A review by poursandpages
Freshwater, by Akwaeke Emezi

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


Freshwater is Akwaeke Emezi’s first novel, which is mind-blowing in & of itself. Their writing is genre-bending, captivating, haunting, gut-wrenching, & ethereal, all at the same time.

The book explores the world of the Ada, a girl from Nigeria who has spirits living inside her mind. You feel every ounce of pain she feels. You bend & break with her, even if you’ve never felt anything like what she’s experiencing.

It’s a hard & triggering read for a LOT of people - a lot goes on in this short little novel. Tread carefully, but don’t let it stop you from reading it (if you can).

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