“five years/ since that Chicago apartment/ and saturdays with my father/ taking …

“five years/ since that Chicago apartment/ and saturdays with my father/ taking sips of his coffee/ while I slipped across/ the floor in my/ socks “ 💜

A fantastic debut novel in verse that tells the story of Ada–daughter of a Nigerian father who immigrated to the US and an African American mother. The story toggles between present day college Ada at Howard University, a HBCU and her childhood years. It’s a story of growing to love yourself, your body and your own unique voice. Ada faces the struggles of many first/second generation kids and the heavy expectations set on us to achieve. We’re constantly reminded of the sacrifices our parents have made and it’s imperative we do right by them and achieve whatever they want for us. But among us are artists, comedians, dancers, dreamers who don’t want a traditional job trajectory or college major and there’s sometimes a tension between our desires and a conflicting expectation to make our parents proud by doing the “right” thing. I loved all the dance references in this book. Raising a dancer and being a lover of dance myself, I deeply felt the way Ada connected with her body through dancing and movement. I just wish I could have seen Magic on paper!! This book really nailed the feelings of starting college for sure. Brought me right back to my first year of college as well. If you love Elizabeth Acevedo, I’d pick this one up – no doubt there will be many comparisons between these books in verse from women of color. This was my first book in verse and I loved it!!!

Thank you to penguinteen for providing an ARC of this book! This book just released this week so it’s available now to purchase! Highly recommend!! 💜



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