Book Review | Americanah

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Hi everyone! I hope you’re having an amazing week
I’ve felt a bit unlike myself…lately. Finally, I am settled in my career and life and can read ALL OF THE BOOKS that I want – yea!
One of my goals this year is to read every book that I’ve downloaded onto my kindle in 2014. So the first book that I plan to finish and that I’m doing a review on today is Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I’m not done with this book yet but I’m more than half way through it and I am happy to say that it is…AWESOME!
Here’s the blurb from the website:
A powerful, tender story of race and identity by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the award-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun.

Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passion—for each other and for their homeland (chimamanda.com). 

And guess WHAT!?!?

There’s a film coming out called Americanah, based on this complicated and unexplored story of the blending of American and Nigerian cultures.

The star of this film is the absolutely, breathtaking, beautiful actress, Lupita Nyong’o *insert groupie screams here*

This book is everything to me and I find myself wanting to read it when I should be doing other things. Chimamanda makes me laugh, gasp, and dream about what is going to happen next. Although I am not Nigerian, I find myself chuckling at things that I know to be true (ex: African Braiding Salons and reactions from cutting all of your hair off).

I highly suggest this book for a cultural experience that you probably will not receive in many other books. Overall, without having even reached the last page yet, I give Americanah 5 out of 5 stars. It has made me want to read more of Chimamanda’s work and if you are already a fan of her work, you should definitely read this one; she does not disappoint

Keriki Purkiss

Keriki Purkiss is a wine lover, foodie, lifestyle, heath and fitness enthusiast from Atlanta, GA. She has been writing for Sweet Candor TV since 2014. Keriki currently resides in Richmond, VA.

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