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CONTENT WARNING: grief, death of a parent

It has been years since Yaminah Okar left Obsidian and the wreckage of her family. Together with her father, she has made a life for herself in Brooklyn. As far as she's concerned, she's moved on to bigger and better things. It seems like she's finally left behind the city she'd rather forget. Yaminah's bubble is pierced by a Facebook message about her estranged mother, which triggers memories of everything that happened before her parents' divorce. Yaminah must now deal with the truth about her mother and a place she once called home on the verge of collapse.

There was a lot of action in this book that felt like an emotional rollercoaster. This was through the topics of growing up, estrangement from family, racism, gentrification, addiction, loss, cancer, and mental illness, among others. A heartbreaking journal entry penned by Iloh's mother intertwines throughout the book as Minah narrates the story. It broke my heart in the best of ways.