Disturbing, devastating, satisfying. I was obsessed, and I never choose horror.
I LOVED this book. You know a YA book holds up when you can read it at any age and still become deeply invested in everyone’s storylines. Literal Black Girl Magic as main characters Tavia and Effie struggle to come into their own magical identities and find power in themselves. Reading this book has sparked many rants with my friends on why standard high school reading can’t be as fun and politically relevant as this book.
Incredible book! I loved the mixture of tragic and bizarre with the mundane. Characters fall in and out of love, question their faith, and struggle with their parents all in the midst of an alien invasion to the Virgin Islands. Turnbull explores the impact of colonialism and violence through the perspectives of overlapping characters in both the past and present, ending with different and difficult "lessons". Also a beautifully read audiobook with Libro.fm!
Just reading the introduction to this book filled me with a love and understanding I didn't know I needed. Such a beautiful and thought provoking series of essays that has changed the ways I show and practice love with those around me.
A must read for anti-assimilationist revolutionary queer politics!
I've read this book twice cover to cover and then again as individual essays. Clare traces the intersections of disability, working class rural identity, whiteness, queerness, and intimacy in beautiful and powerful prose. Read this book and then read it again!
Beautiful, political, and packed!