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The Vanishing Half Review

Title: The Vanishing Half
Author: Brit Bennett
Type: Literary, Historical, Contemporary  
Pages: 343
Rating: 5/5

Whoa! Words can not describe how amazing this book is! This is my first book by Brit Bennett and it won’t be my last! First of all, look at this gorgeous cover!

Desiree and Stella Vines are idential twin sisters, born from a black mother and white father live in Mallard, Louisanna, a town where you are judged based on how dark your skin is. At 16, they decide they want a better life and head to New Orleans. Soon after, Stella disappears, deciding to live her life as a white woman. After 10 years, Desiree returns to Mallard to live with her mother. The book goes between past and present as well as points of view from the twins’ daughters. During this beautifully woven story we learn about the lives each sister and their families. Stella pretending to be something she’s not, afraid the past will catch up with her. Desiree accepting true self wondering what happened to her lost sister.

The author touches on some really tough topics like, racism, gender identity, privilege, colorism, family relationships and coming to terms with who you are. The chapters were long but I found myself being unable to put the book down.

Add this to your to-be-read list now. You will not regret it!

Category Archives: Literary

Writers & Lovers Review

Title: Writers & Lovers
Author: Lily King
Type: Literary Fiction, Contemporary
Pages: 320
Rating: 4/5

I wasn’t 100% sure I wanted to read this book because the cover wasn’t super appealing to me and the synopsis wasn’t super exciting but this was a pick for Jenna Hager’s book club a few months back and while I have not participated in her online book clubs, I have enjoyed quite a few of the books she has picked in the past. I decided to give it a go.

This book did not disappoint me at all! I am so glad I read it. Casey is a struggling writer who has tons of student debt. Her mother has recently passed away and she isn’t super close to her father. She has a few close friendships and is in and out of romantic relationships. She wants nothing more than to write her own novel and be a successful writer. She feels like she will never get there.

I absolutely loved the development of Casey’s character throughout this entire book. I loved the relationships she built with those that came in and out of her life as she worked hard to make her dream become a reality. I feel like Casey’s story is one that many can relate to. If you are looking for a book about not giving up on your dream then this is a book for you.

Category Archives: Literary

Valentine Review

Title: Valentine
Author: Elizabeth Wetmore
Type: Literary, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Harper
Published: 2020
Pages: 320
Rating: 2/5

What is this book about?
I found this book hard to describe. In my opinion, its a collection of stories about being a women living in Texas in the 1970’s. Some parts were centered around a teenager girl who was beaten and sexually assaulted at the beginning of the book. Some pieces dealt with race and racisim. You can read a full description on Goodreads here.

What did I think?
I did not enjoy this book. There were some good parts but it seemed more like a collection of short stories about women living in Texas in the 70’s. The story is told in several different points of view that it is difficult to keep track and remember them all. It’s also told in several different timelines sometimes as much as going between several on the same page. My last complaint is that there were no quotations which didn’t work for me in this book. I can usually get used to that but in this novel I struggled. I did appreciate the history of women and race during the 1970’s and the descriptive writing of West Texas.

Category Archives: Literary

Stay with Me Book Review

Title: Stay with Me
Author: Ayobami Adebayo
Type: Contemporary, Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
Pages: 260
Rating: 5/5

What is this book about?
Yejide has been married to Akin since they met in school and fell in love. The custom is to take several wives but Yejide and Akin have agreed that polygamy is not for them. But after years of infertility, Yejide’s family show up at her home with a new wife for Akin. Yejide is desperate to get pregnant in order to save her marriage. She does get pregnant but the cost is great, more than she could have ever thought possible.

What did I think?
This story was both beautiful and heartbreaking. Several times I wanted to crawl into the book and give Yejide a big hug. I felt like I really got to know these characters and I was sad when the story ended. I can’t go into much detail without giving away the story but there was so much emotion poured into this book and I felt I really got a sense of the Nigerian culture. I loved this story so much. Add it to your list now!

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