I’m going to start this review off by saying I would not have requested this title if I’d known it dealt with sexual assault. There was no content warning and with this subject matter that is unforgivable. Anyone who is a survivor of sexual assault or simply just doesn’t want to read about it in fiction should not have it sprung on them while reading.
I finished this book out of obligation but I will not be recommending it to anyone.
There is a rape scene in the eighty-percent mark of the book. Since there was no warning in the book, I’m providing one now.
I gave this book two stars. It’s a fast read so getting through it isn’t difficult. That said, the pacing is too fast. Things happen one after the other in an awkwardly paced domino effect that left me wondering if I’d somehow missed something. The description of the main character using the jubilation, or jubin’ as it’s said by her mother and grandmother, also isn’t distinctly described. It’s just suddenly happening.
There are few descriptions of the actual town she lives in, so few I actually forgot where it happened. I appreciate seeing a way of speaking that I never thought I’d see published–the way my family speaks and other people I’ve known. That was nice.
Unfortunately the characters weren’t very stand out. I know the MC had two guy friends but I couldn’t remember them by the seventy-percent mark of the book. The main character’s voice is very distinct but even she feels a little flat to me.
She paid so little attention to one friend for years that when it turns out she’s not kind to him she’s actually surprised.
I won’t spoil the ending. The main character does change and learns to be a bit more open and understanding. There’s an lgbtq+ character who doesn’t die which is always a positive.
All in all, I will not read this book again, or recommend it. It gets two stars for being decently written in some spots but the pacing is a massive downfall and the flatness of so many characters, the disjointed feeling of so many of the action scenes, it’s too much to give it anything higher.
I really wanted to love this book. It’s the first book I’ve read that I regret reading.