I actually hadn't heard of Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers before being asked to be a part of the blog tour, but I'm so glad it landed on my radar. Big thanks to Park Row for having me!
|Pub Date: 2-23-21|
Adult - Contemporary
Grace Porter spent her entire adult life focusing on one goal: earning her Ph.D. in Astronomy and becoming the best in her field. At twenty-eight-years old, she's got the diploma, but now what? Grace and her two best friends decide to celebrate by going to Vegas as a way for Grace to finally let loose. Being raised under a strict ex-military father, Grace isn't one to let her inhibitions go wild, so the last thing she expected from this trip was to wake up after a drunken night only to find a ring on her finger, an empty bed, and a note from the woman she hazily remembers marrying asking to come find her.
This one fleeting moment of rebellion against her regimented lifestyle leaves Grace questioning everything she's ever known. All of a sudden, her degree no longer feels fulfilling, and the weight of her father's expectations and repressed anxieties come crushing onto Grace's shoulders. So, she does the only thing she could think of to escape the burnout-- she tracks down her elusive wife and flees her home in Portland to visit her in New York City. When Grace finally properly meets her wife, Yuki, she's thrown for an even bigger loop. In New York, Grace is finally able to breathe for the first time in years, and it's all thanks to this wonderfully weird creative woman she married. But Grace soon learns all good things must come to an end, and when reality comes crashing down, it hits her like a ton of bricks. For Grace to find true fulfillment in her life, she'll need to stop running from all the pain she's hidden deep inside and decide what really matters most.
I went into this thinking it was going to be a fluffy contemporary, and while there is a romance, it's more of a subplot. This was more about Grace coming into her own and discovering what she truly wants out of life. She has spent the majority of her life doing what she thinks others expect of her and not stopping to think if that's actually what she wants. I enjoyed watching her go on this journey of self-discovery, and while at times, it was difficult for her to face her fears, she eventually sets herself onto the path of closure she needs. It was so satisfying and very relatable. Going back to the romance between her and Yuki, while it did play a smaller part than I originally thought, it doesn't mean it wasn't impactful in its own right. The pair were adorable together and brought out one another's vulnerabilities. Another highlight was the friendships. Both Grace and Yuki have an amazing support system and I loved every second their friends were on the page. They also added such levity to this which helped it not feel so dark. There were only small details about this that I had issues with. Namely the pacing, which felt uneven between the first half and second, and the writing, which at times just felt a bit clunky. Other than that, I thought this was enjoyable.
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