Dealing With Grief Through Fantasy in You’re Breaking My Heart

Posted February 21, 2024 by Richetta in Blog Tours, Book Reviews, Young Adult / 0 Comments

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Dealing With Grief Through Fantasy in You're Breaking My Heart

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Dealing With Grief Through Fantasy in You’re Breaking My HeartYou're Breaking my Heart by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
Narrator: Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, Channie Waites
Length: 9 hours and 50 Minutes
Published by Chronicle Books on February 6, 2024
Genres: Young Adult Fiction / Family / Siblings, Young Adult Fiction / Magical Realism
Pages: 392
Format: Audiobook, Hardcover
Source: Hear Our Voices Book Tours and the publisher
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Harriet Adu knows that her brother's death is her fault. I mean, it's not actually her fault, but it still kinda is, isn't it?

She would do anything to live in a world where she could take back what she said that morning.

Then a strange girl shows up at Harriet's high school – a girl who loves the same weird books Harriet does, who doesn't vibe with anyone at school the same way Harriet does – and that different world suddenly seems possible. The girl speaks of a place underneath the subways of New York, where people like them can go and find a home. A place away from the world of high school, grief, cool people, and depression. A place where one may be able to bend the lines of reality and get a second chance at being a better person.

Will Harriet open the door?

With You're Breaking My Heart, award-winning author Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich offers a remarkable speculative novel that will hit home for anyone who yearns for that one chance to do things over.

Review: You’re Breaking My Heart by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

🏊🏿‍♀️Welcome to my stop on the #hearourvoices Book Tour for You’re Breaking My Heart by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich.

A young girl deals with grief and guilt in You’re Breaking My Heart by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich. If you have a sibling, then you can relate to the fighting that often occurs between them. No matter what age, often things are said that are regretted later. In the case of Harriet, she tells her brother she wished he would die, the morning he is shot and killed in a school shooting.

The author weaves together grief, guilt and fantasy as Harriet deals with her current existence in the aftermath of her brother’s murder. We all have moments in our Iives that we wish could have a do-over with. We wish we could say something different or make a different choice.

Harriet feels out of place at her new school, until one day another girl just as “weird” as her shows up at school. She talks about an underground world where there are more people like the two of them. An escape from the bleak life Harriet is living in the aftermath of her brother’s death. It’s a mind-bending, fantastical place beneath the subways of New York City that promises to be an escape that doubles as a second chance.

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Her guilt, grief and depression are hard to process in the wake of her brother’s death and her mother’s distance. This underground place might be the second chance or it could be something darker. But Harriet must contend with this decision of whether to stay or go. Whether choosing this dark place is a brighter choice than her grief in her regular life. She takes this journey with her cousin and her brother’s friend.

This is a whirlwind of a speculative novel. It’s an exploration of what it means to have a second chance, as well as how much is a second chance worth.

Also, love the image of a Black girl on the cover swimming. 

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