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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
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 8th 2019 by Page Street
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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
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Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ 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
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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)
Dahlia
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
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USOM
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
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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
Marie
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
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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
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Kazen
Sep 17, 2020 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
This is a voice-driven book and sadly, my brain is not in a place to enjoy that kind of story at the moment. A regretful, it's-not-you-it's-me DNF. ...more
jocelyn
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
bookishly_sweety
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-contemp, owned
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
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Keeana
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!
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M
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
Alicia (A Kernel of Nonsense)
TW: homophobia, police brutality, drug addiction

What I Liked:
Torrey – Torrey is the kind of person who wants to do too much and doesn’t realize until it’s too late that he can’t. Often a ball of anxiety, Torrey internalizes his problems, has a hard time letting go, and places too much on his own shoulders. The bee farm his uncle left for him after he died isn’t a fun hobby he takes care of during his free time, it’s a way to remember Uncle Miles, one last connection he has with the man who gave
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Aditi
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
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Enne
4 stars

This is a book that does so many things and I absolutely loved that about it. It’s a story about family trauma and finding yourself, it’s also a cute romance, it’s also a story about gentrification and the way it affects communities of color.

I loved the main character so much?? From this day forward, I am a Torrey stan account and there’s absolutely nothing you can do about. He’s written as such a complex and multi-faceted person and I have to commend Candice Montgomery for her excellent
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Vanellope
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
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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
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Olivia
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
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Sofia (Bookish Wanderess)
*3,7 stars*

- The voice of the main character is really strong in this book, it was engaging and funny and very real from the very first page.
- This book addresses some serious topics like racism, gentrification, and homophobia within the Black community. Also, the importance of self-care always.
- I really liked the friendships in this book and I wish we so more of them.
- I don't know exactly how to put this but I think I would have liked to see a little less of the main character's internal
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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!!
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
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N.G. Peltier
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
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Ashley Owens
4.5/5 stars

It's not very often that a book literally makes me laugh out loud. Or that I desperately feel the need to read passages of a book aloud to my partner. But I did with this one.

I am in awe of how many topics - both serious and heartwarming - were covered in this kind of short book. And it was done in a very relatable and realistic way. I wish we learned more about why London/Gabe was back in SF... Torrey asks him I think twice what happened to bring him back to the west coast, and an an
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Cynthia
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book got me. The university setting, Torrey's gentrification fight, the Malcolm X references, Black girls in STEM, found family, queerness. Torrey felt so real to me and I just wanted him to have everything. ...more
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!
Alex
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
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Malka
May 22, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
3.5 Stars
Trisha
Just posted a review at my blog, Trish Talks Texts.

I liked the MC A lot. He deserves all the good things.
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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
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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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