Review: Maame by Jessica George

Author: Jessica George
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Released: January 31, 2023
Received: Own (BOTM)

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Book Summary:

Maddie’s life in London has been less than glamorous, to say the least. She works hard during the day, only to come home and continue working hard. Being the primary caregiver for your ailing father is far from easy, and that’s before taking the emotional toll into account.

When her mom is finally home for a time, it’s decided that Maddie should move out and make an actual attempt at living her life. What follows is an emotional adventure with a strong coming-of-age vibe.

My Review:

Oh wow. I grabbed Maame because I’m trying to be better about diversifying my reading, and boy, was I not prepared for this book’s emotional roller coaster. To be clear, it’s a fantastic roller coaster, but a coaster nonetheless.

The highlight of this novel is absolutely the main character. Her journey (coming-of-age story) is not unique – she’s trying to find her place in the world while coping with guilt and grief. The latter two bits hit me particularly hard as somebody who also grew up with an ill father.

Maame does a great job of making readers root for Maddie. You’ll feel a range of emotions on her account, including indignation and joy. As I said, emotional roller coaster. It’s very much worth the read, so you should check it out!


  • Coming of Age
  • Contemporary Fiction
  • Debut Novel
  • Strong Lead

Trigger Warnings:

  • Racism
  • Familial Trauma
  • Death in the Family

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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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