Review: Brown Girls by Daphne Palasi Andreades

Author: Daphne Palasi Andreades
Publisher: Random House
Released: January 4, 2022
Received: NetGalley

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It’s debut time! But seriously, there’s nothing I love more than picking up a debut novel, especially if it is in one of my favorite genres. Written by Daphne Palasi Andreades, Brown Girls is one of those books that begs to be read.

New York is full of different cultures, as people worldwide come here to find a new place and path in life. Among those trying to reconcile their backgrounds with their future are girls such as Nadira, Gabby, Naz, Trish, and Angelique, just to name a few. There are hundreds of girls just like them.

Brown Girls celebrates their journey, turning it into a poetic adventure that any reader could resonate with.

I can see readers going one of two ways with Brown Girls: either they’re going to love it or hate it. I fall into the former category. If you enjoy a novel that portrays lots of little moments in people’s lives, this might just be the read for you.

Brown Girls is essentially a collection of vignettes featuring many characters, including those I mentioned above. They are short and sweet, bouncing from one to the next. Despite all of these transitions, the story is relatively easy to follow. It helps that Daphne Palasi Andreades stuck to a chronological storytelling format.

There is something so beautiful about the writing style of this book – it would not be an exaggeration to call it poetic or lyrical. It flows throughout the narrative, weaving in and out of each character’s story. It’s so compelling and wonderfully human, making it the perfect delivery system for the story of Brown Girls.

Thanks to Random House and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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