Honey Girl (Paperback)

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Honey Girl (Paperback)

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Have you ever felt like your life was so structured and planned out? Have you ever felt like your path in life is not your own to create?

Do you feel like you live your life based on other people’s expectations of you more than what you expect for yourself?

What if that all changed in one night? What if a decision you made when you felt free to do so changed the trajectory of the next stage in your life?

Sometimes the “mistakes” we make in life, lead to the best outcomes and bring us the biggest joys.

My favorite genre of fiction is fantasy and sci-fi. Alternatively my least favorite is romance. With that said, I have been trying to diversify my reading into genres that I don’t typically gravitate towards.

What attracted me initially to Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers was the bio for Morgan on the inner flap that said: “Morgan Rogers is a queer Black millennial. She writes books for queer Black girls who are looking for their place in the world.” In my mission to read books from perspectives different from my own, I thought to myself that this is the type of romance that I could get behind.

The thing about Honey Girl though is that it so much deeper than my image of a “typical” romance novel. It starts off with the main character, Grace Porter, getting “drunkenly married to a woman whose name she doesn’t know.” My expectation was light hearted, romantic shenanigans to unfold after a start like that.

The story was more about the expectations that people close to Grace had for her and how that shaped her expectations and drivers for herself as she navigated through her life. The decisions that she made that ultimately were for others and not based on what she truly wanted or needed for herself to be happy.

I was not expecting to connect so deeply with the characters and the story, watching Grace get to know her wife all the while re-discovering herself and understanding better her goals including her career.

It was a great reminder that sometimes the people that come into our life with a fresh set of eyes and perspective can help us to see ourselves for the first time and encourage us to believe in our beliefs, values and motivators.

“It takes so much courage to be open with people and to let them help you when you need it. It takes strength to tell someone you’re scared, you’re terrified. That you’re not perfect.”

Taking risks and chances on a “what if” life and the pay off to put yourself out there to be vulnerable can be scary, but we have to trust in ourselves first and foremost.  

I would recommend checking out this book even if this is not your typical reading genre. You might end up looking internally, as I did while reading Honey Girl, to see if your life is your own creation and the vision that you have for yourself.

— Erin Dewsbury-Ribeiro, Black Stone Bookstore & Cultural Center, Ypsilanti, MI

Named Most Anticipated of 2021 by Oprah Magazine * Marie Claire * Ms. Magazine * E * Parade Magazine * Buzzfeed * Cosmo * The Rumpus * GoodReads * Autostraddle * Brit & Co * Refinery29 * Betches * BookRiot and others

A LibraryReads Pick

"HONEY GIRL is an emotional, heartfelt, charming debut, and I loved every moment of it."
-- Jasmine Guillory, New York Times bestselling author of The Proposal


When becoming an adult means learning to love yourself first.

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 parent'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 constant 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.
Product Details ISBN: 9780778311027
ISBN-10: 0778311023
Publisher: Park Row
Publication Date: February 23rd, 2021
Pages: 304
Language: English