Maame, a review by Shelley

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Jessica George

St. Martin’s Press
Expected Publication January 31st, 2023
320 pages
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I don’t know what will happen when Mum returns to Ghana,
but I have a year at least, a year to find out what all the fuss is about.

What I liked about this book was how much I loved the main character Maddie. Her internal dialogue shows a mature young woman who is wise beyond her years in so many ways and immature for her age in so many others. She is also unabashedly human and oh-so-funny. She has two good friends who have her back and are wonderful side characters. I loved how fierce they were and how they helped and stood up for Maddie.

This is impeccable storytelling, in every sense of the word, with themes of family dynamics, sexuality, race, feminism, and growing as a person as well as up. I hated Maddie’s mom, and on a smaller scale her brother, with a passion. Her mother was absent, condescending, and just plain rude. Although she has her reasons, to me they just weren’t good enough and came across as excuses.

I enjoyed so much about this wonderfully written, heartfelt, and captivating story. I really loved being on Maddie’s journey. What a wonderful debut. I can’t wait to see what Ms. George comes up with next!

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.

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