Showcasing the Effects of Racism and Intergenerational Trauma

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All of the debuts I’ve been reading lately have been KILLING IT! This book was SO GOOD. SO damn good. It did take me awhile to get through, but I honestly blame my ADHD (thanks meds shortage!). There were so many things I loved about this book. It is, in its essence, a story of intergenerational trauma—specifically the effects of racism— and you see that scattered throughout the characters of Letty, Zora, and Avery. It shapes each of them in really unique ways that develop who they are as people. Letty in particular had SO MANY layers and dimensions to her character. She was incredible.

For me, some of my favorite parts of this book were the smaller aspects of the book. I loved the interludes-esk chapters where we get to see parts of Avery’s world from outside her POV. Usually I wouldn’t like sudden POV changes but this really just worked well. I also adored Arnie (and Jeremy). I love seeing grown up adult queer role models with their lives (seemingly) together and I really wish we could have seen more of them throughout the book.

Overall, an exceptional debut! I can’t wait to see what Jas writes next because I’m sure it’ll be incredible.

Many thanks to Bookish First for a finished copy in exchange for an honest review!