book highlight: Honey Girl, by Morgan Rogers

I knew right from the first page that I’d be giving Honey Girl 5 stars. I felt this book was something special. I’m going to try and put into words what I’m feeling, and it’s probably going to be messy considering how much this book hit me in the heart.

Honey Girl has trigger warnings for depression, self-harm, anxiety, and racism.

Honey Girl is a book that feels as if it’s written for every single lonely millennial out there. It follows Grace Porter after she’s spent 11 years of her life dedicated to studying astronomy, 11 years of her life fighting for more and more and more. After getting her PhD, she goes on a trip to Vegas with her two best friends, Agnes and Ximena, and somehow ends up married to Yuki, a fellow lonely creature living on the other side of the country in New York City. After going back to Portland, she cannot help but think about this girl she met and made her feel so extremely happy for a few hours.

I knew from the very first chapter that I would fall in love with this story. I immediately knew there was something special inside these pages. This book will speak to both Millennials and older Gen-Zs. Grace has to deal with her father’s—excessively high—expectations and the way they shaped her life. She’s always working herself too hard and not taking enough time off. Her anxiety manifests in her shutting off people and faking being fine, but also in her scratching her arms until they bleed. Grace is also trying to figure out what she wants for her future: working in research, being a teacher, living closer to Yuki to create something together. It’s a lot to handle for one person. Add to this a dose of racism in Astronomy, and you get what Grace has to deal with.

Honey Girl talks about loneliness in such a relatable way it hurts. Grace is surrounded by her loved ones, but it doesn’t stop her from feeling misunderstood alone. This story heavily deals with this feeling of loneliness and desperation of never feeling anything else. This story will speak to every lonely soul out there, to anyone in need of a bit of hope. Seeing Grace trying to find herself and dealing with her issues was inspiring. It made me feel less alone and seen.

The way Morgan Rogers crafted her characters made them feel so real! I felt as if I knew them. Her writing was lyrical and beautiful, but it did not stop her from writing a book we, the readers, cannot help but devour. She created relatable characters with real lives, real issues, real hopes. This book became one of my most relatable queer books in approximately 0.2 second. It’s one of those books I can see myself going back to in the future whenever I need a comfort read.

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