Honey Girlis the most talked about book that I have seen in the last year. Let me assure you that this is not my main reason for reading it. When I read the synopsis for the first time, I was thrilled. A story about a couple who are lost in their twenties and a thrilling, unplanned drunken party in Vegas… These were my hopes, but they weren’t met. Let’s see my review.
About the Book:
With her newly completed PhD in astronomy in hand, twenty-eight-year-old Grace Porter goes on a girls’ trip to Vegas to celebrate. Grace Porter is not a person who travels to Vegas to get drunkenly married to someone she doesn’t know. Grace wonders why she doesn’t feel fulfilled after completing her PhD in astronomy. Grace leaves her Portland home to escape the pressure of her father’s expectations and a failing job market. She also feels burnout.
Grace must confront the reality that she has been running from when it comes to her. She must face the fears and scars in her family, as well as the need for connection especially as she navigates adulthood.
- The themes in Honey Girl are my favorite part of Honey Girl . They resonate deeply with me. Grace has given so much of her life to education and getting her PhD. She is trying to be the best and chasing perfection. But then she falls for job hunting and begins to question everything, including the path that led her to this point. When everything feels chaotic, Grace starts to question her happiness, the time she has spent there, and what she should do. Trying to figure out what you want to do and how others expect you to behave. This is just a topic I love reading and enjoyed being a part of.
- Grace’s journey was fascinating as she tried to figure out her place in the world, what she wants to do, and who she wants to be. She also had to consider her expectations and those of others. Her journey with her anxiety, and her mental health in general was particularly enjoyable. I also liked how she came to terms with it and tried to find a therapist.
- It was easy to see the relationships between characters. I loved the friendships Grace, Agnes, and Ximena. It was amazing to see how they are always there for one another and will protect one another no matter what. Their friendship made my heart sing.
- The complex relationship between Grace (her absentee mother) was another thing that I enjoyed. It was great to see them together, first tentatively, then slowly softening and mending fences. It was a wonderful experience that touched my heart.
It was a difficult time with…
- OK, this is a “me” thing. Honey Girl did not work for me due to my expectations. The synopsis was more about a love story to me than it was. Instead, Honey Girl is more about Grace’s journey through academic burnout. It’s not about romance. It wasn’t what I expected it to be.
- Unfortunately, I felt a little disconnected from the story at times. The themes were wonderful. However, I felt disengaged from the story from the very beginning until the end. While there were moments that I truly appreciated, others gave me the “wow! this is so!” feeling. Other than that, it was difficult to get into the book. Maybe it’s the writing or my mood or just something completely different, but it was hard to get into. I’m sad.
If you like any of these themes, I recommend Honey Girl. It’s been a popular read for many people, and I think the fact that I didn’t connect with it as much as I thought was a good thing.