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Ace of Spades

4.61  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Gossip Girl meets Get Out in Ace of Spades, a YA contemporary thriller by debut author Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé about two students, Devon & Chiamaka, and their struggles against an anonymous bully.

When two Niveus Private Academy students, Devon Richards and Chiamaka Adebayo, are selected to be part of the elite school’s senior class prefects, it looks like their year is off
Hardcover, 432 pages
Expected publication: June 1st 2021 by Feiwel Friends
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Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Biased review - but I can 100% confirm that the author worked really hard on this!
Alice Oseman
I could not put this book down! Sex, lies, and fighting back against racism - this book is a wild ride, with an incredibly powerful message. A heart-racing and twisty thriller that grapples so much more than a simple mystery; ACE OF SPADES explores being both queer and Black, and the sinister, destructive nature of white supremacy and racism.
Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: queer, owned
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Melanie by: Monte Price
ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss

maybe the best debut i've ever read. this is going to make so many people's best of 2021 list. full review to come. <3

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Buddy read with Maëlys & Lea! ❤
daph pink ♡
Dec 16, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021-tbr
Is there a thing like cover porn??? If yess then this book is one of the top contenders for it.
Katie Zhao
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I devoured Faridah's stunning debut in one breathless sitting. I love a good thriller, and this is one of the best I've ever read.

One thing I've noticed about thrillers is that for the most part, they don't tend to be very deep. (Possibly bc for the most part, they are *cough* about rich white kids and their non-problems *cough*) ACE OF SPADES does not have this problem. This book grapples with heavy, timely, important themes: institutionalized racism, educational gatekeeping, being LGBTQ in PO
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show stopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique
Monte Price
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, favorites
I'm going to publish a full review closer to the actual release date... but you need to have this book on your list of things to preorder. The game has been changed, the bar has been raised, Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé is coming for the girlies. ...more
A thriller featuring sapphic black protagonists? Yes hello where do I get this
Adiba Jaigirdar
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to read an early draft of this brilliant book and let me just! It's a powerful look at how systematic racism can affect Black teens even in this day and age. Plus, it has some of my favourite characters of all time! Chiamaka and Devon are two compelling characters who don't always do the "right" thing but are even more relatable for it. I am excited that soon I will have this book in my hands! ...more
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing



Buddy read with Melanie
Althea | themoonwholistens ☾
ATTENTION: WE GOT A COVER!! and I am in love

Nov 18, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
The author described this book as Gossip Girl and Get Out but gay. It sounds soooooo wonderful and feminist and beautifully gay. I am so excite.

"The queer people massively outnumber the cishets, there’s secrets, murder, and a gay girl MC who takes down the white patriarchy while dressed in designer heels"

It’s been a long time since I felt this excited for a YA book.
Dec 26, 2020 marked it as to-read
Wow, just when I thought I've been over my unhealthy obsession with Gossip Girl... ...more
☀︎El In Oz☀︎
Edit November 19: When I tell you I gasped out loud when I saw that cover-

Omg here for this!! Yes please!!
Ellie Beadle
Nov 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I honestly am not kidding, when I say I just read this in one sitting. I literally have been reading for 6 hours. I haven't weed at all and I am a bit dehydrated but it was so good and so addictive!!!!! I LOVE YA thrillers they are literally my favourite thing ever and Àbíké-Íyímídé has just smashed it.

Ace of Spades follows Devon and Chiamaka, the only two black students at a very white, elite school. When malicious gossip starts being spread about them by anonymous texter 'Aces' they soon real
Jun 21, 2020 marked it as want-to-read-new  ·  review of another edition
trying to recapture my point horror fueled youth but specifically nightmare hall
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*Spoiler free*

I feel like this book has been on my radar for awhile. I'm not sure when it sold, but I feel like I've been hearing about it for forever, which means I've been looking forward to it for a long time. I knew it sounded like something I was interested in, but for some reason I was convinced that it was a fantasy, not a thriller. I dunno, it's weird, I guess this book just gives off vibes that demand you pay attention to it. And I'm not complaining at all. Trigger warnings: racism, blo
Natacha Rosenberg
This sounds so intriguing???? Could it just be published now so I can read it immediately?? thanks????????
Gina Adams
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-arcs
Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for early access!!

This book is gonna make a lot of people uncomfortable. And it should.

It’s about two kids from separate social spheres who don’t have much in common - Chiamaka is rich, Devon is poor, Chiamaka is popular, Devon is not, etc... but they’re both Black and actually the only Black students at their school.

It starts with a text exposing one of their secrets, and it snowballs. Stuff about their life, super secret stuff, is getting leaked around t
Jenny (Bookbookowl)
Thank you to Usborne Publishing for providing me with a copy of Ace of Spades, in exchange for an honest review!

Chiamaka is the queen of her high school, and she’ll do anything to stay on top. Her senior year is heading exactly the way she planned, with the prefect badge secured, until anonymous texts start flooding the school, spilling secrets…her secrets.
Devon keeps his head down at school, working on his music, trying to make his mother, who works so hard for him to be able to attend a pres
Stephanie Gillespie
This book sounds incredible!!!
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An utter masterpiece. Thrilling and mysterious with complex main characters. It takes you to the heart of just some of the issues faced by Black communities, including the everyday racism and institutional racism. And it does so incredibly eloquently while also capturing the heart of the reader and taking them on a thrilling ride.

Honestly, this book is just absolutely *everything*, and I cannot wait until it one day becomes a hit TV series.

Down forever as one of my ultimate favourite books. We
Nov 27, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
im excited to read this! it sounds cool as hell and im glad i stumbled across the goodreads link on twitter!!
Dahabo Wacays
Ooh this sounds so good, I can't wait! ...more
Jan 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who do you trust when everyone who should have your back wants to put the knife in it? Chi and Devon’s individual experiences and shared situation grabs you by the throat, at once intriguing and terrifying, scandalous and sobering. The tension Faridah builds throughout the novel left me feeling like there was ice in my lungs, so scared for these kids who have been backed into an impossible corner, with danger lurking behind every kind word said with an insincere smile. Friends, enemies, family, ...more
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Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé is a writer from South London who has dreamt of writing books about black kids saving (or destroying) the world all her life. She is an avid tea drinker, and a collector of strange mugs. Faridah currently studies English Literature at a university in the Scottish Highlands.

Her debut novel ACE OF SPADES will be published by Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan in the US (1st June 2021)

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