me as an old soul, she’s so full of knowledge and like she had to age before her time came (understandably), she has a sort of quiet strengh and determination embed in her that made her my favorite.

Peety, West and Cay were unexpectedly amazing. When I first started reading, I thought they’d be just ephemeral, people they’d meet along the way and that’s it. But then, when I realized they were there to stay, I worried about them not having depth and being there just for the sake of the girls having companions not as wholesome people but I was wrong and I’m glad I was. The cowboys are amazing, each one of them crafted with depth and attention to make them as real as possible through Sammy’s eyes. I loved how they brought this sort of lightness to the story because they loved to tease and joke around. The banter between them and the girls flowed nicely and naturally and I found myself giggling quite a few times. By the end of the story, all five of them made up their own little family on the road.

I’d recommend this book to everyone, reading it was an amazing, emotional journey that you don’t want to miss out on, full of thoughtful and thought provoking discussions that will leave you thinking about it well after you finish it.

That’s it until next time.

Did you read Under a Painted Sky? If so, what did you think?

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.


The Orphan’s Tale – Where a Circus is the last Thread of Hope


Publication date : February 21st, 2017goodreads

Publisher : Harlequin / MIRA

Genre : Adult | Historical Fiction

Page Count: 368

Synopsis : Seventeen-year-old Noa has been cast out in disgrace after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier during the occupation of her native Holland. Heartbroken over the loss of the baby she was forced to give up for adoption, she lives above a small German rail station, which she cleans in order to earn her keep.  

When Noa discovers a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish infants, unknown children ripped from their parents and headed for a concentration camp, she is reminded of the baby that was taken from her. In a moment that will change the course of her life, she steals one of the babies and flees into the snowy night, where she is rescued by a German circus. 

The circus owner offers to teach Noa the flying trapeze act so she can blend in undetected, spurning the resentment of the lead aerialist, Astrid. At first rivals, Noa and Astrid soon forge a powerful bond. But as the facade that protects them proves increasingly tenuous, Noa and Astrid must decide whether their unlikely friendship is enough to save one another—or if the secrets that burn between them will destroy everything. (From Goodreads)

Rating : 4 stars

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*I received an Arc of this book from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*

(No Spoilers)

I’ve had this book for quite a few months now, waiting for the release date to get closer so that I could read it but then came December and it was still two months until the release and it has SNOW on the cover, I just felt in the right mood for it, being on a Historical fiction streak and all, so I read it. The most accurate word for me to describe this book is: Real. The stories, the feelings, the ending. Just, everything felt so real and raw and I absolutely loved that, albeit it ultimately crushed me.

There is no arguing it, the writing in this is beautiful. It is so simple yet hold a lot of emotion and meaning to it, weaving perfectly between 2 POVs that were so similar yet very different from each other. Just so you know, this is a slow book,  but not in a bad way, it was a really nice change and just the pace it needed, though if you don’t like books like that you might not like this one because it tends to get pretty repetitive as the characters settle into a routine.

The Orphan’s Tale (which is a brilliant title for this book) starts with a prologue of which I didn’t see the added value at first, actually I didn’t see it throughout the whole novel, but then as I reached the epilogue everything made perfect sense and it was such a clever thing to do, starting the novel that way. The epilogue’s events come right after the prologue’s so it not only flows smoothly but it also ties the loose ends and gives each character an ending.

What first made me want to read this book is the circus element during the WWII period, it was such a unique concept and I expected it somehow to have some magic in the midst of all the horror (I don’t know how) BUT it wasn’t, it leaned more towards the technical aspects of the circus (especially the trapeze) as well as the general life in it, it being not as exciting as everyone expects to be. Which was as interesting in my opinion, there was a routine, some animosities, etc… What was most peculiar about the circus element, it that once people come to watch the show, time freezes and they forget about the war for a little while, it’s like it is the last thread of hope everyone hold on to. Even the performers.

As I said in the beginning, this is a heartbreaking story, as one is expected to be when it is set during WWII in France (and a bit of it in Germany). There is no light at the end of the tunnel, at least not for all characters, things get so brutal and harsh that some of the characters lose all hope and do some drastic things. And the worst of it is that it is inspired by real events, the author drew pilars of the story from things that happened to actual people, which she had found while doing her research. One last thing that I really appreciated about this book is that the author made sure to remind us that even in time of war people die of other things than the war, which I personally tend to forget because the war just consumes everything.

Now onto the characters. But to be honest, I don’t feel comfortable calling them that because they felt so much like real people that I literally felt uneasy saying they were characters. My brain works in weird ways. I know.

Noa is a 17 year old girl who is “perfect” by the Reich’s standard but after becoming pregnant she’s chassed out of her parents’ house and has to survive on her own. What first stricked me about her is how brave and tenacious she is, having trouble feeding herself and still saving a little baby from the Nazis’ claws. And as the story progresses, she only grows more mature and confident. The thing that bothered me in the whole book is how her romance with french guy Luc (whose name is Lucienne which is a french girl’s name, oups. Lucien would be the boy equivalent) was introduced, it was so rushed and felt so out of place especially when after only two meetings they confessed their love to each other.

Astrid is the older one. She’s a jewish woman in her late 30s whom the war hit hard, she lost everything because of it and the circus was her shelter. She is such a resilient woman and I truely admired her for all she was. She seems like a cold-hearted, harsh person at first but as the story progresses we get to know her and how big her heart is.Now, HER relationship with Peter I absolutely adored. Giving the precariousness of their situation, they lived in the moment because there was no future to be had in that period, which really showed in their interactions and intimate moments. It was passion mixed with fear and urgency.

I LOVED Astrid and Noa’s relationship. It was very improbable because of their rocky start as well as the age gap. They came to be friends, a family to each other and at the end everything they had left in the world. Astrid became like a mother figure to Noa, soothing her, chasticising her, baring with her endless amount of questions.

I truely loved this book and  I would recommend it to any Historical Fiction lover like myself who wants to learn a little more about the WWII time period while diving into a well executed, unique premise.

That’s it until next time.

Did you read The Orphan’s Tale? If so, what did you think?

Did it break your heart as much as it did mine?

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.


The Conversations we Never Had – Where an Old Lady gave me A History Lesson


Publication date : May 3rd, 2016goodreads

Publisher : Outskirt Press

Genre : Non-Fiction | Historical Fiction

Page Count: 208

Synopsis : This is the dream of a grandson, who had taken his grandmother for granted, to have a second chance, the opportunity to learn about his family from the only person in the world who knew them, who remembered them. My father remembers nothing about his real parents for they were dead by the time he was nine. Olga, his mother’s younger sister, survived the Holocaust, found my father hiding on a farm in Poland and later brought him to America to raise as her own. He never asked her any questions about his parents. Though I later moved in with Olga for a period of time, I repeated history and never asked her the questions my father never asked. Olga has been gone for more than twenty years, along with everything she could have told me, leaving me with a sense of guilt and profound regret. The Conversations We Never Had is a chronicle of my time spent with Grandma “Ola” and tells the stories she might have shared had I asked the questions. (From Goodreads)

Rating: 3.5 stars

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*I was provided a copy of this book by the author and Book Publicity Services in exchange of an honest review* 

(No Spoilers)

If you guys know anything about me, you know that I don’t usually read non-fiction, it is just not something that draws my attention or captivates me. But this book made the cut simply because of the Historical Fiction part of it, and that is one of my favorite genres expecially when it is about the period around WWII, that is a time period that fascinates me and I’ll never get tired of reading books set then. But because of the fact that Conversations is non-fiction, 2 things happened:

  1. I went in very sceptical and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it
  2. I don’t know how to properly review it (Hello non-fiction Newbie!)

Anyway, let’s do this! The writing is my least favorite part of it all, not that it’s bad or anything. It is a style common to a lot of non-fiction and one I don’t personally enjoy because it is mostly this happened and I did this and that, and can drag quite a bit when you don’t like it. One other thing that annoyed me is how lengthy and unnecessary some of the descriptions are. I am not even kidding or exaggerating, somewhere around the beginning I got 2 pages of the author describing AN APPARTMENT, just why? I don’t see why it is relevant to the story in this case.

Luckily, the book is mostly one giant dialogue which would’ve bothered me in any other circumstances but it worked with what the other was trying to achieve. History was told in a conversational tone, like if I my grandma was really telling me about her past experiences and that kept me captivated through the book and I didn’t feel bored whatsoever. I wish all my history lessons were taught this way!

The concept is original as well. The author explores the What ifs of his own life, some regrets that he cannot fix. What if he had taken advantage of the time he had with Grandma Ola? What if she had told him all about her life as well as his biological grand-parents lives? And from there on, he threads a story -with the help of actual facts he had from his grandma’s past as well as history- of what she might have told him if he had taken the time to sit with her and listen to her. What he comes up with is such a poignant, raw story of a Holocaust surviver. And the research he did on the matter really showed through the pages of the book.

The author imagines what his grandma’s life might have been like from when she was a little girl until she moved to America looking for a fresh start. And that ranges from her relationship with the people in her life to what might have been her horrifying survival story. In my opinion, he manages to translate the terrifying situations greatly.

“Can you imagine your father, a little boy, hiding like that, knowing that a sneeze of a cough at the wrong time could be the end of him?”

“This was one of the most terrifying things to do in thoses days, to run from a German soldier with your back to him; you never knew whether the next step would be your last. This was a world where people could kill you at anytime and for nothing. Nothing.”

The author uses this opportunity to explore Jewish values, customs and beliefs in different fields. Like for exemple, why they prefered marrying other Jews, why they choose to learn crafts and do jobs where they didn’t have to depend on anyone. And so on and so forth. Another thing I really appreciated is how this book gives life lessons implicitely. On love, marriage, social interactions, personal growth, privilege, judging people etcetera etcetera.

All in all, I would recommend this book to everyone, especially if you’re interested in learning about the Holocaust, as well as what life before and after. It is an enjoyable, quick and informative read.

That’s it until next time.

Did you read The Conversations we never had? If so, what did you think?

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.


Blood for Blood – The Book that squeezed my Heart into Dust

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Publication date : November 1st, 2016goodreads

Publisher : Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Genre : Young Adult | Historical Fiction

Page Count: 481

Synopsis : There would be blood.
Blood for blood.
Blood to pay.
An entire world of it.
For the resistance in 1950s Germany, the war may be over, but the fight has just begun.
Death camp survivor Yael, who has the power to skinshift, is on the run: the world has just seen her shoot and kill Hitler. But the truth of what happened is far more complicated, and its consequences are deadly. Yael and her unlikely comrades dive into enemy territory to try to turn the tide against the New Order, and there is no alternative but to see their mission through to the end, whatever the cost.
But dark secrets reveal dark truths, and one question hangs over them all: how far can you go for the ones you love?
This gripping, thought-provoking sequel to Wolf by Wolf will grab readers by the throat with its cinematic writing, fast-paced action, and relentless twists.
(From Goodreads)

Rating : 5 stars


(No Spoilers)

So… The wait for this book has ended and I. AM. BROKEN. I know I kept ranting since I finished Wolf by Wolf but I WASN’T READY FOR THIS. Blood for Blood was equally brilliant and horrifying. I loved it as much as I hated it. It not only lived up to all the expectations I had built up for it, it also exceeded them by a lot. I.. I just feel like I have so much to say that I will be struggling to write this review because I am destroyed and heartbroken and sad. But I also feel happy because of how everything wrapped up even though I want more of these characters.

This book is 100% different from the first. Story wise which I’ll get into later but also some aspects of the writing. What’s similar is the feeling it conveys, it is as intense, if not more than in the first book, I felt it in my gut, twisting my heart and stomach in all kinds of way. The chapters are short which helped me fly through the book like no other. Now what’s different is that instead of having everything from Yael’s point of view we mainly have 3 POVs (with some other popping up here and there). Yael, Luka and Felix. And that I appreciated because it gave me a more rounded perspective and a clearer view of what was happening and when it was happening.

As its prequel, Blood for Blood goes back and forth between our characters’ present and their past with very well placed flashbacks that allowed me to get to know the characters a lot better, especially Felix and Luka and how they were shaped into the people they were during that period.

The story picks up a few minutes before Wolf by Wolf’s ending from Luka’s POV so we get to see things from the outside, so when Yael jumps, he follows and the action picks up -to never slow down. In the first book we don’t get to experience WWII much because it’s mostly the Axis Tour, so it’s mostly a competition but in this one we get to see the full impact that Hitler’s win had on the world, it’s was destroyed, angry, robbed of all freedom. The things happening were terrifying and heartbreaking. Ryan Graudin doesn’t chew on her words and portrays war in such a detailed, raw way that I was really impressed with all the research she must have done to have such a mind-blowing result.

Here, our MCs are essentially on the run so imagine how action packed that is. And multiply it by 10 to have it how it REALLY is. It was seriously unputdownable, I stayed up really late at night reading and read it every chance I got during the day which I don’t normally do. It is also unpredictable. When picking the book up, I imagined A LOT of ways it could go them, but none of them were the actual thing. It is so intricate and well thought out that I don’t think it is possible for anyone to predict the course of things from the beginning.

I also loved the book for the strong relationships it was built on, from romantic ones to friendships and family bonds (not just blood-family). Some characters were made stronger because of them, some others weak. Not only that but it has amazing women as leaders and I LOVED that, Yael, Henrika, the soviet commander (I can’t say her name because that is kind of a big spoiler).

Yael is as kick-ass as ever but she was vulnerable as well, which was a very interesting side of her to get to know. She was doubting herself and her decision as if she was just realizing that the future of the world was depending on her. I will never say this enough, she is one of my top 2 favorites female characters and I don’t think she’ll ever be detroned, she’s just too amazing for it. The other POVs made me realize just how intimidating and mysterious she seemed from the outside which a gave me a fresh side to look at her from.

I LOVE LUKA, YOU GUYS!!! He completely won me over in this book. He’s so cocky, sexy and snarky, even when it’s inappropriate and I think that his humour is what kept everyone sane when things got rough. Felix! Oh, Felix! I DESPISED HIM, things only got worse between us from where Wolf by Wolf left us, he was weak and easily impressionable and put them in extreme danger more often than not because of his stupidity. UGHH!!

The romance in this is PERFECT! I loved the way it evolved, how Yael and Luka started trusting each other, sharing personal things without even realizing they were actually getting closer. I shipped them with every fiber in my body and how they had each other’s backs through everything.

Last but not least, can we talk about that ending for a bit? IT RUINED ME. I AM SHATTERED. I AM DESTROYED. I cried non-stop through the last few chapters because I just couldn’t process and be okay with the things that were happening. But I guess that made things all the more brutal and realistic and my brain gets how appropriate that is but my heart can’t deal. To sum up this book, it is all chase, war, roth and death, with a tinsy bit of swooning that thankfully didn’t take front stage.

That’s it until next time.

Did you read Blood for Blood? If so, what did you think?

Who was your favorite character? What did you think of the ending?

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.


Homegoing – Century upon Century, from Parent to Child: A Legacy


Title : Homegoing

Author : Yaa Gyasi

Publication date : June 7th, 2016

Publisher : Knopf

Genre : Adult | Historical Fiction

Synopsis : The unforgettable New York Times best seller begins with the story of two half-sisters, separated by forces beyond their control: one sold into slavery, the other married to a British slaver. Written with tremendous sweep and power, Homegoing traces the generations of family who follow, as their destinies lead them through two continents and three hundred years of history, each life indelibly drawn, as the legacy of slavery is fully revealed in light of the present day.
Effia and Esi are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Unbeknownst to Effia, her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle’s dungeons, sold with thousands of others into the Gold Coast’s booming slave trade, and shipped off to America, where her children and grandchildren will be raised in slavery. One thread of Homegoing follows Effia’s descendants through centuries of warfare in Ghana, as the Fante and Asante nations wrestle with the slave trade and British colonization. The other thread follows Esi and her children into America. From the plantations of the South to the Civil War and the Great Migration, from the coal mines of Pratt City, Alabama, to the jazz clubs and dope houses of twentieth-century Harlem, right up through the present day, Homegoing makes history visceral, and captures, with singular and stunning immediacy, how the memory of captivity came to be inscribed in the soul of a nation. 
(From Goodreads)

Rating: 5 stars


“We believe the one who has the power. He is the one who gets to write the story. So when you study history, you must always ask yourself, Whose story am I missing? Whose voice was suppressed so that this voice could come forth? Once you have figured that out, you must find that story too. From there, you begin to get a clearer, yet still imperfect, picture.”

(No Spoilers)

Here we go. I want to start off by saying that I’ve been dreading the time when I have to review this book because I feel like my words can never do it justice. That shows how in love I am with this book and I quite frankly hold it on a pedestal.  Yaa Gyasi is such a gifted and intelligent writer that “Homegoing” has quickly become one of my favorite reads of 2016 and possibly -for sure- of all times.

I know that a lot of people say “I learnt a lot from this book”, “this book was eye-opening” when talking about a impactful book and I sometimes thought that they kind of made a big deal out of it because no book had really changed my life, and it still hasn’t but this is as close as it will ever get because Homegoing left a mark on me, it touched me deeply, in ways I never thought a book could. It made me feel a large scope of emotions going from anger to happiness, with hurt, disgust and fear in between. But I strongly believe that all those feelings, albeit not all pretty, were all necessary.

The writing in this book is breathtaking, it was so heartfelt and emotion-filled that I had to take breaks at some points because I just couldn’t deal with all the horrible things I was reading about. We get chapters alternating between each of the two sisters’ lineage going from parent to child at the same rate which really set the gap between the part of the family that was enslaved and the one that remained free.

The story is all about legacy, it shows how even things that we think are so old they don’t matter anymore still impact our lives. Effia and Esi are sisters who don’t know each other, the first was married off (in a horrific way I might add) to a British slaver, while the second was captured by the same man and from then on we see their lives as well as their descendants’ unfold. Effia’s side of the book is set in Ghana with characters strongly attached to their roots while Esi’s is mostly set in America after she was shipped off with characters who over times drifted away more and more from their African origins until the point where they were completely dettached because Ghana became a country that they simply knew nothing about.

This book tackles so many important issues that everyone needs to read and learn about. Biggest one is obviously slavery because that’s what the book is REALLY about, the during, the after and how it still impacts people decades afterwards, like Black Americans who were imprisoned for NOTHING just so they could make them work in the mines with terrifying conditions. But it also deals with rape, violence, injustice, identity search -especially for the half-cast or what we call mixed-race- and so on and so forth.

What’s so interesting about a story evolving over generations is that we get to see how things changed over time. With Effia’s descendants, I slowly started noticing that the superstitious elements and the beliefs (which I adored reading about) that were everything the culture was based on at first started taking a step back while schools were built, cars started making appearances and polygamy subsided. With Esi’s it was the banishement of Slavery, eventhough granted it didn’t really stop until decades after the legal suppression, the evolution of Racism as well as the apparition of hard drugs like Cocaine and Heroine.

And then, what made my heart happy is that ending, with how far the descendants have come, having it easier with each generation because of the elders’ efforts and sacrifices. Seriously, the ending made my heart swell and I’m sure it would do the same for you if you only read it. Which you really should do because this is not a book you want to miss out on.

Homegoing really made me think about things that I never considered before and taught me about a major part of history I never looked into. The story is mezmerizing and horrifiying at the same time, the things the characters went through gave me chills because it just wasn’t right, even after Slavery was over, it wasn’t really done and that was truely striking and scary.

That’s it until next time.

Did you read Homegoing? If so, what did you think of it?

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