Title: Honey Girl
Author: Morgan Rogers
Page Count: 293
Publication Date: 02/2021
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
I’d just finished The Prophets by Robert Johnson Jr. when I decided to start Honey Girl. As much as I enjoyed The Prophets, it had a very emotionally laborious plot (when is slavery not emotional) and incredibly challenging prose. I picked up Honey Girl hoping for a change of pace, something I could read fairly quickly without re-reading sentences to fully understand what happened.
I got a lot of that from this contemporary romance/self-love novel, but it had its share of heavy emotional themes like self-harm and depression. Although I understand it’s not what everyone wants from their books, I think all of that played a critical role in making this book an early contender for my favorite 2021 release.
Honey Girl is about Grace Porter, an astronomy Ph.D. graduate who takes a trip to Vegas with two of her best friends, and wakes up married to Yuki Yamamoto, the beautiful stranger she met the previous night. This carefree kind of behavior is a world away from the measured, detail-oriented, careful person her military dad, Colonel (yes, she actually calls him this), brought her up to be.
Her quest to find the mystery girl she made lifelong vows to start slow, but when burnout, the struggle to find her place in a white-dominated field (relatable), and the pressure to be the perfect daughter and friend star weighing on her, she runs across the country into the arms of the wife she barely knows.
The thing is, Grace can’t run forever, and when life interrupts her New York summer with her new wife and new set of friends, she has decisions to make. Does she keep running? Or will she put her big girl pants on and face reality?
Honey Girl has the makings of a fun romance novel for Valentine’s Day or romance month. Whatever you wanna call it, lol. But it’s more than that. It’s layered with a cast of beautiful, flawed characters, the spirit-crushing struggle of job searching as a Black woman, and messy, complicated relationships. Throughout the story, it becomes evident that Grace’s most complicated relationship is the one she has with herself. Cliché, yes, but plenty of clichés are rooted in truth.
When it comes to the relationship between Grace and Yuki, beautiful is the only word I can come up with to describe it. It’s the moments between the two of them where Rogers lets her lyrical storytelling abilities shine. Sometimes it felt like a bit too much, but often, the synchronicity between the two of them was so effortless, it made me wonder if I should consider marrying a stranger in Vegas.
Just kidding. Maybe.
Honey Girl is one of those books that make me wish I still had my old book club because there’s so much more I wanna talk about. I end by saying that Honey Girl was the raw, messy, yet hopeful book I didn’t know I needed, and the unexpected journey Grace takes in the name of self-love makes it a worthwhile read.
Honey Girl was my pick for Book of The Month. If you want to give BOTM a shot, you can sign up here. I do not have a paid sponsorship with BOTM, but I do receive a credit when you sign up with my link.