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In this sweeping debut, actress Asha Bromfield takes readers to the heart of Jamaica, and into the soul of a girl coming to terms with her family, and herself, set against the backdrop of a hurricane.

Sometimes the storm is inside of you...

Tilla has spent her entire life trying to make her father love her. But every six months, he leaves their family and returns to his true
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Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: May 4th 2021 by Wednesday Books
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Two things you need at your disposal to start this precious poignant journey; Patois language dictionary and tons of napkins because you’re going to cry your eyes out!

Get ready to be ripped your heart apart: Tilla’s story will bring out the feelings you never experienced! Your emotions will be everywhere after you read her heartbreaking journey!

This is thought provoking story about daughters who are deeply yearning to preserve her father’s love and care ! Tilla can do anything to stay as her
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Asha Bromfield
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
What I love the most about my book is that it gives a voice to the sexual shame that a lot of young women are forced to carry. It's a story about the inherent dangers of becoming a woman. When were are no longer loved and revered by 0ur fathers or protected by the chastity of girlhood.

The purpose of putting pen to paper has always been clear for me: I wanted to write a coming of age that explored the deep complexities of my journey into womanhood. This is a story about a young woman’s humanity -
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Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
Tilla and her younger sister, Mia, are spending the summer in Jamaica with their father. Though she was born in Canada, her parents are Jamaican natives, and she’s resigned herself to a summer without friends or internet. Yet there’s more waiting for Tilla in Jamaica than even she realizes, and she at once experiences a sexual awakening and a cultural backlash intent on shaming her for it. When the threat of a hurricane cuts her off completely from the outside world, Tilla will have to learn how ...more
WillowRaven
OK ... so ..... before I start, I just want to say ... look at this cover that they used for the ARC for this book (apologies, not the best picture):

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Honestly, I just LOVE it and wish they would use *it* for the official cover instead of the one I've seen. I think this is so beautiful in it's simplicity, and allows more for the reader to ponder what is really between the pages. Sometimes simple *is* better.

Now, then .....

This book ... THIS BOOK .... OMG ... the feels, the emotions, the roller coa
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-`ˏ Galaxi Faerie ˎ´˗
-`ˏ 4 stars ˎ´˗

Storyline: -`ˏ 8/10 ˎ´˗
It's only for the summer. . . Tilla dreaded the idea of facing her father, a man she once respected, who made the decision to leave his family and live his life in Jamaica. She needed to use this moment to figure out why his homeland is more important than her, but things didn't turn out as planned. Not only did she realize something shocking about her father, but her own self as well. There’s more than one storm brewing on this island.

Characters: -`ˏ 8/10
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Trisha
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
"There is beauty in destruction."

This is a beautifully written story about a young woman finding her way in a foreign land. She heads there to spend time with her absentee father but instead finds love, family, and the mystery and power of weather. There are parts of this story that are hard to read, times that I was so angry I could barely breath around my rage. Of course, a testament to the author's amazing writing and message was that I couldn't stop reading, I needed to finish this story and
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Solace_In_Reading
Aug 22, 2020 marked it as to-read
8.22.2020
This book is definitely on my radar for 2021. I will be very excited to see the cover!
Brinley
Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book isn't one I see myself reading again for fun. It's not a book you read to enjoy, it's a book you read to remind yourself that you're not alone. It's a book about the struggles of being a woman, its a book about yearning for love that has been denied. It's a book that will break your heart, only to piece it back together.

First off, I'd just like to say how much I loved the setting of this. In all of the other tropical books I've read, the island is portrayed as a paradise, it's a nice
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-ˏˋJamieˊˎ-
Feb 03, 2021 marked it as to-read
Shelves: not-out-yet
this cover can slay meeeeeeeeee
Alyson Stone
Feb 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, teen-fic, summer
Book: Hurricane Summer
Author: Asha Bromfield
Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars

I would like to thank the publisher, Wednesday Books, for sending me an ARC.

Oh, wow, guys, this one gave me all of the feels! I had such a great time reading this one. At first, it kind of comes across as your typical YA book, in which a girl leaves her home and goes on a journey of self-discovery one summer. However, there is so much more to it than that. We get to look a real Jamaica and see how most of its people live. We ha
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Rajiv
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing

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The author did a fantastic job in writing the tale. Some moments are so raw and gripping which are challenging to read. Yet, some moments burst with pure innocence that lightens your heart and gives you a fresh perspective. Moreover, it is never easy fitting into a new society, even if it is temporary. There will be people in life who will be jealous of who you are and try to bring you down to high their insecurities. The aut
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Kerine Wint
This book read more like a memoir but with the author penning the MC as a teenager (making this assumption based on the acknowledgements and her own comments on the GR's page about this being about her life experiences). Unfortunately, unlike a reflective piece, Bromfield writes most of the scenes and the MC's reactions to mistreatment as if she's already had some life experiences/lessons that she's already learned without ever explaining how she would have. There is such a disconnect - or maybe ...more
Ramblin Hamlin
Jan 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
My mom always says you get two birthdays. The first one is the day you are born. The second is the day you leave home and give birth to yourself.

A breathtaking Coming of Age story about a girl named Tilla who visits her father in his home country, Jamaica. Tilla was born in Jamaica but moved to Canada when she was young. She has always felt like her father did not love her because he spends six months of his life in Jamaica. Tilla hopes to connect with her father but is thrust into a land and cu
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Carol
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hurricane Summer is a beautiful and compelling story of eighteen-year-old Tilla's summer with her father's family in the countryside of Jamaica. Tilla's parents migrated from Jamaica to Canada, however, their father has never fully assimilated and spends so much time in Jamaica that the parents' marriage seems all but over. The story begins with Tilla and her nine-year old sister, Mia bidding their mother goodbye as they board the plane for the trip, and the tension is immediately evident. Tilla ...more
Elizabeth Aguilar
Jan 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
RTC

Trigger warnings: slut-shaming, gaslighting, rape, colorism
Content warning: infidelity
Representation: Jamaican-Canadian MC and Jamaican supporting characters

I received an eARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Temporary rating. I'm sitting on some thoughts for a few days. I'm conflicted on some things.
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Marieke du Pré
Wow! A surprisingly well written story about a Canadian girl visiting her Jamaican father, facing the differences between both countries, including classism, racism (between colored people!) and sexism. This story is written by an actress from Riverdale. I never watched that series so I didn’t know Asha Bromfield. NetGalley provided me direct access to this story and I was curious if the actress could write too. Well, the answer is wholeheartedly: Yes! The more I read, the more intrigued I becam ...more
Ellie M
Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, ownvoices
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Kristy
Dec 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-ebooks, 2020
Title: Hurricane Summer

Author: Asha Bromfield

Genre: YA lit/ own voices

Thank you Netgalley for this book.

The own voices world in YA lit is exploding, and I love it. Teens don’t need to be forced to read the “classics.” What a way to create disengagement. There are TONS of amazing books to use as resources for high school teachers. This book should absolutely be one of them, as well.

Tilla and her little sister, Mia, are leaving their mother behind in Canada to visit their dad in Jamaica for the su
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Tonja Drecker
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
With the force of a hurricane, the emotions of a young woman finding herself and her place blows through even tough circumstances.

Tilla has grown-up with her sister and mother in Canada, her father always going back to Jamaica and his true home. When her mother decides the two girls should spend the summer on the island with their father and a family they haven't seen in many years, Tilla doesn't really want to go. But she's not asked. The arrival not only means culture shock and struggling with
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Melissa Lawrence
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-s
Wow. Just wow. Can I give a standing ovation from my living room?! This book is amazing. From the characters to the descriptive writing to the dialogue taking place in primarily patois... it’s all phenomenal.

Now to the story. We follow a summer in Jamaica with Tilla, the main character, and her adventure (but this seems to light hearted a word) in her families homeland. She arrives thinking she will be spending the summer with her dad, but ends up learning some hard life lessons. In the end Til
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Ingrid Hart
Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love, love, LOVED THIS BOOK!!
This story is beautiful, lush and compelling from beginning to end. It is a MUST READ!! Tilla's journey touched me to my core and Asha's writing is SUPERB!! Honestly, this book reads like healing poetry. THANK YOU, Asha! The world needs this book!!
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Kathy
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Incredible coming of age story. I've never been to Jamaica but the descriptions in this book made it easy to picture. I found the Patois glossary extremely helpful. Well written and well developed characters. Sorry to see it end. ...more
Amanda B
Jan 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-buy
Thank you, NetGalley and the publishers for providing me with this eARC in exchange for an honest review. Hurricane Summer follows Tilla while she visits Jamaica, where her father lives, for the summer with her younger sisters, Mia. I will say right now, there are explicit scenes of sexual assault, and quite a few other scenes of serious mistreatment that I would call emotional and verbal abuse from family.
Tilla has a really hard relationship with her father. She remembers the good times in Can
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Jennifer
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaway-winners
This is a beautiful book. Tilla is 17 and visiting her father in Jamaica for the summer before her senior year. What she finds in Jamaica is both beautiful and heartbreaking.

A coming of age novel with beautiful scenery, a celebration of culture, and a bit of #metoo thrown in. Trigger warning: the #metoo scene is VERY realistically written. Tilla learns who to trust, who to love, and who she herself is as the story progresses.

Most of the book is interspersed with patois (the Jamaican dialect) wh
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Caitlin Michelle
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021-reads
Ooooo boy this was A Lot. Review to come once I’ve processed a bit.
>>Alright here we go. First things first, I won an advanced copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway - I don't know if that's relevant but I figured I would make that known. Second thing, CONTENT WARNINGS. This book covers a lot of topics and I wanted to bring those to light so you can be informed before going into the book (I'm not saying don't read the book, I'm just saying heavy shit happens and content warnings are impo
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Nita Swanson
Nov 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Loved the title. It grabbed me. Jamaica is an exotic place that people dream of. Very descriptive and pulled me in. The trials and joys of being a woman is captured here. Kudos to author ✍️
Sherry Brown
Oct 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hurricane Summer is a very powerful and emotional book. It definitely touched my heart .
Alyssa
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Review posted on Edelweiss.
Ashley
Mar 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and Wednesday Books for providing me with an eARC!

Tilla is going to Jamaica, her family’s homeland, for the first time. She has no idea what to expect but she does know her father yearns for that land. That he hates living anywhere else and that he loves Jamaica more than he loves her and her sister, for all that he always goes running back to the place. She’s hoping that going to Jamaica will bring them closer and that he’ll love her like he used to.

She is oh so wrong.
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Jocelyn
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to the publisher for providing an eArc of "Hurricane Summer" in exchange for an honest review.

"Hurricane Summer" by actress Asha Bromfield is an OwnVoices YA contemporary set in the countryside of Jamaica. A coming of age story that explores sexuality, colorism, and family relationships, Bromfield describes her debut novel as a love letter to Jamaica. I could immediately tell the author’s experiences shaped our first person protagonist Tilla and could feel her familiarity with Jamaica.
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Asha Bromfield is an actress and writer of Afro-Jamaican descent. She is known for her role as Melody Jones, drummer of “Josie and the Pussycats” in CW’s Riverdale. She also stars as Zadie Wells in Netflix’s hit show, Locke and Key. Asha is a proud ambassador for the Dove Self-Esteem Project, and she is pursuing a degree in Communications. She currently lives in Toronto, and her name translates to ...more

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