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Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
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it was amazing

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:
“PET IS HERE TO HUNT A MONSTER. ARE YOU BRAVE ENOUGH TO LOOK?”

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- and started reading.....BRAVELY.
I KID YOU NOT....a reader must be ‘brave’ to read anything by Akwaeke Emezi. Her books are exceptionally experiential > filled with wisdom - insights - and depth. Emezi has the ability to tap into our personal inhibitions to experience both a fascinating tale and a moving transformation.

The wonderful blurb folks gave us this to ponder too:
“HOW DO YOU SAVE THE WORLD FROM MONSTERS IF NO ONE WILL ADMIT THEY
EXIST?”

Another question is.....”COULD WE EVER LIVE IN A WORLD WITHOUT EVIL?”

We meet Jam - a black transgender teen who lives in a town called Lucille. She has loving parents: Bitter and Aloe.
Jam was taught that all the monsters in the world have vanished....ie: murderers, corrupt politicians, sex offenders, rapists, injustice, prejudice, and all types of abusers.
In Lucille -The town of Utopia - Angels are known, but not evil.

But.... perhaps not all monsters are really gone?/!
Perhaps children discover truths before their parents do.

It’s so tempting to want to share the page-turning creative-details - but I’ll be good...
so instead the characters with their thought-provoking names:
Jam, Bitter, Redemption, Aloe, Ube, Hibiscus, Moss, Glass, Malachite, and PET are waiting to meet you...( they will be happy to fill you in and give you a job to do)....

You are being invited come face to face with PET, a magical creature who feels human, who is roughly the same height as Jam ( PET calls Jam ‘little girl’.... her mother calls her ‘doux-flux’), other than PET has dark red horns and smoke wafting out of his mouth, smelling like ash.

PET, who was painted into life, doesn’t care what Jam or her parents want - only the truth of ‘what is’.
“The truth does not change whether it is seen or unseen”.

Sometimes it’s easier not to see… not to see what is happening. This is why you must be brave while facing the truth.

Jam remembers her mother, Bitter, telling her before the revolution had ended- Angels as hunters had to do dark things, hard things. They, too, had to be brave.

PET may need to do hard things, too.
Jam may have to do dark things....
They need your help readers...
Don’t be afraid ...
Put on your Sunday best brave clothes-of-armor....
And remember...
“All knowledge is good knowledge”!

A fantastical young adult book... one that adults will enjoy too.

Teachers, parents of middle age kids... this is a terrific book choice to read together.

Akwaeke Emezi is sooo brilliantly creative - SUCH A UNIQUE writer....I admire her extraordinary talent.

Thank you Netgalley, Random House Children, and Akwaeke Emezi




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July 21, 2019 – Shelved

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message 1: by Julie (new)

Julie Great review, Elyse!! 🤗💕


message 2: by Nicola (new)

Nicola I love that you have a brave blanket! I may have to get one of them! Fantastic review! 💞🌹


message 3: by Angela M (new)

Angela M A terrifically, brave review!


Elyse Walters Thank you Julie. This book is priceless. Wonderful- creative - so much to admire about the author. 💕


Elyse Walters Thanks Nicole. Oh... my new brave blanket is gorgeous and cozy as can be!!
I recommend both the book and the blanket ❤️


Elyse Walters Thanks Angela. 😃💕


message 7: by Stacie (new) - added it

Stacie My new favorite Elyse review!! Off to pre-order it...


Elyse Walters Thanks Stacie 📚🥰


Mary Beth *Traveling Sister* Fab review, Elyse!.❤ Haha, brave hat, brave chair, and brave blanket, looks like my mind of book! Just added it.


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