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3.91  ·  Rating details ·  159 ratings  ·  56 reviews
An honest reflection on cultural identify, class, and gentrification. Fans of Nic Stone and Elizabeth Acevedo will eagerly anticipate Torrey.

On the day Torrey officially becomes a college freshman, he gets a call that might force him to drop out before he’s even made it through orientation: the bee farm his beloved uncle Miles left him after his tragic death is being forec
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 8th 2019 by Page Street
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Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell

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BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY is a breezy, college-age YA about a Afro-Latino boy named Torrey. It explores his struggle to keep his apiary (bee farm) from being foreclosed on, the negative aspects of gentrification, and also his coming of age romance with the bisexual love interest, Gabriel, a hot Portuguese guy who was the first boy Torrey ever kissed.

There were some things I really liked about BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY. I think it has an authen
anna (½ of readsrainbow)
rep: Black gay mc, Afro-Latino bi li, almost all Black side characters

Review also on my blog. ARC provided by the publisher.

I have so much love for this book, I’m not even sure where to start. Let’s just make a list and get through it step by step.

1) The writing style is really cool. It’s first person pov, which I know isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it works perfectly here. It’s clear that Montgomery knows how teenagers think, so it’s never awkward in that particular way only some YA books can
I do not remember the last time I fell so hard, so fast for a voice. (Honestly, might've been the author's last book. Voice is a clear common-thread skill here.) There's so much happening here and I'm too tired to write something coherent, so, the important bullet points:

1) This is set in college! YAY COLLEGE YA
2) The MC is a QPoC! Gay Black MC, bi Afro-Latinx (Brazilian) LI, to be exact
3) I loooove when MCs have awesome hobbies/occupations that they're really passionate about, and running an ap
Candice Montgomery
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: lol-i-wrote-this
SOMEBODY GIVE THIS AUTHOR A GD PULITZER! 🍯🐝💫 (idk, entirely objectively, I think the book’s pretty ok, ijs)
Kate (GirlReading)
When a book features an adorable second chance m/m romance, has a college setting, honestly discusses gentrification, race, poverty, sexuality and the undeniable intersections between them, explores family dynamics, including found family and the need for self care, you know you’re in for something great but when there are also BEES , there’s no escaping that greatness.

TW: homophobia, police violence
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

By Any Means Necessary is a story of family, friendship, and our past. It is a emotional book that examines racism, homophobia, and our difficulty in leaving behind the past. I am struggling to put words to my feelings about By Any Means Necessary. Featuring a black gay main character, Torrey is always conscious of the way the world and his family sees him. Montgomery examines the
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2019-releases
What a lovely surprise. I loved the main character's voice and the writing, witty and unique and the strong friendships in this. I also adored the complex feelings between letting go of the past and just letting to and do what's best for you, too. Overall such a strong read, I had a lot of fun with this and can't wait to read more from the author :)
Full review coming soon!

Thank you to the publisher & NetGalleyfor the e-ARC of this book. This did not, in any way, influenced my thoughts and rating
Richelle Robinson
DNF @100

Story touches on gentrification and how they come into the lower income neighborhoods, increase the prices and force people to leave. I’ve seen it happen and it’s horrible. Torrey deceased Uncle Miles, leaves him an apiary but it’s about to be seized in 30 days. Torrey just started college and is trying to deal with both life changing events at the same time. This is my first time reading this author and even though the book isn’t written badly I’m having a hard time getting into the sto
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-contemp
Firstly I would like to say that this book was not at all what I expected it to be. At first, I found it hard to get into the book, because its told only in first person and from Torrey's POV. So I was beginning to get bored thinking it's going to be the voice of a person who is only going to keep grumbling about the situation he is in. But the story evolved and with it, Torrey too.

To say life's been tough for Torrey wouldn't be an exaggeration. The kid is Black and poor and gay in a homophobic
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: by-black-authors
I don't have words for how much I love this book! asnjjbj

Just read it!
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: queer
Thanks to FFBC and the publisher for the beautiful ARC! All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Ok, first of all- this book should be a must read because it provided such a unique point of view on white privilege, truths of the ‘hood’, and gentrification.

My Likes:
When I say unique, I mean UNIQUE. Terry’s voice is so present and it catches your attention immediately. And of course, you either love it or hate it. He breaks the fourth wall so many times that it’s actually funny!

But this book discussed
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oh, this book. If you know me you probably know how much I loved this author's previous work. Montgomery's writing is fantastic, I could get lost in their clear and sharp prose forever. This is their second novel and while it is very different in style and tone from their first one, HOME AND AWAY, it is just as much a love letter to Black women and if anything it got even more enjoyable for me. If this were a play, Torr as a character would break the 4th wall constantly. I know some people will ...more
Actual Rating: 3.8 ish?

This was probably the first fiction book I've read that deals with gentrification so head-on, and I really liked that.

I had a shaky relationship with the writing, though-- sometimes I wanted to highlight entire pages, other times I found it to be jumping around too much, or trying too hard to be How The Kids Talk. The plot was kind of slow, especially at the beginning, but there were some scenes that really got to me. While I liked the relationship between Torrey and Gabe
Mari Johnston
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl.

Content Warnings: addiction, underage drinking, gentrification, racism, police brutality, death of family

Candice Montgomery has given us an astounding and culturally important novel with By Any Means Necessary.

the writing and voice

These were both so authentic. I loved the writing style and how it felt as if the main character was talking to the reader. It actually isn’t often that I enjoy this because it can feel really di
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: other-reviews
BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY is an engaging contemporary YA that presents some issues very well. The writing is in a stream-of-conscientiousness style through which we follow the main character, Torrey, very closely. Torrey is about to begin his freshman year of college at SFSU. He had been mainly raised by his aunt, after his mother entered into a coma due to brain injuries of a fall compounded by drug abuse and his uncle was killed by police.

His uncle left him an apiary in a gentrifying area of tow
Paige Green
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I reiceved this book from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Author: Candice Montgomery

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 5/5

Publication Date: October 8, 2019

Diversity: Gay MC and a M/M relationship

Genre: YA Contemporary

Recommended Age: 15+ (romance, bees, and idenity)

Publisher: Page Street

Synopsis: An honest reflection on cultural identify, class, and gentrification. Fans of Nic Stone and Elizabeth Acevedo will eagerly anticipate Torrey.

On the day Torrey officially becomes
CW: homophobic relative (grandfather), arrest of black teen by police

Ok when i read Cam;s first book I just fell in love with Taze. And now here comes Cam stealing my heart again with these characters. This time it's Torrey, my precious bee son! His character was just so well crafted. He made me laugh, almost made me cry (how dare you) damn near broke my heart over here but I forgive him !

Torrey is trying to desperately save his apiary (i just learned from this book that's what a bee farm is ca
Belle Ellrich
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it

This book really stunned me.

When I opened this book and started reading the first page, I knew I was going to be obsessed with it.

Candice Montgomery has a way of writing to entrance their readers, and it stayed that way throughout the majority of the book.

Torrey really opened our eyes to issues we aren’t always exposed to but can still see a lot of; those being harassment, racism, low incomes, homopho
Amanda Hanson
OH MY GOODNESS. I love so much about this book. The voice. The characters. The rep. I love everything. All the heart eyes in the world!!
Halle Kathleen
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is filled with themes that can bring out the empathy in any reader. I hope Torrey and his bees come back again in a sequel!
Jun 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did, in fact, read this for the bees. bees are the best and I love them with all my heart.

I really like how the writing in this book feels like a stream of consciousness because that's how I think in my head all the time. my brain is so loud every day.

anyway, read this book its phenomenal
Megan Phillips
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. RTC
Just posted a review at my blog, Trish Talks Texts.

I liked the MC A lot. He deserves all the good things.
H. Taylor
Jul 12, 2019 rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about this one.

I thought the writing was okay, though there were some formatting and grammatical issues, which I don’t know whether they are limited to ARC copies. For instance, the first letter of the start of each chapter was missing.

The plot itself was relatively interesting and I was really interested by the romance. However, it felt at times as though we were missing some information. For instance the introduction of the side characters and love interest didn’t really
Miss Susan
Apr 16, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: poc-author, lgbtqia
honestly this already sounded great and then i noticed the author's muslim? WE R READING TO SUPPORT THE UMMAH 😤
Brooke Banks
I received this book for free from Fantastic Flying Book Club in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Happy Friday Eve ya'll! Today I get to share my review of tear-jerking, heart-soaring life changing novel, By Any Means Necessary by Candice Montgomery. It's queer. Black. Queer and black AF. It's a love letter to so many communities and those among their intersections. It's beautiful. And necessary.
About By Any Means Necessary:
Lauriane (L.M. Durand)
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-contemporary
By Any Means Necessary is a young adult contemporary novel (LGBT) written by Candice Montgomery. Published by Page Street, the book was released on October 8, 2019. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Torrey McKenzie is a young, black, and gay college freshman. As he settles into his San Francisco State University (SFSU) dorm, he receives troubling news about the beloved apiary he inherited. Taxes were not paid while the business was handled by his grandfather, and he has two
Rachel (Life of a Female Bibliophile)
Read even more book reviews at: https://www.lifeofafemalebibliophile....

This novel follows the story of Torrey a black teenager who is a first generation college student in his family. His excitement for this new journey is dampened when he finds out the bee apiary back home is being sold. He took over it after Miles, his uncle, passed away and wants to keep the legacy while his grandfather, Theo, wants to get rid of it. Torrey grapples with what to do while trying to adjust to college life, mak
Oct 17, 2019 rated it liked it
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Lisa Cobb Sabatini
I won an Uncorrected Proof of By Any Means Necessary by Candice Montgomery from Goodreads.

The reader may believe he has an understanding of how gentrification of neighborhoods impacts the people who live there, but he will gain a more intimate understanding through Candice Montgomery's novel, By Any Means Necessary.
The author quickly draws in readers by placing them immediately inside the mind of protagonist Torrey McKenzie. Readers are introduced to the way Torrey views the world as his though
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Candice Montgomery is an LA transplant now residing in Seattle. By night, she writes YA lit about Black teens across all their intersections. By day, she teaches ballet to teen boys and works in the land of sobriety and rehab. It is the goal of her stories to interrogate the spaces of race, love, the body, and sexuality, all while being a witness of life.
She is represented by Jim McCarthy of Dyste

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