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Freshwater, by Akwaeke Emezi

17 reviews

summerb's review

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challenging dark emotional informative mysterious reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

5.0


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ceciliabereadin's review

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challenging dark emotional sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

This book was very hard to read. I recommend looking at the content warnings (because I surely didn't) because a lot of the themes are heavy. Very well written and interesting book.

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aquamarine18's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional hopeful reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

<i>Freshwater</i> is a novel that I didn't read when it first came out mostly due to the content warnings, and they are warranted - this is a difficult read.  However, I'm so glad that I did read it -- it is incredibly well written, deeply affecting, innovative, and captivating -- magical realism at its absolute best.  Beyond being an incredible story, <i>Freshwater</i> is a reflection on identity, selfhood, and spirit that is unlike anything I've ever read before.  Incredible debut -- I very much look forward to reading Emezi's work.

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kdawns13's review

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dark emotional reflective sad fast-paced
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5.0


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arwa's review

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dark emotional
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5


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tina94's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark emotional mysterious sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5


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hanz's review against another edition

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challenging emotional mysterious slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0


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rebeccaseaman's review

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challenging dark emotional reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0


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afriske's review

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challenging dark emotional informative reflective sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0


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bookscoffeetour's review

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challenging dark emotional inspiring mysterious reflective slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

“Sometimes you recognize truth because it destroys you for a bit”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

CW: suicide attempts, suicidal ideation, rape, self-harm, self-destructive behavior, child abuse, domestic violence

This book did, in fact, destroy me for a bit… Akwaeke Emezi has quickly become an auto-buy author for me. After reading their sophomore novel, The Death of Vivek Oji, I needed more of this brilliant writing.

I’m yet again blown away by Emezi’s writing in Freshwater, their autobiographical debut novel. The way they write about the exploration of self, trauma, spiritual identity, the soul’s strategies of protection, self-destruction, rebuilding. There’s a lot to unpack in this novel; a lot of aspects of Ada’s story resonated with me and my own mental health journey.

I highly recommend this one and I will be moving Emezi’s YA debut, Pet, to the top of my TBR!

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