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  • Stunning Debut

    Title: Honey Girl Author: Morgan Rogers Genre: New Adult Contemporary Pages: 241 Publication Date: 2/23/2021 Grace Porter goes to Las Vegas to celebrate her graduation with a PhD in astronomy. While she is there, she gets drunk and marries a woman whose name she does not know. Grace Porter does not do spontaneous things – she lives her life according to a plan. Marrying someone she didn’t know is a pretty big departure from her norm. Her new wife is gone when she wakes up the next morning. The novel focuses on how Grace sorts out her next steps in her career considering this very spontaneous event. Grace slowly gets to know this mysterious woman, Yuki. In this review, I am going to talk about the three main reasons why I loved this book. First, while you may not be able to relate to getting a PhD in astronomy, many of us can relate to the idea that we have a “master plan.” I have never seen a book tackle this topic with so much authenticity. I felt like I was reading about my own struggles of my late 20’s and 30’s. What does happiness look like – especially when you have been so focused on a singular goal like advanced education? What happens when happiness is not what you or your parents or society had planned for you? How do you reconcile those feelings? Second, this book tackles mental health in such a real, meaningful fashion. It shows Grace learning how to be vulnerable and show her weaknesses- and why those are critical to her happiness and emotional well-being. I also thought showing the therapist selection process was illuminating as it shows the work it takes to find a good fit with what you need. What I liked was the focus on healing and learning from the diagnoses instead of focusing on the disease itself. Third, the author does an excellent job showing the community that surrounds Grace. The queer community often talks about the concept of found family and the author just nailed it. The menagerie of roommates, friends, coworkers, bosses, parents just brought this world to life and are shown with such depth and substance. I also loved how the author showed the flaws and shortcomings of the parents in a subtle way. In many books, we see extremes in parents – either the fantastic or terrible abusive parents and not much focus on the middle ground. Both Grace’s mother and father have deep flaws in this book but are doing what they believe is best for Grace. We see their growth as well. I absolutely loved this book. I cannot praise this book enough. It is in the top five books I’ve read of all time. If you are someone who has ever struggled with not “living” up to your “perceived potential,” or the “plan” that you set for yourself, you will see yourself in this book. Please go and read this book. #HoneyGirl #NetGalley

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  • Charming

    This story was the most poetic, vibrant, complex and at the same time haunting story I've read this year. There is not enough representation for queer girls of color (like myself) on the market, but Morgan Rogers CAME THROUGH!! I loved every page of this gorgeous story and couldnt get through it fast enough! Would recommend to all my fellow queer girls and anyone who would like to be a stronger ally towards people of color!

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  • Highly recommended

    A surprising debut, both for the quality of the author's writing and for the unexpected depth that lurks underneath its plot. Grace, Yuki and the entire cast of characters are adorable, but what really stuck with me from this book are the reflections Yuki's words inspired. I love a book that entertains me and gets me thinking, and would definitely recommend Honey Girl to anyone looking for more than just a lovely sapphic slow burn.

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  • Not as good as i was hoping

    Not that great didnt hold my attention at all too

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  • Not that great

    If you know anything about how higher ed or science research works, it’s really difficult to immerse yourself in this book, because the author unfortunately knows absolutely nothing about either subject. Also I really hated the part where Yuki calls her history degree useless. Can culture makers please stop dissing the humanities and softer social sciences in this way? Literally this was a book about a *STEM* grad who struggles to find a job. It’s not like humanities grads are alone in this struggle, and it’s also a total myth that humanities degrees are useless and will not get you a job. The writing was pretty at some points, but generally the characters were very flat and their trajectories didn’t make much sense. That being said, I am sure that this author will get better and better at writing as they progress in their career. The book was a letdown since so many people had good things to say about it.

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