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Hurricane Summer: A Novel por Asha Bromfield

Hurricane Summer: A Novel (edición 2021)

por Asha Bromfield (Autor)

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Título:Hurricane Summer: A Novel
Autores:Asha Bromfield (Autor)
Info:Wednesday Books (2021), 400 pages
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Hurricane Summer por Asha Bromfield


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I went back and forth on how to rate this one, it’s an absorbing story and I definitely felt for Tilla and Andre, it was really just some issues with the secondary characters that held me back from giving this more stars.

Some readers may struggle with the Jamaican patois, but I found the slang added to the strong sense of place (the descriptions of the scenery, fruit, etc, were fantastic). There’s a glossary at the front if you need help figuring out what they’re saying and like most books where the language is a little different eventually you get used to it as it becomes more familiar it’s easier to read.

There is romance in this novel though due to the circumstances of the relationship you shouldn’t necessarily expect to fall in love alongside Tilla. Her interactions with boys in this book tend to be much more about the psychological turmoil she’s in that’s connected to her father. So it may be a long way from swoony (to the point of sexual assault in one instance) but It’s well written in that it does speak to the bad place Tilla’s in emotionally, it’s truthful for the character.

Tilla’s complexities were well drawn but most of her relatives (with the exception of Andre) didn’t have quite as depth. It’s tricky when a story is based in part on an author’s real life experiences, you don’t want her to compromise the truth as she saw and felt it, but at the same time, so many of these characters seemed one dimensional. Horrific human beings do exist in real life but to have so much of a novel populated by them, showing so few moments of decency between women and really few adults who were modern thinking and/or compassionate, it was just a lot of fury to digest. In life that can be entirely the truth of a situation but when its transferred into fiction it feels like it’s stretching believability if there isn’t a little more balance in character types, one or two people who aren’t harboring so much rage. Just even to have a few more scenes illustrating the interesting point the book makes about Tilla and her sister Mia being treated differently due to their ages/perceived innocence, I think would have added a little more variety to the narrative, with Mia apparently having a good experience among their relatives, if we saw some of that it would have portrayed another side of those angry characters yet at the same time readers would still be savvy enough to understand that their truer, uglier colors were what came out with Tilla.

Aside from wanting a touch more balance to all the fury and resentment, this was more often than not an impressive debut, I’d definitely read more from this author.

I received this ARC through a good reads giveaway. ( )
  SJGirl | May 3, 2021 |
"I once heard that a girl's heart is an ocean of secrets. But as I feel my heart rage against my chest, I think it is an ocean of storms."

Tilla is spending the summer in Jamaica to get to know the father who left his family behind in Canada. But it seems he's interested in doing anything but getting to know her, leaving her behind in the country with her distant relatives for weeks at a time. As Tilla sees the evidence of how he's cared for the entire community in Jamaica, she feels all the bitterness that he never showed the same care for her.

Also, as the hurricane approaches, Tilla struggles to understand what it means to live in a country where what little you have could be wiped out at any point. She feels the differences between her life and those of her cousins, who may never leave the small country village where they were born. And she falls for a handsome boy her own age, but even that's a complicated love.

This is a character-driven novel, as Tilla searches for her place in Jamaica. The author's beautiful language brings the story to life. It's a gorgeously written, emotionally devastating look at a country and people I haven't read much about.

Trigger warning: rape

Thank you to Wednesday Books for the advance review copy of this book. ( )
  Asingrey | May 1, 2021 |
A debut novel based on personal experiences, actor Bromfield explores the trials of a Black teen’s tumultuous transition to womanhood. Eighteen-year-old Tilla and her sister Mia, nine, travel from Toronto to Jamaica to spend two months with their increasingly absent father.

Hurricane Summer is a powerful coming of age story that deals with colorism, classism, young love, the father-daughter dynamic—and what it means to discover your own voice in the center of complete destruction.

The cover of this novel is what got my attention. Rain, hibiscus, and a beautiful turquoise and green background with a young girl in a look of bliss, stunning! A lengthy Patois lingo glossary in the book defines phrases used throughout, was helpful.

Aunt Herma, the elder of the household is the antagonist of this story, hands down. She obviously has a problem with the presence of Tilla and Mia to the island. “Comfort Hall doesn’t revolve around you two coming to town “ - Aunt Herma

Bromfields’ description of the Jamaican island countryside, jungle, and especially the waterfall is breathtakingly beautiful. I’m enveloped in the innocent romance, and blossoming romantic tension between Tilla and Hessan. The abuse is unjust and cowering. It’s brilliant how Bromfield has Tilla’s internal storm building up in the midst of the hurricane itself. What powerful symbolism, and meaning laid out in this novel. All my emotions were touched and spilled out as the characters played their roles. The title of this novel lives up to its name. ( )
  altima313 | Apr 28, 2021 |
It took a bit before the story hit its stride but once it did, I was all in. Every emotion the main character was feeling, I started feeling too. Maybe not a perfect read, but it was an incredible reading experience. Pick this one up if you enjoy YA fiction.

Tilla lives in Canada with her mother and younger sister. Tilla's dad pops in and out of their lives as he spends much of his time in the country he was born and raised in, Jamaica. Tilla and her sister will spend this summer on the island with their dad and other relatives. Perhaps, this will be an opportunity to understand her father better and who knows, Tilla might just discover a thing or two about herself as well.

The author incorporates so many different things that brought substance to the story. Fair warning, there are some disturbing scenes in the story that might be triggering for some readers. For the most part every part of the story added value but I did question if the last shocking part was thrown in just for dramatic purposes. (I'm trying to be vague so I don't give away spoilers) After awhile you can't help but feel protective of Tilla and want to shield her from getting hurt.

At the heart, you have this complex father-daughter relationship. There's also Tilla feeling like she doesn't quite fit in on the island and with her relatives in Jamaica. I love how the author explored social class as well as colorism. There is one particular scene that really resonated with me in regards to the topic of colorism.

There is some good tug at your heartstrings type writing in the final chapters. However, some of it becomes a bit repetitive and loses its impact after awhile. That's just a teeny, tiny criticism though as my overall opinion is this book is a fantastic YA read and I encourage fans of the genre to check it out.

Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with an advance digital copy! All thoughts expressed are my honest opinion. ( )
  fastforward | Apr 15, 2021 |
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 the accent, but each family member packs their own personality and attitude...not all of which are good. When her father heads out for a few weeks to take care of business, leaving her and her sister alone, Tilla feels more than betrayed. Add the incoming hurricane, the difficulty of deciding who to trust, and the possibility of love, and she's battling more storms than she might be able to handle.

This is a book chucked full of heart, tears and sweat. It's clear that the author poured herself into this one, and the result is a very grabbing and emotional read. Tilla is thrust around the family and placed into an environment, which she's really not sure how to handle. The first chapters illustrate her confusion and insecurities masterfully as she's tossed from one situation into the next as if flailing helplessly between waves. Her personality is not one of a victim, but those around her and her inexperience as well as lack of knowledge of the island and people, cause her to stumble even when she tries to hold her ground. It makes her very sympathetic and hard not to root for.

As the troubles grow, so does Tilla's capability to deal with them. She makes mistakes and matures with each problem. This book does hit upon tough themes such as incest, rape, cancer and...and...and... And this is where it stumbled a bit for me. Every issue under the sun comes up as if packing the trouble-list with every possible piece of baggage...something which wasn't even necessary. Tilla's inner struggles, learning to deal with the family, and facing her own growth into a woman with all of the hurdles involved was already more than enough for the tale (and well handled). All of the added rest cheapened that more important side.

The rich culture in this one is a bonus. The characters come across as very authentic, and it's as if the reader can breath the Jamaican air. The author knows the island and allows the reader to be submerged into the scenes as if they were truly there. There is a dictionary at the beginning of the book to help out with the dialogue and phrases. While this is very interesting and helpful, it also wasn't. The dialogue holds the accents very heavily....for light, quick reads this does weigh down. And since not all phrases can be memorized before the read, anyone using the dictionary needs to flip back and forth (not often but sometimes). This pulls out of the story for those who want to immerse themselves into the tale. For those who love to dig deep into their reads and really embrace the moments with study as well, it's great. It just isn't my thing.

All in all, this is an amazingly well done coming-of-age read and was definitely worth the read.

I received an ARC through Netgalley and am giving this one 4.5-stars while rounding up. ( )
  tdrecker | Feb 2, 2021 |
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