This book leaves me with a lot to unpack and I hope you will bear with me as I unpack it. I would like to give trigger warnings for this book since it contains molestation.
I would like to start out with the fact I absolutely love this book. After finishing it at 11pm last night I had to just sleep on it. But there is some similarities I can see from myself in this book. I was a grandchild baby and my mother saw my LGBTQ+ tendancies early on and so I took to my gay uncles better than most family members. I also struggle with childhood/adulthood trauma that I wasn’t expecting to face in this book. The chapter on Boys Will Be Boys really struck home and when I finished this chapter I stopped reading to break down in tears. I mean ugly tears with snot and all.
I am younger than the author and would like to comment the differences as well since he was finishing college to my starting High School and figuring out my own journey. Plus a lot of the kids that were figuring out there own LGBTQ+ in a very christian south during my high school experience. I had a lot more role models, which could come from the fact that I had an uncle who was shunned from his family for being gay and marrying my uncle. I think he took me under his wing to shield me a little better and I wish G.M. Johnson had had that. I will say even with the differences I wish I had had this book in High School when I was trying to figure it all out. I hope that any child or adult trying to figure it out and needs that connection finds this book.
Another Pride Month draws to an end. This month has been something else and we have really seen a lot of history begin to happen. I hope you remember that Black Lives Matter and that we begin to see the problems that Native Americans face daily with the rise of their protests and voices. Being Native American myself I hope you all back both with a fierceness that any racist should fear.
This book is written in the before, before the before and after. It follows Claudia as she talks about her best friend Monday Charles. She talks about her being her only friend and what it is like trying to find out where she is and why she disappeared. This book takes you on an emotional roller-coaster that makes you keep the tissues close.
I started listening to this book as an audiobook but I wasn’t listening like I wanted to so I found the book in the bookstore while I was hunting for some other books and quickly bought it. I have to say this woman writes some freaking good books. If you haven’t read any of her work yet then you need to. This woman writes that good. This book is definitely going to hurt your feelings and you will need tissues.
Claudia tries to find her best friend Monday after she doesn’t show up at school for the first day of school. The two have been friends for a long time and they were close or so Claudia thought. Even when discovering things she didn’t know Claudia doesn’t give up the search. She shows true friendship throughout the book but it is the ending that twists it. I read Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson as well so I should have been prepared for it but I wasn’t. I recommend this book with everything I have.
Those who compare this book to the Six of Crows is a fool. This book is definitely better. I will say the beginning was a little tough to start out with but once I got hooked I was done for. I liked the characters and I wanted to know what happens so bad I read the last chapter while I was in the middle of the book. I hardly ever do that.
I made a bad mistake with reading the end like I did because it just made the rest of the book more heightened. I enjoyed the mystery and intrigue in this book and cannot wait for the sequel. I will say the last chapter is curious and makes me wonder what that will reveal in the second book. I wonder if Séverin is a part of a different line so to speak and if his friend was another line. That is as much as I can say on that without spoiling the book.
Otherwise I do like how each character solves things in their own ways and that they seem to be equally smart. They each have their own strengths but can solve things on their own fairly easy. It is shown when they can solve one of the puzzles without the “ringleader”, Séverin. I also don’t understand why they think this is a Six of Crows remake when the two books are only similar by the fact a team of people solve something and are one the “wrong” side of the law. There is a lot of other things different. Maybe it is because they do not see themselves in the characters? I will say if the two went against each other The Gilded Wolves would win in my book.
I also like how the author put bits of history in the book that you don’t realize until after. You go through the book thinking certain things are just macabre. Then the author tells you the story behind them with her notes at the end. I learned something new that I didn’t even know. If you are curious pick the book up and give it a read. 🙂
I have to say this book was a damn good read. The way the author wrote this is a freaking masterpiece. The twists that she puts in this book as it unfolds and it just drags you along just right. If this book doesn’t become a classic I would be extremely upset.
The whole book follows Mary B. Addison as everyone tries to figure out what happened to a white baby girl in the care of her and her mother. They try to understand why she didn’t say much or speak up for what had happened. She is convicted and when she gets put in a halfway house she finds the strength to speak up and try to get herself free. The ending just shocks you to your core and confirms that Tiffany D. Jackson is an amazing writer that needs to be praised.
I decided to make this list to help people trying to find books to share with others. I have started a deep dive into finding books that have POC Representation or discuss racism. I cannot say they are correct but they do have representation. If I misspell anything please let me know and I will change it.
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
Dear Justyce by Nic Stone
Grown by Tiffany Jackson
Allegedly by Tiffany Jackson
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
All Boys Aren’t Blue by George Johnson
Smash It by Francina Simone
Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett
Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany Jackson
We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
Scandalized by Tara Frejas
Parachutes by Kelly Yang
Love Hate & Filters by Samira Ahmed
Internment by Samira Ahmed
The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow
The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar
Heiress Apparently by Diana Ma
Take A Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert
Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown
Nocturna by Maya Motayne
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Self Made by A’Lelia Perry Bundles
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
Now That I’ve Found You by Kristina Forest
The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert
Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin
The Wedding Date Series by Jasmine Guillory
A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow
The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna
Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron
The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai
Playbook Series by Alexa Martin
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo, Michael Eric Dyson and Amy Landon
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson
Anyone who wants to continue on with this list and add books please feel free. I hope you pick some of them up since I have read them but the majority are on my To Be Read Pile.
I saw this book on Twitter one day and the cover made me curious so I went to Goodreads to ready the synopsis. Put it in my tbr pile and didn’t think I would get it soon. One of my many trips to the bookstore lately brought me to the book and I snatched it up. I should be staying home but I don’t do ebooks really well since the screen irritates my eyes after an hour.
Back to the book at hand. I absolutely loved this book. It does have a lot of “political” views in it. But this book is definitely something that will go down in history like The Hate You Give. It has that level of breakdown to it and the main character uses political movements that people know to create understanding. She brought in NoDAPL and I couldn’t be happier she did. This book is about muslims and it is trying to create awareness to how things are going for them and some of the paragraphs really hit home for the times we are in as well. It is actually pretty scary and true.
I cannot express how much I want everyone to read this that has it sitting on their tbr pile. Maybe this is the first time you are seeing it and thats ok I still say go out and get it. But, go into this book with an open mind and understand that until you are in someone else’s shoes you cannot know their journey or what they have been through. Be mindful and bring a box of tissues.
I was determined to read this book but I couldn’t get into it while reading it on my kindle. I went to the bookstore the other day saw it on the shelf and decided to buy a paperback copy. Best decision of my life. I was able to engross myself in the story and it kept me up until 3am just to finish it. I could relate to so much in this book and the stories she put in it just captivated you.
There were some honest plot twists I didn’t see coming and I loved that this book wasn’t your typical book. It shines a light on a culture that many people do not get to see into or try to understand. I couldn’t be happier I bought this book twice because the author honestly deserves it. I can only hope she writes another book as captivating and enlightening as this one.
I have had this book on my TBR list for a while and was really happy when I found it in a used bookstore. Like any other person that collects too many books it sat in a pile for a while. I am glad I finally got around to reading it. I enjoyed the story and I enjoyed the main character Winnie Mehta.
If you enjoy watching movies and know actors and actresses this book will really pique your interest. I will say that there were some parts of the story that you can see coming from a mile away but there are also some parts that surprise you and give you warm fuzzy feelings. This book is definitely something I would love to give to a middle school girl and hope she loves it as much as I did.
I could not sing enough praises for this book! I picked it out for my May book of the month box and I couldn’t have been more satisfied in my life of my pick! This book is absolutely stunning and draws you in from the moment you start reading it. The author did an amazing job writing this book and I am so happy she did!
The moment I started reading it I was hooked and carrying it around my house to get even a sentence in between all that I need to do. This book is relatable and enamoring. The main character Samiah is amazing and perfect and encompasses a woman’s sassiness to the 100th degree. You can’t help but to be wrapped up in her personality and everything that happens. Everything that happens from the first chapter to the last is page turning and captivating. I couldn’t endorse a book more fully in my life.
Five out of five stars and a big standing ovation for this author!