This was a book club read with the BAB Book Club and I loved every second of it.
First let’s take a moment to acknowledge the beauty of that cover! I don’t know what’s prettiest: with the dust jacket on or off!
This book is told from a single point of view, Emoni with very short chapters. That gave me the impression of reading a journal sometimes and made the story very easy to fall into as we walk in Emoni’s shoes every minute.
The writing of Elizabeth Acevedo is a mix between to the point, wistfulness and poesy.
I loved the sisterhood between these women: Angelica, Emoni’s bets friend, ‘Buela Emoni’s grandma who has raised her and helped her raise Babygirl.
I also wanted to eat nearly all the time as this book is about Emoni’s magic in the kitchen. You will read about spices and recipes. How food can make you feel and remember some moments of your life.
This is also a book to open your eyes about prejudices but something that nagged at me somehow is that the author collected all clichés in her heroine: black, from Puerto Rican ascend, teenage mom and struggling to learn in school. Poor too or at least with no spare money. Living with her grand mother as her mother died giving birth and her dad fled back to Puerto Rico.
On the one hand, it was a little “too much” but on the other hand, maybe it’s a true representation of a majority of girls of color? I don’t know enough about POC in the US to be a good judge.
What it truly did though was open the debate about all the difficulties these girls are facing opposed to their “white” counterparts.
That book was a beautiful read and one I am really happy to have done even if it’s with a big delay from the release of that book.
Have you read it already?
Thanks for reading!
I’ve added this one to me tbr!
Those are indeed a lot of cliches within one single character. I wonder how much it impacts the story for readers who have a tough time believing all of it! 😮 Great review nonetheless!
Thank you Lashaan!
This book looks like a great read, nice review! I like books that have a sisterhood the main character can rely on in a difficult life. It’s almost soothing to see how that support can make such a difference in a character’s life. Thank you for reviewing this book… I’m putting this on my to-read list!
Side note: Not sure if this will help ease some of the cliche fears, but I couldn’t help adding my thoughts! I work in education; I feel Emoni’s circumstances mirror the real world scenarios. Students living in poverty or low-income, especially those who are also POC and have prejudices to contend with on top of it, do struggle at school for a variety of reasons. Often in impoverished situations students are living with relatives, especially grandparents (again, for a variety of reasons). Emoni’s hardships are unfortunately the reality of many.
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This book is definitely on my TBR! I’ve read The Poet X by her and I really really liked it! Thanks for this review!
You are most welcome!
I love the cover! Being a teen is hard enough; being a minority teen in certain areas of the country- worse.
This sounds like an interesting read, thanks!
You are so right about being a teen from a minority and struggling even more jacquie!
I really need to pick this up, I loved The Poet X and her writing is so beautiful
And I need to read The Poet!
You do! It’s amazing!
I wouldn’t say this book reflects the experience of the *majority* of girls of color, but there are certainly Black-Latina girls who struggle in school and are teen moms. And I thought it was nice to read a book about a black teen who isn’t African-American, because there are a lot of Black immigrants in the US.
That’s so true about the different black immigrants in the US!!
Reading this might make my stomach growling, but it seems fun! Thanks for the review!
You are welcome Carolina!
I loved this book, and I liked the way Acevedo showed that being a teen mom is not easy, but if you work hard and have support, you can still follow your dreams.