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4.19  ·  Rating details ·  14,212 ratings  ·  3,225 reviews
Pet is here to hunt a monster.
Are you brave enough to look?

There are no more monsters anymore, or so the children in the city of Lucille are taught. With doting parents and a best friend named Redemption, Jam has grown up with this lesson all her life. But when she meets Pet, a creature made of horns and colours and claws, who emerges from one of her mother's paintings and
Paperback, 203 pages
Published November 7th 2019 by Faber & Faber (first published September 10th 2019)
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CloneCommando559 While the character is transgender, it is not a theme of the book. It is mentioned in a chapter, and then doesn't come up for the rest of the book. It…moreWhile the character is transgender, it is not a theme of the book. It is mentioned in a chapter, and then doesn't come up for the rest of the book. It has LGTBQ+ characters, but I don't think it has it as a theme. (less)

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The Artisan Geek
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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My chest is heavy, my throat is rough and my eyes are tearing. What a story, I can't believe it's over! I don't think I have ever been so upset for a story to finish. Emezi's writing is nothing less than remarkable and I need more - Freshwater it is. Will be uploading a review to my Youtube channel as soon as possible!

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Sep 22, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars, but could definitely be enjoyed by other readers. This is a charming and darkly whimsical story about a Black transgender girl who becomes friends with a mysterious creature. The utopian city and its “extinct” monsters is an intriguing yet simple idea that masks more complex meanings. I think I personally would have been more invested if the story were longer; it’s a short and sweet book that has a straightforward narrative, but at the expense of not developing further for what alread ...more

All knowledge is good knowledge, Pet said.

I don’t know if that’s true, Jam thought back. It doesn’t feel true right now.

Truth doesn’t care if it feels true or not. It is true nonetheless.

in the world of books and publishing, some titles are marketed as YA with the expectation that they will have crossover appeal into the adult market, and some are intended to pull in strong-reading tweens looking to grow out of their middle grade options.

this one feels like it was written for th
Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Angels can look like many things. So can monsters.

This book is hard to swallow. It is HEAVY, leaving the Reader with so much to process.

Pet is a wildly creative story following, Jam, a black transgirl, living in a sort of metaphorical Utopian city called, Lucille.

In this futuristic-feeling city, the angels have gotten rid of the all the monsters. There are no monsters left, or so they say.

Jam lives with her parents, Bitter and Aloe. They are so loving and supportive of Jam. She is
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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Edit: please stop leaving me rude comments telling me that the female character is transgender. I have been informed and updated my GR shelves accordingly. I appreciated being informed and it does NOT affect my rating of the book. Leaving me sarcastic, rude comments is not educating and mocking me for missing something you think is "obvious" is being rude. Three stars means I LIKED the book and the only things I took issue with in PET we
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
First, some notes on representation.

➾Black, trans girl lead who is selectively verbal and uses sign language frequently
➾Entirely black cast
➾Jam's best friend has three parents (they are in a polyamorous relationship and one of the parents uses they/them pronouns)

Now, onto the book itself.

For a book that was so hard for me to describe prior to reading it, this has a relatively straightforward premise. It is set in the world of Lucille, a place where righteous "angels" have eliminated all monster
mina reads™️
This book was beautiful and haunting and i absolutely cried at the end

cw: child abuse, csa specifically
when a highly awaited book actually exceeds my expectations all I wanna do is cry and give a sacrificial offering to whatever gods held its fate in their hands
may ➹
this was brilliant and probably one of the most creative/unique books I’ve ever read

short rtc!
Lauren Lanz
3.5 stars! ⭐️

“Monsters don't look like anything, That's the whole point. That's the whole problem.”

Pet is a book that diverged greatly from my original expectations. The storyline cleverly weaved an important message using methods I’ve never seen before.

~★~ What is this book about? ~★~

Jam has grown up learning that her town was filled with monsters. They’re all gone now, or so she thought, before one emerged from her mother’s painting. Pet is a creature of feathers and claws and horns, a
C.G. Drews
This is one of those books you just keep thinking about, long after you finish. It's honestly incredible, and...I think it handled some seriously dark themes so, so well. It's almost haunting by the end and the angels vs monsters theme was makes you stop. I also knew about true angel mythology already: that they're ugly and terrifying creatures, but still angels. It leans into that: what does a monster look like? what does an angel look like? It's both about the abstract concepts AND t ...more
Elyse  Walters
Having been a ridiculously-crazy-mind-blowing fan of “FRESHWATER”, by Akwaeke Emezi’s debut autobiographical novel - It took seconds to request a copy of “PET”, the moment I saw the book on Netgalley.

I love the “About the Book”, sentence....created by the advertising folks:

Yes...yes...yes....I put on my ‘brave’ hat, wrapped myself in my new gorgeous ‘brave’ blanket ( made by my wonderful-moon-friend) - snuggled into my ‘brave’ chair
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
This was absolutely INCREDIBLE!

Jade Ratley
Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 13, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I feel terrible about this one star review since Emezi's novel Freshwater is one of my all-time favorite books and I still see her as a budding writer of genius. I've never rated a book after reading just 17 pages, but in this case the writing on the wall was too clear. While I agree 1000% with the author's outlook, this book feels like a checklist of political correctness with characters and story awkardly draped over it. The overly sweet cheeriness of the language feels patronizing and didacti ...more
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pet is a story about how evil – any kind of evil – thrives in plain sight when people start refusing to look for it, to acknowledge that it can and does exist. It’s a story about how this refusal of any kind of discomfort, this hiding from the world’s truth, hurts and silences victims.

It follows Jam, a black trans girl with selective mutism who lives in Lucille, a town in a future version of America that would look like an utopia to us. Not only the people around Jam accept all of her as she is,
I like this book's concept (how do you recognize evil in a world where evil shouldn't exist?), and on a technical level, the writing is excellent. However, I think there was a mistake made marketing Pet as a YA novel. This is undoubtedly a children's book - the voice and behavior of the main character is young (16-year old Jam reads like a child half her age), the plot is simplistic and straight-forward, and overall it tackles the very complex and interesting premise in a too simple way. I would ...more
Kathryn Speckels (Metaphors and Miscellanea)
A refreshing #OwnVoices story offering a fresh, highly relevant take on the concept of angels and monsters, Pet proves that Akwaeke Emezi can write for younger audiences just as well as they can for adults.

Pet is, at its heart, a story about finding and eliminating evil, even—or especially—when that evil goes unnoticed by most. Jam, a selectively-nonverbal black trans girl, finds herself caught in a moral quandary when a terrifying creature climbs out of one of her mother’s paintings and into t
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
perfect in almost every way. probably one of my favourite reads of the year. highly, highly recommended!!
Jun 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art, fantasy
How do you stop monsters if no one admits they exist?

Jam's mother paints a hybrid creature with goat legs, a furred and twisted torso, long gold-feathered arms with metal-clawed human hands stiched crudely on. It has ram's horns and a feathered face and a mouth that spews smoke.
The creature in the painting comes to life.
This is not the monster.
I want to preface this by saying this was definitely a 'me not you' rating. There were so many things I loved in Pet - mainly Jam and Redemption and Pet themselves. The level of diversity is phenomenal, and should be as visible as this in other, more accessible literature. Jam is presented as who they are without any fanfare or gratuitousness and I loved that.

However, the world building really let's this down, as it is severely lacking any great depth or set up, without any explanations as to w
This book was beyond deep...I don't think I even have the words to describe what I just read. I really think that this is one that I need to sit on and possibly read again before the year is over. I don't think that it's for everyone and there are quite a few things that can be considered content warnings. Wow...I think I'm still speechless. ...more
4.5 stars
A deceptively complex high middle grade / low YA about Jam, a 16-year-old sometimes mute Black trans girl who lives in a near future supposed utopia where all the "monsters" have been eradicated. But when she accidentally helps a creature from her mom's painting come alive, it tells her there is a monster in her friend Redemption's house. Heartbreaking and profound. One of the book's most salient points is how adults dismiss and outright ignore signs of abuse and children when they try
CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
This is a short read, but don't underestimate the power of this book. Because, wow, this book will pack a punch and the climax of the book will twist your insides.

- Follows Jam, a Black and trans teen with selective mutism, who accidentally summons the monster in her mother's painting - and the monster, called Pet, is on the hunt for a monster in her best friend's house.
- Set in a town of Lucille, where 'angels' (good and righteous people) have eliminated all 'monsters' (bad people) from the tow
I keep having so much trouble writing 5 star reviews. I just want to say: please read this, it's amazing.

So: please read this, it's amazing. This book is about a Black trans girl with selective mutism - sometimes she speaks, sometimes she uses sign language. It deals with morality, and with the importance to believe victims.

CWs: pedophilia/child sexual abuse (not explicit), descriptions of blood and wounds, some body horror
Traci at The Stacks
So creative. Loved the ways the characters just were and didn’t need tons of explanations for their identities. Loved that this was a darker story and still felt age appropriate. The ways Emezi dealt with violence and bigotry was so well done, not too overt and not too precious. Loved the world building and would’ve liked more of that. More of the history and mechanics of where we were. Overall really good. Also loved the character names.
Oct 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poc-author
3.5 stars for me, but would probably be a 4-5 star book for someone in the age range of this book. The ideas and themes in here are really important but it just sometimes felt kind of heavy handed and obvious (but again, I'm an adult).

Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
"Monsters don't look like anything... That's the whole point. That's the whole problem."

A fast-paced middle grade dark fantasy fiction which deals with several important topics young adults (and we adults) try to find answers for.

This is the story of Jam, her mother, Bitter who paints like someone possessed, her dad, Aloe, who's just chill pill and her best friend, Redemption; Hibiscus, Redemption's uncle and Moss, Redemption's younger brother.

The painting. The Pet. Things get pretty crazy and
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, this was amazing. I wasn't sure what I've expecting; I've read the author's adult book and thought it was good, but really trippy, and I didn't completely understand it. With PET, I completely understood what was going on, and even guessed what would happen at some point, but that didn't make it any less impactful.

A lot of people have been talking about how they want younger YA, and I think this is an excellent example. It's not MG, but I doubt Jam and her best friend, Redemption, are olde
This was just so smart, so fast? That feels like such a silly thing to say but I was just so impressed with how much the author accomplished in the first chapter alone. The whole book felt really short without feeling incomplete, quick and relevant, and it made me really glad I also own FRESHWATER. I also can’t not mention that I’m pretty sure this is traditional publishing’s first trans girl MC of color, so I’m glad that milestone is in a great book! (CW: CSA)
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What does a monster look like? Jam asked.

Her mother focused on her, cupping her cheek in a chalky hand. "Monsters don't look like anything, doux-doux. That's the whole point. That's the whole problem.”
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