February Book Reviews

Passing by Nella Larsen

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

This book was very thought provoking when it comes to the level of melanin and features we have. How some black people were able to pass for other or white and be racially ambiguous during a time of segregation. As a black woman, this gave me really mixed, thought provoking feelings.

Reading from Irene’s perspective of her frenemy, Clare, the book gives us a look into this world in between. Nella has us look into Irene, and how she navigated through her world as a black woman full and transparent. The life she lived was not as glamourous as she made it appear. She reconnected with a childhood friend, ironically in an all white section, and had to decide if she wanted a relationship or not. It seems she did. Irene had to also come to terms with Clare’s influence on her social life, her family life, her jealousy and her realization of her husbands affair with her friend. It is interesting that she also found a way to pass in the segregated world, but when her friend Clare did it, it was egregious. The ending is left open and I must say I love it. I highly recommend this read, if you are into historical fiction. It really makes me want to know more about the world of “passing”.

Honor by Thrity Umrigar

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Honor is a powerful book that will leave you with many feelings of empathy.

Smita, an Indian American journalist is asked a favor from another journalist friend to take over her story about a woman who was the victim of a tribal custom that was inhumane. The book will pul you in almost immediately. You have been warned. Thrity gives us a view from a Hindi – Indian perspective, as well as a perspective of how Muslim – Indians are treated. We are allowed to understand the views from modern India, and in villages. This story was deeply moving, and disturbing all at the same time. The scenes are worth reading through, and understanding what Honor or “Abru” means for Indians.
I was not expecting the twist about Smita, but the author Thrity was eloquent in unwrapping Smita’s past with India. Although unexpected for our main character Smita, this trip was both cleansing and full of love in spite of the anguish the characters witness and endure.

January Book Review

Get a Life, Chloe Brown (The Brown Sisters, #1)Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Get a Life Chole Brown, might have been one of the cutest stories I have read in a while. This book was the perfect mix of jokes, seriousness of a chronic illness, and dealing with mental health all in one package. I like that it gave a mental health perspective from a man enduring verbal and physical abuse. I would have liked more elaboration on that. It is important, that we see how love can bloom just when you think it won’t. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars because of some of the overthinking the characters did, and how long it took them to get to the sex scenes, but it was cute nonetheless. I am interested in the other books and maybe they will make it to this years list. We shall see.

View all my reviews Hand Me DownsHand Me Downs by Michele Carter

Hand Me Downs was a book I could not out down. I got sucked into the characters and the life they lived. If you are looking for a twist and a turn fiction book, this is it. The book is set in the 50’s and follows the life of best friends that lives intertwine in interesting ways. The actions that are taken by the characters, affect not only the trajectory of their lives, but generational ones unintendedly. Michele E. Lovett-Carter opens or eyes to a perspective on how black families deal with mental health, gender roles, and walking the tightrope of perfection.
The book left me with wanting to see how some characters lives went on, and how things were resolved that were unspoken. For example how mother and daughter trauma is resolved in this families life would have been a touching point. I highly recommend this book to add to your to read list and give it 3 out of 4, mainly because the book was honestly hard to out down. I finished it in literally 3 days.

View all my reviews The Hunting PartyThe Hunting Party by Lucy Foley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book that almost is comparable to The Guest List. That book was most enjoyable. What I liked about this book, was the dysfunctional relationships and friendships that take place. The characters really kept the pages turning for me. Due to me reading her book the Guest List, it pretty much followed the same path but , the difference between the books, is this one felt a bit rushed at the end. I gave this book 3 stars out of 5, for simply being similar to her other book format. If this book would have been developed a little better at the end, I would have maybe given it more stars. Overall, if you want a good page turner or a great audio book, I recommend you read it.

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