Ijeoma grows up during the civil war in Nigeria, and is sent away to live with a grammar teacher for her own safety. There she meets Amina, a girl from a different tribe. They fall in love, but it does not remain unnoticed. Ijeoma’s mother takes her away, and tries to impress the need to be ‘normal’ and marry a man on her. Nigeria has some of the strictest anti-LGBT laws in the world, and any queer spaces need to be undercover. That doesn’t prevent Ijeoma from meeting Ndidi though, but will they be able to have a life together?
Beautifully written and dealing with quite heavy subject matter at times, this was a book that stayed with me for quite a while. I like reading books that widen my horizons, and if you do too I really recommend this one!