Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers _ Book Review

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A refreshingly timely and relatable debut novel about a young woman whose life plans fall apart when she meets her wife.

With her newly completed PhD in astronomy in hand, twenty-eight-year-old Grace Porter goes on a girls’ trip to Vegas to celebrate. She’s a straight A, work-through-the-summer certified high achiever. She is not the kind of person who goes to Vegas and gets drunkenly married to a woman whose name she doesn’t know…until she does exactly that.

This one moment of departure from her stern ex-military father’s plans for her life has Grace wondering why she doesn’t feel more fulfilled from completing her degree. Staggering under the weight of her father’s expectations, a struggling job market and feelings of burnout, Grace flees her home in Portland for a summer in New York with the wife she barely knows.

In New York, she’s able to ignore all the annoying questions about her future plans and falls hard for her creative and beautiful wife, Yuki Yamamoto. But when reality comes crashing in, Grace must face what she’s been running from all along—the fears that make us human, the family scars that need to heal and the longing for connection, especially when navigating the messiness of adulthood.

[I received a digital arc from Netgalley for an honest review]

“You asked me before I left what best meant for me, and I’m still learning what that looks like.”

Honey Girl 
is a beautifully written story about a young woman’s struggle with her self and her place in the world. While yes this is a romance, it’s much more about the main characters personal growth and self acceptance.

“What if we are special, and we just don’t know? What if the stories of things bigger and bolder reaching out to claim us are true?”

28-year-old Grace has spent the last eleven years of her life accomplishing her plan to achieve her PhD in astronomy and be the best. To celebrate she goes to Vegas with her best friends and wakes up married to a stranger who she can’t seem to forget. Back home she thought her hard work would pay off, yet she still has to work just as hard to prove she belongs in her profession. Her race and her queerness are keeping the workforce from believing in her, and now she questions if it was all worth it. She tries to avoid her problems by going to New York to spend time with her new wife, but that only holds of her reality for so long before she runs to the one place she can breathe. When she lands at her childhood home she acknowledges that she needs to seek help and work on her self before she self-destructs.

“You’re my mess now, and I’m yours. No take backs.”

I loved so much about this book. The writing flowed and had a soothing quality. The story itself was believable with real characters. Characters that struggle with self harm and depression. Characters that believed in love and myths. Characters who formed unbreakable friendship and found family. Characters who embraced each other and loved without judgement. I honestly don’t know what to say except Honey Girl was so much more than I expected it to be.

Gold star

—–Written by Amanda—–

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