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“HONEY GIRL is an emotional, heartfelt, charming debut, and I loved every moment of it.”
— Jasmine Guillory, New York Times bestselling author of The Proposal
When becoming an adult means learning to love yourself first.
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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
At the center of this heartfelt debut novel is the idea that sometimes the most difficult person in the world to love is yourself. Headstrong and ambitious, Grace Porter is a queer and Black newly minted PhD in astronomy whose self-doubt and anxiety are at an all-time high. Eager to blow off some steam, Grace heads to Las Vegas. But the relaxing trip only makes her life more complicated when she wakes up one morning to a wedding ring on her finger and a note from her new wife (!) Yuki, who’s already on her way back to New York. Author Morgan Rogers pulls our heartstrings in one direction after another as Grace crisscrosses the country—from Vegas to Portland, from tough New York to sunny Florida—on a wild journey of self-acceptance. York Whitaker’s soothing narration is a perfect counterpoint to Grace’s increasing anxiety. A tender and witty story about mental health and unconditional love, painted in the boldest possible colors, Honey Girl will make your heart glow.
I bought this book on a whim and I couldn’t be happier that I did. So relatable, so raw, so true; Beautiful story of growth and love for self and those that loves us.
Modern Love Story
Delivered with a deliberate rhythm to carefully chosen words. Great listen to the very end.