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Honey Girl

The novel titled, “Honey Girl” by Morgan Rogers is captivating and intriguing.

A check out of this book at the cash register would be worth the return on investment.

With her newly completed Ph. D. 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.

“I think this novel is a wonderful example of planning things down to the letter, having things go horribly wrong, and learning to be okay with that. Not only does Grace have to learn who her new wife is, she comes to find that astronomy isn’t the most welcoming field to a Black, queer woman like her. And her military father does not help eliminate the anxiety of all these lifechanging events,” said Ashleigh Martin in her Dallas Public Library book review.

“This book says that its fine to not fully know your next steps, therapy is A-OK, and the people that love and support you most, aren’t always related to you,” she added.

“If you’re looking for a book that speaks on the loneliness we sometimes feel in this big universe, that shows the growing pains of adulthood, and may make you tear up just a teensy bit, then Honey Girl is the one for you. Also, the cover looks amazing! I am 1000% in love with seeing more Black women on book covers, she concluded.

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Edited by Jesus Chan

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