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Buzzcut, doll face, secret prude and healthy snacks brand ambassador, Theana Green, loses her money, boyfriend, and reputation in a matter of days. She thought her ‘rags to riches’ story would stay on “riches” for a long time. But the discovery of illegal additives in the snacks she promoted kicked her back to the bottom of the pit. The once-beloved doll was now a disliked ...more
Paperback, 334 pages
Published May 6th 2020
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Grady
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A most entertaining romance novel!

Nigerian author Enem Uko has published five books to date – HERS TO TELL, FAÇADE, JANUS, NOTICE ME, and now, THE PLACE THAT GAVE. In addition to her well-received books, Enem writes blogs on fashion, book reviews, and television series.

There are many clever aspects to this young adult contemporary romance novel, ideas in writing style that cue attention to the imaginative technique Enem uses to enhance her story. An example, each of the twenty four chapters is t
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MoreTea
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Place That Gave is a romantic and equally inspirational story. Starting with Theana losing everything she has worked for and idolized her whole life. The journey from loss, in the material and identity, to the discovery of much greater things makes this book so easy to love. The struggles of finding her place in a new world and life style changes teamed with a love story makes this book a must read for young audiences that will identify with the underlining challenges of the modern age as we ...more
Jade Green
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
'The Place That Gave' by Emem Uko was such a page-turner that I read it in a single weekend. Easy-to-read, the novel focuses on Theana Green, a woman who lost everything in the space of a few days. Her plan to reinvent herself in a village in Nigeria is not exactly going to plan, and then she meets ladies man Ramsey Edet. Meeting each other will make them both re-evaluate what really matters in life, but will they end up choosing each other or a new path entirely?

This is a great story, which doe
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Katia123
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Place That Gave is the second book I've read by Emem Uko and once again I really liked it. I loved the modern social media elements of the story and how fragile the industry is. The impact made to her life, whilst enjoyed, doesn't last long and Theana ends up back at the being trying to create a life she loves. The ups and downs of her life, the challenges she faces, make for an easy read that you won't want to put down. I really liked the characters and the plot, and the message behind the ...more
Julie Barrett
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Place That Gave by Emem Uko
Book starts out with a dedication and acknowledgement sections and list of chapters.
Story starts out with Theana and about her job. She loves it by helping others to get healthy and active.
She loses her job at Health Trix because it was found out the ingredients included in with the food was not legal and quite harmful.
She then loses her boyfriend and she has no money for rent. She takes a vacation to Nigeria where she hopes to find a new life for herself and be ab
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Tanmay Mehta
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Place That Gave by Emem Uko is a long read consisting of 24 chapters and 328 pages. The unique part was that each chapter had a title with the capital letter “E”.

🏖️It is a beautiful story of the experiences from failure, to the exploration of much bigger things, in substance and sovereignty, makes this novel so efficient to adore.

🏖️The struggles to find its place in a new world and transformations in life style coupled with a love storey make this novel a must read for young audiences who id
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Emem Uko has gained recognition for her unique plot-twisting and suspense-filled writing style, which leaves readers wanting more.

Emem Uko, whose first name means “peace” in Annang, developed a love for story books and writing at an early age and blames it on her parents’ decision to buy her books instead of candy. She soon began writing her own stories and poems and in High School, a poem of hers
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“She was knowingly punishing herself. That was the only reasonable explanation. There was no use in acting naive. What happened earlier in the day was proof that she was going to give in to his flirtation. It appeared she'd thrown caution to the wind and opened her arms to embrace everything that could go wrong in her life. What's one more problem to add to the pile?” 138 likes
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