This was a book club read with the BAB Book Club and I loved every second of it.
First let’s take a moment to acknowledge the beauty of that cover! I don’t know what’s prettiest: with the dust jacket on or off!
This book is told from a single point of view, Emoni with very short chapters. That gave me the impression of reading a journal sometimes and made the story very easy to fall into as we walk in Emoni’s shoes every minute.
The writing of Elizabeth Acevedo is a mix between to the point, wistfulness and poesy.
I loved the sisterhood between these women: Angelica, Emoni’s bets friend, ‘Buela Emoni’s grandma who has raised her and helped her raise Babygirl.
I also wanted to eat nearly all the time as this book is about Emoni’s magic in the kitchen. You will read about spices and recipes. How food can make you feel and remember some moments of your life.
This is also a book to open your eyes about prejudices but something that nagged at me somehow is that the author collected all clichés in her heroine: black, from Puerto Rican ascend, teenage mom and struggling to learn in school. Poor too or at least with no spare money. Living with her grand mother as her mother died giving birth and her dad fled back to Puerto Rico.
On the one hand, it was a little “too much” but on the other hand, maybe it’s a true representation of a majority of girls of color? I don’t know enough about POC in the US to be a good judge.
What it truly did though was open the debate about all the difficulties these girls are facing opposed to their “white” counterparts.
That book was a beautiful read and one I am really happy to have done even if it’s with a big delay from the release of that book.
Have you read it already?
Thanks for reading!