Sunday, February 13, 2022

Speaking of Summer by Kalisha Buckhanon


DNF @ 11%

I bought this when it went on sale despite the low GR ratings because the premise sounded amazing. I love female-fronted thrillers/mysteries about troubled main characters trying to work through some sort of intense family trauma. In this case, the trauma is that the heroine, Autumn's, twin sister, Summer, has disappeared, and nobody cares because she is Black, and as far as the media is concerned, Black people go missing all the time. Like, that's the status quo.

Obviously this is wildly problematic and the heroine decides to take matters into her own hands. At the same time, she's working through some emotional baggage of her own, and you can feel the weight of her depression through the prose itself, which is maybe why the narrative feels so bogged-down and slow. Stylistically, this didn't really appeal to me. I think it will appeal to people who like books by authors like Francesca Lia Block and Nova Ren Suma. I call it the "depressed artsy girl" genre of fiction. That was me in high school but it isn't me so much now. I couldn't get through the writing.

2 to 2.5 out of 5 stars

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