They Deserve Monuments

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"Family secrets, a swoon-worthy romance, and a slow-burn mystery collide in We Deserve Monuments, a YA debut from Jas Hammonds that explores how racial violence can ripple down through generations. "

Avery feels like her life has changed (for the worse) when she is forced to move from her home in Washington DC to a hostile southern town. Here Avery finds friendship in the most unsuspecting people; here grandma "mama Letty", Simone the next door neighbor, and Jade an heir to the towns most prosperous family. Avery faces many hard truths that not only make her question her identity but also the identity of those around her. A slow burn murder mystery entangled in all the stereotypical problems of a teenager, and some not so stereotypical situations of how COVID has effected the characters, and deep grief. Hammonds has a unique set up where we are seeing many of the problems of our youthful main characters mirrored with similar experiences by the adults in the family.

Hammonds has wrote a book that is so needed in the young adult book sphere. There are so many strong topics in this book that are handled with so much care, love, and attention! This is one of those books where I wish every young adult had an opportunity to read this book especially the minorities that Hammonds has focused on.

I received a free copy of this book and am choosing to leave my own honest review.