Hello bibliophiles!!! Today is my for the book blog tour of “Like Home” by Louisa Onome`. This tour is organised by Turn The Page Tours and I’ll be sharing my views on the same. I hope you will enjoy this book as much as I did!
Title: Like Home
Author: Louisa Onome`
Publisher: Delacorte Press, Penguin Random House
Publication Date: February 23rd, 2021
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary
Personal Rating: 3.75/5
Book Links: Bookshop
Fans of Netflix’s On My Block, In the Heights, and readers of Elizabeth Acevedo and Ibi Zoboi will love this debut novel about a girl whose life is turned upside down after one local act of vandalism throws her relationships and even her neighborhood into turmoil.
Chinelo, or Nelo as her best friend Kate calls her, is all about her neighborhood Ginger East. She loves its chill vibe, ride-or-die sense of community, and her memories of growing up there. Ginger East isn’t what it used to be, though. After a deadly incident at the local arcade, all her closest friends moved away, except for Kate. But as long as they have each other, Nelo’s good.
Only, Kate’s parents’ corner store is vandalized, leaving Nelo shaken to her core. The police and the media are quick to point fingers, and soon more of the outside world descends on Ginger East with promises to “fix” it. Suddenly, Nelo finds herself in the middle of a drama unfolding on a national scale.
Worse yet, Kate is acting strange. She’s pushing Nelo away at the exact moment they need each other most. Nelo’s entire world is morphing into something she hates, and she must figure out how to get things back on track or risk losing everything—and everyone—she loves.
This is one such book that drew me in it from the very first page. This debut novel is thought-provoking, realistic and with a very refreshing storyline. The book explores some major themes like friendship between Nelo and Kate and the resistance to change for one’s community. Ginger East, as it was called gave a way more prime importance to the love for one’s community and neighborhood.
The language was super fluent and lucid with great narration. My personal favorite was Rafa and I really enjoyed reading his character! And especially I loved their text chains, which was very interesting. It was fast-paced and the discussion on gentrification, economic strata in the society makes it a worthy read. I loved this book. What are you waiting for? Go and pick up your copies of Like Home, straight away!
Louisa Onomé is a writer of books for teens. She holds a BA in professional writing from York University and is represented by Claire Friedman at InkWell Management.
A part of the Author Mentor Match round 3 cohort, she is also a writing mentor and all-around cheerleader for diverse works and writers. When she is not writing, her hobbies include picking up languages she may never use, trying to bake bread, and perfecting her skincare routine. She currently resides in the Toronto area.
Up for grabs, we have TWO (2) finished copies of Like Home by Louisa Onome`! This giveaway will run from February 21st, 2021 to February 28th, 2021 at 11.59 PM CST and is open to US residents only. To enter, click the link below!
Last but not the least, I would like to take this opportunity to Thank the team of Turn The Page Tours for making me a part of this very special and amazing blog tour! Also, you can find the full schedule here.