Synopsis:With her newly completed PhD in astronomy in hand, twenty-eight-year-old Grace Porter goes on a girls’ trip to Vegas to celebrate. She’s a straight A, work-through-the-summer certified high achiever. She is not the kind of person who goes to Vegas and gets drunkenly married to a woman whose name she doesn’t know…until she does exactly that.
This one moment of departure from her stern ex-military father’s plans for her life has Grace wondering why she doesn’t feel more fulfilled from completing her degree. Staggering under the weight of her parent’s expectations, a struggling job market and feelings of burnout, Grace flees her home in Portland for a summer in New York with the wife she barely knows.
In New York, she’s able to ignore all the constant questions about her future plans and falls hard for her creative and beautiful wife, Yuki Yamamoto. But when reality comes crashing in, Grace must face what she’s been running from all along—the fears that make us human, the family scars that need to heal and the longing for connection, especially when navigating the messiness of adulthood.
Review:Oh, what to say about Honey Girl. First off, I would like to thank the publisher for giving me the opportunity to join the blog tour for this book. It was one of my most anticipated reads of the year, so I was so excited when they reached out. My feelings on this book are so jumbled and all over the place. I am going to try my hardest to articulate how I felt about this book.
I will start with the positives first. I really loved our main character Grace. I feel like in books we don’t get enough showcasing that time out of college and in your late 20’s where you feel so lost and are fighting to find your place in this world. I think as a theme that was explored perfectly. I also loved the aspect of found family. Grace has surrounded herself with such an incredible group of supportive people and chose to make them her family.
Now, for the negatives. Most of my issues with this book really came from the pacing of the story. It just felt very all over the place. There were things happening that I was really interested in, especially her time with Yuki, however it all felt very glossed over and there was long time jumps that didn’t really fit. That being said, there was times where we spent a ton of time on things that I didn’t feel really invested in or what was important to the story. Ultimately the timeline jumping all over the place really pulled me out of the story and left me not really wanting to pick it up.
This book was INCREDIBLY diverse, however as someone who does not identify with so many of the diverse aspects I will not say if the representation was done well.
Overall this ended up being a 3 star read. I am happy that I read it, however it just fell a bit flat for me.