🌸 Title: Honey Girl
🌸 Author: Morgan Rogers
🌸 Release Date: February 23rd, 2021
🌸 Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Fiction, LGBT, Romance
🌸 A non-major spoilers review.
With her newly completed PhD in astronomy in hand, twenty-eight-year-old Grace Porter goes on a girls’ trip to Vegas to celebrate. She is not the kind of person who goes to Vegas and gets drunkenly married to a woman whose name she doesn’t know…until she does exactly that.
This one moment of departure from her stern ex-military father’s plans for her life has Grace wondering why she doesn’t feel more fulfilled from completing her degree. Staggering under the weight of her father’s expectations, a struggling job market and feelings of burnout, Grace flees her home in Portland for a summer in New York with the wife she barely knows.
When reality comes crashing in, Grace must face what she’s been running from all along—the fears that make us human, the family scars that need to heal and the longing for connection, especially when navigating the messiness of adulthood.
Whew. Honey Girl took me a while to finish. I could not get into it and I could not stay in it, but even at the end, it felt incomplete (even as I wished it were over already). I’m sad because this was one of my most anticipated reads by Black authors this year, too.
I felt gypped by the fact that the description said Grace would be in New York with you know who when in reality she doesn’t end up there until halfway through the book. It takes us so long to get there that I wasn’t sure what the point was with everything and everyone else. They seemed like unnecessary characters who I wanted to have been explored more but weren’t.
Things feel too magical, too fairytale at times mixed in with real-world problems and it left me with a sour taste overall.