Book Review: Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

2019, Make Me a World

“but the angels were only human, and it’s hard to build a new world without making people angry.”

Pet takes place in the town of Lucille where the angels have eradicated all monsters. Jam is a selective mute girl who lives with her parents in a time after the monsters ruled. Jam’s mother creates a painting and Jam, inadvertently, makes the painting come to life. Is the creature that leaves the painting a monster or something else? Have all the monsters been eradicated? Or are people choosing to ignore the monsters that lurk among them?

Y’all I LOVED this book. Everything anyone has said about this book is absolutely true. It was a compelling allegory for violence and the way we look away from it to stay in our safe cocoon. Jam was such a true to life character and I really believed her as a character. This book was expertly done and I can’t even beginning to tell you all the quotable lines and places I had to put the book down.

“We are each other’s harvest. We are each other’s business. WE are each other’s magnitude and bond.”

I think my favorite part of the book was the friendship between Jam and her best friend Redemption. It was so refreshing to see a platonic male/female relationship. This doesn’t happen often in young adult books and I greatly appreciated it. Watching how they took care of each other and looked out for each other. Seeing them have trials throughout their friendship but always being there for each other when need.

Overall, this book is full of some much diversity and there is even a polyamorous relationship. There is content warning for child abuse, which is a big trigger for me. This book gave social commentary without beating the message over your head and I highly, highly, highly recommend this story.


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Much Love,

4 thoughts on “Book Review: Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

  1. Hi Tasha, I came across your blog via Twitter. I also recently read and loved Pet. I agree with your comments about the friendship between Jam and Redemption. As someone who had a lot of platonic friendships with boys, I appreciate seeing that normalized in children’s/YA fiction.

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