What up book people? Today I pulled from my YA Fiction bookcase to talk about Hurricane Summer by Asha Bromfield. But before we get into this book, y’all let’s give Asha her flowers. Cuz sis is an established actress who you may have seen on the CWs Riverdale. Anyway, y’all I read this last summer it was first released and it had me so far in my emotions that I am still marinating on it.
The book’s told from the POV of Tilla, a teenager that travels from Canada to visit her dad in Jamaica. Now as a Floridian, I object your honor that the ‘rents scheduled this visit during hurricane season. Cuz ain’t no way. But while in Jamaica trying to find where she belongs, she experiences colorism and classism. Translation: haters gonna hate. The book is a coming-of-age story so there’s a lot of character development.
But y’all. This book made me cry. Like full on had to blow my nose kinda cry. I was mad emotional. But before y’all try and take my though card, let it be known that I was finta book a flight to square up with a couple of these people in this book.
My favorite part of the book tho was the patois. There’s a mini glossary included and everything. Basically, I’m fluent in patois and bilingual now. Argue witcho ma.
This story is beautifully written and it did not disappoint. It’s a little heavy so make sure you use The StoryGraph to check the trigger warnings before grabbing it.