Freshwater – Akwaeke Emezi

Happy release day!

Thanks to Grove Atlantic for the copy in exchange for my honest review. Check out my Instagram page for a chance to win a copy!

FRESHWATER – Akwaeke Emezi (out today)

This not only has a beautiful cover, but it is a phenomenal debut.

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My Thoughts: 5/5 stars!

When I picked up this book, I had no idea what I was in for, and I find that to be a great way to go into books. No expectations or built-up hype and then there’s no genre confusion. Well, FRESHWATER is an incredible and captivating debut novel. I found it so hard to believe that this Akwaeke Emezi’s first novel. The writing is beautiful, the fluidity of the pace made for a fast read, and the subject had me pulled in from start to finish.

At just under 250 pages, this book packs a punch and will stick with you. We follow Ada, she lives in the out of Nigeria and even as an infant, she was a cause for deep trouble with her family. Saul and Saachi, her parents, successfully prayed her into existence, but she began to grow into a splintered child. When Ada reaches the right age, she travels to America to attend college. As she is there, her splintered selves within her begin to gain more power and control over her. Her alternate selves, Asughara and Saint Vincent, become protective and almost hedonistic over Ada after she experiences a horrific assault. Will she be able to gain control over her other selves or will she fall into the background?

That ending? Amazing! I feel like I can’t accurately put into words yet my complete thoughts on this book. However, if you are looking for a new book to add to your TBR, then this needs to be at the top of it. This is out of my normal genres and I’m so happy to took take step away, otherwise I would have missed this absolute gem.

 

What was a book you read outside of your normal genres that you ended up loving?

–Jess

 

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