Book Review

Review: The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi

This book was shockingly good. Emezi has written a story that is not only about the shocking, senseless death of an individual, but they have pulled together secrets, issues of being 'other' in a society and culture that does not welcome it, and the life that has led to this point.

Book Review

Review: How it All Blew Up by Arvin Ahmadi

This book does that YA thing where it tries to tie together a lot of important and concerning themes - being gay, being Muslim, being Iranian, coming out, knowing your parents won't accept you, finding 'your people', being targeted by flight marshalls because of race - but doesn't quite spend enough time on any of those things to make them significant. That may be because these are some of the author's exaggerated memories, or the POV writing of a teenager. But a short novel gives an impression without giving much depth.