“We are capable of so much good and so much harm, sometimes in the same breath.”
*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Park Row Books in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***
There has been a lot of hype around Honey Girl and after reading the blurb I wasn’t able to resist this debut either… I’ve somehow hardly read any F/F romance and the premise of this own voices lesbian romance story sounded absolutely fantastic and a perfect excuse to remedy this. I’m SO glad I decided to read Honey Girl despite the hype now: hyped books and me don’t tend to get along, but this book is the exception to that rule. It turned out to be such a beautifully rendered and captivating read!
The first thing that stands out for me is the writing. Morgan Rogers sure has a way with words! This debut has such lush and lyrical writing that had me fully mesmerized as soon as I read the first chapter (the prologue written in the second person wasn’t for me, but that is just a personal pet peeve). This same beautiful writing style can be found throughout the story, and the many descriptions were a true feast for they eyes. Honey Girl has definitely made me an instant fan of her writing!
I also loved that Honey Girl isn’t only an own voices story with POC main characters, but also has a focus on the LGBT comunity with multiple characters on top of the lesbian relationship between Grace and Yuki. Both elements were key in the plot and I loved how they were incorporated into the story realistically and flawlessly. The main focus is on Grace and Yuki’s relationship after their Las Vegas wedding of course, and I loved seeing their characters develop and connect. This Las Vegas wedding and the main characters not knowing each other at all despite being married is definitely a fascinating premise.
Honey Girl has a wide cast of side characters who all add their little something to the plot. All have their own background and are sufficiently developed to make them come alive and it’s really easy to connect to the mayority. The story is told from Grace’s POV, but it’s quite easy to get to know Yuki very well in the chapters where they are together. Grace can be quite frustrating at times, but as a whole I really liked both main characters, which made it really easy to stay invested in the story.
I liked the development of the plot, and how multi-layered this story is. We not only have the Las Vegas wedding and what happens after, but we also have family issues, Grace struggling with mental health as well as parental pressures, race and discrimination among other things. The plot itself is just as rich as that lush writing and definitely helped turn this story into a success. I also loved that Yuki has her own radio show and how it played a role in the plot instead of being just background.
As a whole I most definitely had an excellent time with this debut, and if you enjoy well developed, beautifully written and diverse romance stories, Honey Girl is an excellent choice.