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I loved Homegoing and was so excited to read this. Wanted to love it, but really don’t. Finding it a tedious slog actually, without particularly compelling characters or storyline. Story could’ve been interesting but maybe because of flat characters against a backdrop of trauma and paralyzing depression, I find I’m not engaged with Gifty or her story. I don’t even know what kind of person Gifty is beyond being 1)devastated by the death of her brother, and 2)burnt out by caring for her mother who suffers from near-paralyzing depression. Gifty is trying to combat the incomprehensibleness of the tragedies she’s experienced with an obsessive dedication to the concrete logic of science. Which might be an understandable response in real life. However it makes for an extremely tedious read. Very dull indeed. The negative themes are not counterbalanced with any positive ones so it’s hard to feel drawn in. It’s hard to care what happens next when the shadow of sorrow and bitterness never retreats. It has been cast over the entirety of what I’ve read so far. About 3/4 through and not particularly interested in finishing...
Book binding was poor quality. There was a "read with Jenna" stamp on it that I didn't appreciate on my first edition. Homegoing was one of the best books I've read in a while. This one really fell short of the high hopes I had for it.
I wasn't very impressed by this book. It just seemed to speak on addiction, mental illness, religion and familial constructs. But not in any way that was intriguing or interesting. Unlike Homegoing, this was a miss.