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3.78  ·  Rating details ·  166 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Fans of Monday's Not Coming and Girl in Pieces will love this award-winning novel about a girl on the verge of losing herself and the unlikely journey to recovery after she is removed from anything and everyone she knows to be home.

Moving from Trinidad to Canada wasn't her idea. But after being hospitalized for depression, her mother sees it as the only option. Now, living
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published May 26th 2020 by Delacorte Press (first published 2018)
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Thank you Netgalley and Random House Childrens for providing an ARC of Home Home for an honest review.

Kayla deals with Anxiety and depression. After overdosing on some pills Kayla is sent to Canada to stay with her aunt Jillian and her wife Julie. As Kayla stays in Canada with her aunts she starts to write in a diary all her thoughts and feeling.

I found this book informational and a great read for middle grade on up.
Wilmarie (lesbe.reader on IG & TikTok)
Home-Home is about a trinidadian girl who deals with depression and extreme anxiety and who after an incident is sent to temporarily live with her aunts in Canada. In this book, we talk about the tabu that there is in Trinidad about mental health and about being queer. We also see how she didn't seem to fit in because she didn't care about the standards of beauty.
What can I say about this book? Well, sadly I did not connect enough with the main character to feel for her. I wanted to care becaus
In Home-Home by Lisa Allen-Agostini we meet fourteen year old Kayla who is currently living with her Aunty and her partner. Kayla was sent to Canada after being hospitalized after a suicidal attempt. Kayla was diagnosed with depression and anxiety, a diagnosis her mother does not believe is a “real thing” so she sent Kayla away until she “comes back to her mind”. Kayla must now make a “home” for herself in Canada, in the cold, with her Aunty who she didn’t have a strong relationship with.

Vanessa Salazar
Home Home by Lisa Allen-Agostini is the 2017 third place winner of the Burt Award for Caribbean Young Adult Literature.

At just ninety pages, it is a quick but enlightening read about a fourteen year old girl's struggle with mental illness. Kayla, a Trinidadian residing in Trinidad, is shipped to care of her aunt in Canada after a failed suicide attempt. Her aunt and her lesbian live-in partner welcome Kayla as their guest with an option to stay on a more permanent basis.

The sexuality of the coup
Daisy May Johnson
There's a point towards the end of the first chapter of Home Home where I got The Feeling. You'll know what The Feeling is; it's that moment when you read something, maybe a word or a sentence or a metaphor, whatever, but you know that it's good. Your spine tingles. Something settles inside your head. The conscious recognition of skill, there, bubbling beneath the surface. The realisation that you're in good hands.

Home Home is the story of a depressed Trinidadian teenager, Kayla, who is sent to
Apphia Barton
It's a quick read and it's a great book for teenagers and young kids to have a go at during school's break. Home, Home definitely addresses quite simply an issue that's often overlooked or shoved under the carpet in some Caribbean homes. ...more
Jan 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this arc, which I received in exchange for an honest review. I'll post that review upon publication.

Updated 5/27/20:

3 stars

When the novel begins, readers learn that Kayla, the m.c., has recently moved from Trinidad to Edmonton. It's apparent, due to an early panic attack, that Kayla is struggling with more than her recent relocation. In fact, Kayla is now living with her aunts after attempting suicide while under her mother's care (a term I'll use loose
Marsha Gomes-Mckie
My first thought after reading this book is that nothing is better than a cute boy, the cutest boy you ever saw to produce serotonin to combat depression. It’s so simple it should be patented.

Home Home is a quick read, that addresses so many important issues. The most important is that it brings depression to the fore through the eyes of a teenager. It’s a glimpse into a world most of us do not know about and the sensory descriptions are excellent.

This book was equally wonderful and frustratin
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***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of HOME HOME by Lisa Allen-Agostini in exchange for my honest review.***


Sent from Trinidad to live in Canada with Aunt Jillian and her wife Julie, Kayla struggles with anxiety and depression and a distant relationship with her old-fashioned mother Cynthia. Kayla’s symptoms are so acute she’s nearly unable to function. Life in Canada is culture shock in terms of diversity and size adding to her feelings of overwhelming anxiety.
Karen A. Lloyd
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imagine reading this while struggling through a depressive episode... I feel seen.

I wish it were longer.
Feb 09, 2021 added it
this deals with a lot of heavy topics, but since it’s so short, it feels like lots of them are brushed over. regardless, i think this is a really strong depiction of depression, anxiety, and mental illness as a whole. being 14, the main character says some things that made me grit my teeth at times (i.e. transphobic ways of referring to a trans woman, internalized homophobia, and the simplifying of complex relationship dynamics), but i also recognize that she’s a kid, and was willing to learn an ...more
Sep 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Kayla is depressed and tries to kill herself in trinidad where she lives. Her single mom sends her to canada to live with her aunt and her aunts gf. A little boring
Rebel Women Lit
Use once for the temporary place where you are residing. Use twice for the place that embodies the true meaning of the word- home. That’s the impulse behind the title of Lisa Allen-Agostini’s book, Home Home. The story follows a teenage girl from Trinidad who is sent to Canada to stay with her aunt and her aunt’s partner. From the beginning, the reader confronts her world as she sees it happening to her. This is a story of youth told from a youth’s perspective, coming to grips with strained fami ...more
Chantal Aurora
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: black-mc, 2020-reads
Thank you to the publisher for an ARC.

Home Home is about Kayla who after a suicide attempt is sent to live with her Aunt in Canada. There she tries to adjust to Canada while struggling with severe depression and anxiety.

I love that this examined mental illness but with a black main character. It centered on someone from Trinidad where mental illness is still seen as something that comes from a demon. This book felt so real she truly captured all the intrusive thoughts, actions and feelings t
Jelke Lenaerts
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a galley of this book through Netgalley
This book has content warnings for alcoholism, a suicide attempt, homophobia, anxiety, depression and panic attacks.

This was a short read but it still manages to pack quite a punch. I love how the author didn't hold back when it came to these difficult issues. She didn't talk anything down and really showed the good and the bad moments. That was especially surprising to me because the main character is only fourteen and usually books with you
Dec 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The novella is a really beautiful meditation on mental illness, family, and migration. It tells the story of a 14-year-old girl from Trinidad who spends the summer with her lesbian aunts in Canada. The summer helps her realize how toxic her childhood was and empowers her to gently advocate for better for herself. It’s overall uplifting and really sweet, especially seeing her aunts care for her and get excited about her life.

The book is kinda tough to read in terms of mental health. The narrator
Maria Rivas-mc
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m writing this review on World Mental Health Day 2018 which - appropriately - has the theme of ‘young people and mental health in a changing world’. Kayla is every adolescent who suffers from mental distress and illness. “I was really, really unhappy, like I had this big hole in my belly between my heart and my stomach and I couldn’t fill it with food or with love or books or anything and I just felt sad, all the time, all the time, all the time.”

She is also every Caribbean child who comes fro
Ms. Yingling
Feb 23, 2020 rated it liked it
E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

There were so many things that I loved about this; the Trini main character living in Canada, her aunt and her wife, her anxiety, her best friend back "home home" who Skypes her when she is having panic attacks, and the cover and that title. Sadly, this was very slow paced, and I am not sure my middle school students would find the story as interesting as I did.
It was good but short.

I liked the main character, but it was hard to get attached in 149 pages. So instead, I took this book at face value. A discussion of mental illness amongst other issues, from the perspective of a 14 year old kid from Trinidad.

I didn't like the romance because I couldn't connect with the characters enough to care. That's my only real issue with the book.
Shivanee Ramlochan
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
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Jun 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good but too short..
Paula Lindo
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderfully short and sweet, and poignant. The relationship with the mother reminded me of my own, and there were so many things that ran true of the Caribbean experience
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a book everyone should read.

There's still a lot of people who go around thinking (and saying) that mental health issues are not real problems. A lot of pull yourself together crap, stop complaining, nobody owes you anything, just deal with it, bullshit. Mental health is just as important as physical health. And all that denying is indredibly harmful to those suffering. It takes away help, resources, and support. This is so more true in the case of children and adolescents. Because young
Dana Leigh Lyman
Jun 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Home Home by Lisa Allen-Agostini is a YA novel about a young teenage girl from Trinidad struggling with her mental health who is shipped off to spend time with her aunt in Canada after being hospitalized for depression. Though she feels overwhelmed and isolated by her new environment, she also feels a little safer and in control of her choices while experiencing unconditional love and support for the first time from her aunts. ⁣

Little by little she starts to work on herself in therapy and dig i
May 25, 2020 rated it liked it
As we near the beginning of Pride Month and Caribbean Heritage Month! Here's a YA book that infuses both into the main characters of the book. Kayla is a teen getting accustomed to moving from Trinidad to Canada two weeks after a hospital stay. Her Mother sends her to live with her Aunt Jillian and her Aunt's partner Julie.

Such a big life event would seem like a rough transition, but she has one best friend from Home, Home (Trinidad) to support her along the journey.

I enjoyed the loving and sup
Keondra Freemyn
Home Home is a gripping story of family, mental health, and love. Kayla is sent to Canada from Trinidad after facing mental health challenges that her mother cannot make sense of. Kayla perseveres through the expected cross-cultural challenges, her own homophobia, and health challenges to build a new life in Canada with her lesbian aunt and her partner. What I enjoyed most about this story is the exploration of family and conventional notions of love and care. Though her mother sends her away, t ...more
Tina Athaide
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lisa Allen-Agostini doesn't shy away from exploring challenging topics like suicide, depression, anxiety, identity and acceptance. Kayla is a 14-year-old girl from Trinidad who is sent to live with her lesbian aunts in Edmonton, Alberta. With the support of her aunts and a new friendship, Kayla learns to advocate herself. I commend the author for tackling these important issues, but felt the pace of the story was too slow and may not capture the attention of my MG students. That being said, I do ...more
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I actually leaned more toward giving this book 3 stars because it left a lot more to be explored. I understand the value in shorter books but this one had the potential to run over 300 pages and really dig into Kayla's character. But I give it 4 stars because it carefully and honestly touches on two subjects that are often taboo to talk about in Caribbean cultures - mental health, and the LGBTQ+ community. I think there is a need for more dialogue and books like this are a great start. With this ...more
Ms.  McKinney
Jun 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of HOME HOME by Lisa Allen-Agostini in exchange for my honest review.

This story is a quick pick (i.e.under 100 pages) that deals with mental health issues. Kayla is a 14 year old girl who has been sent from Trinidad to Canada to live with her Aunt (and her Aunt’s life partner) after a recent suicide attempt. Her Aunt extends an invitation to make Edmonton her permanent residence, but Kayla is apprehensive because it just doesn’t feel like
Deena Lipomi
Kayla's difficult mother moves her from Trinidad to Canada to live with her estranged aunt after Kayla is hospitalized with depression. She is feeling better with the help of caring family, a good doctor, and Skype calls with her best friend on the island, but she knows her anxiety and depression are lurking...she just hopes she can be honest with everyone about what she wants and needs to get better. A realistic look at depression and how it can come and go and is a lifelong battle. Kayla's des ...more
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Lisa Allen-Agostini is a poet, playwright, and fiction writer from Trinidad and Tobago. She is the author of a children's novel, The Chalice Project (forthcoming, 2008). An award-winning journalist, she is the Internet editor and a columnist with the Trinidad Guardian. ...more

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