I was given an Advanced Reader Copy of this book and am providing my honest review.
Minah lives alone with her pop following the separation of her parents. During a Facebook Messenger chat with her cousin, Minah learns that her mother has passed away and this year’s family reunion will be in her memory. Disappointed in pop for not telling her, Minah decides to visit her childhood home for the reunion. Minah is reunited with a past that she thought she had left behind for good. Will Minah find the answers to her questions?
This coming-of-age novel had me hooked from the very beginning. The conversations between Minah and Pop really portrays the type of relationship the two of them have. At times I found it hard to follow along with Minah and Pop's dialect but grew use to it as the book moved along. The book is told in first person and has very descriptive narration which allowed me to get into Minah’s head. The short journal entries found between the chapters were confusing to me at first however as the story went on it became apparent to me what they were which tied the storyline together nicely. I felt the ending did not have much resolution and ended abruptly. I do wish Iloh would have made the story a little longer to tie up the loose ends that felt thrown together towards the end.
Overall, I was very pleased with this book. I would highly recommend it to young adults and adults who enjoy a fast paced, quick read revolving around grief, loss, acceptance, difficult family dynamics, and processing emotions. The characters within the book are relatable and very likeable. Thank you for the opportunity to read this book.
Favorite Quote: "My babies. I hope now you can see me for who I really was. Somebody who ain't always know how to be your mama. Somebody who ain't know how to be. Just a person."
Trigger Warnings: Death of a Parent, Divorce