A review by iamcaseyrkelley
The Thing about Home by Rhonda McKnight

emotional reflective fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated


Hands down one of the best books I ever read. Literally every single person that I have recommended this book to has given it five stars. For context, I have a pretty nice size following on BookTok and the replies I have on this video are all - thx for the rec; it was amazing. As a mood reader, the fact that this author was able to seamlessly cross genres throughout the story was perfect. There were elements of a romance as we watched Casey and Nigel’s friendship. The historical fiction fan in me loved the dual timelines and the exploration into post slavery South Carolina. Casey’s journey of finding herself gave the story a coming of age feel while diving into the generational history of the family felt literary. It was done so well that you won’t notice it. But if you are a fan of any of the aforementioned genres, that is what you are most likely to see reading this story. I couldn’t put it down and didn’t want it to end. I want to know so much more about this family and have my fingers crossed that we get more.