Hello everyone! Welcome to the Book Nook. It is that time of year again…kind of. Last year, for the month of December, I read books written by black authors in celebration of Kwanzaa because that is the holiday that I celebrate; and this year will be no different. Now, I did this specifically on my YouTube channel and although I didn’t do this on my blog I would very much like to do so this year. With that being said, this will be the first post in my Kwanzaa Celebration Review Series. We are going to be reviewing Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers.
I’ve heard about this book months ago and it didn’t really seem like something I would be interested in but I decided to give it a try and…I have thoughts. Before we get started, I encourage you all to comment down below and tell me your thoughts. Also, make sure you are following the Book Nook on WordPress, Instagram and YouTube; that way you don’t miss any of my reviews in the future. So, without further ado, lets get into it.
Honey Girl is about a 28-year-old woman named Grace who had her whole life planned out; get a PhD in Astronomy, get a job, be the best. However, Grace’s plan goes off the rails when she drunkenly marries a woman named Yuki in a Las Vegas wedding. This event becomes a catalyst to what Grace experiences next. She has feelings of burn-out, frustration and anxiety; feelings her ex-military father doesn’t understand. As a way to decompress, Grace spends the summer with a wife she barley knows. Grace now has to comes to terms with what exactly success, and being the best, looks like.
The pacing is good and the book as a whole is short. I found it funny, however, that the further along you go the longer the chapters are. They go from a 5-7 minute read to 15-28 minute read. But you can get through this book in a matter of hours if you have the time. I found it unique that Grace wanted to go into Astronomy but we find out later that her father originally wanted her to go into medicine. Although Grace does love Astronomy, majoring in it was a pretty big “screw you” to her father. What I found interesting is that Grace calls her father “Colonel” instead of “dad” and he calls her “Porter” instead of “Grace.” Even as a young child, her would father would introduce her as “this is my daughter, Porter.” Um…no. Your daughter’s name is Grace. I also thought the way Grace’s father talked to her was disheartening. He was speaking to her like she was a soldier and not his daughter. There was a scene where Grace tried to tell him how stressed and anxious she was about her career and he just wasn’t getting it. He then proceeds to hold open his office door and say “You’re dismissed, Porter.” Um…excuse me?! I didn’t grow up in a military family, so maybe this is the norm. But that exchanged rubbed me the wrong way and I wasn’t here for it.
Now…when it comes to Grace and Yuki’s relationship…I have thoughts. As I mentioned before, Grace visits Yuki as a way of taking a break from life. But as the story progresses both parties mentioned how much they wanted to make the “relationship work” because they made vows to each other and they take those vows seriously. However, both Grace and Yuki were drunk when they got married so neither one was in the right frame of mind when it came to making vows. Granted, they had a vibe and they really liked it each other but ultimately they were strangers, so them trying to make the “relationship work” was interesting. There was also a scene where Grace and Yuki get into it about the direction of said relationship. Grace did not plan for Yuki but Yuki ultimately wanted to be in Grace’s life. I sympathized with both parties. I liked Yuki being Grace’s “good thing” in her life but I understood how she felt about having her plans go askew. And despite the freshness of their relationship I also understood how Yuki was upset about not being a priority in Grace’s life especially after spending so much time together.
I did resonate with Grace somewhat. Grace is a woman of color and she is also queer. Although I am not queer I, too, am a woman of color so I understand how frustrating it is to have to work twice as hard to get half of what non-people of color get. I understand how frustrating it was for Grace to spend so much time in school only to be met with more roadblocks afterwards; which I why I also understood where Grace was coming from when it came to the future her and Yuki’s relationship.
In conclusion, the book was pretty decent. The pacing was even, the story is short and I did resonate with Grace a little bit. This book is not exactly a quarter-life-crisis story, in my opinion. It’s more-so an identity crisis story. I do also liked the fact that Grace got help towards the end of the book. Did I have some issues with her and Yuki’s relationship? Somewhat, yes. But they did have some good moments together and I did enjoy that fact that Yuki made life a little better for Grace.
Overall, I give it a 3/5
Until next time!