A review by livlosiewicz
Freshwater, by Akwaeke Emezi

challenging dark slow-paced
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


·The writing is phenomenal- so unique, poetic, and powerful. 
·The concept is fascinating and has been stretching my brain in all kinds of ways. There’s a lot to unpack in this book and it will make for a good discussion 

·This book is HEAVY and pretty depressing 
·While I think they do a good job with this, the concept matter is pretty confusing, so it takes a lot of effort 
Recommendation: I recommend to those who like challenging and dark books that really make you think. This book was fascinating and I’ll be thinking about it for a while. HOWEVER, it’s also a lot, both emotionally and like, conceptually. So make sure you’re in the right emotional place for it (content warnings: sexual abuse/rape, suicide) and also ready to think about it. Avoid if you want something light, fun, or with a main driving plot. 

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