The publisher kindly offered me a reader copy via Edelweiss. Yet, this is an honest review of the book expressing my own opinion.
For the sake of this book, I will try my best to make this review as coherent as possible. I could make a “clever” word play with the title and say, This book is definitely one of the great ones, but the meaning of the title is too important, too sacred to diminish it to a word play.
I’m not exaggerating when I confess that this book took my heart from the first page, broke it into a couple million pieces, and gave it back to me along with some hints of hope. Because it did. It had my nerves coil, my stomach clench, and my eyes were full of unshed tears the whole time.
It is as compelling as it is heartbreaking. The voice is undeniable and draws you in like a thousand-pound magnet. I knew this was a special, precious story from the very beginning. It’s one of those classics you rever at.
It is told in 4 perspectives, though the two main ones are of Happi and Kezi. One of the other two perspectives is set in the past. At first, I didn’t understand the importance of it (I’m also not a big fan of multi-POVs in a book) but in the second or third time we went back in time to that character, I got it. Every POV serves a purpose, a higher calling that complements the story. The four POVs put together transcend the story into a whole new level of literary and cultural brilliance.
This book reflects the reality and history of a Black American family in the US in such a heartwrenching way. I’m a white non-American/European, and while I know the basics, it is not nearly enough. This story not only makes readers question what it means to be an ally, but what it means to be a human being and a decent one, at that. It never preaches. It shows. It questions. It challenges. It pushes you to be better and question what that might entail.
I feel honored to having been approved of this ARC, and I will be recommending this book to anyone who listens. This book is a heartbreaking treasure that needs to be read and experienced.
This is not only one of the best YA contemporaries of the year, but ever. The voice has grit and power. The themes and messages are loud and vital to society. This is an example of brilliance in all aspects.
A heartbreaking and much needed perfection. That’s what this book is.
A million stars – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Author: Maika Moulite & Maritza Moulite
Publisher: InkyardPress at HarperCollins