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AmericanahAmericanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So, I think it is only appropriate that I write my review of Americanah as a “Black American Reviewing a Book by a Non-Black American.” Adichie opened my eyes to cultural myths, misconceptions, and ignorance in a way I’ve only heard about. A dear Caribbean friend of mine and I used to bump heads over our ideals of culture, but as I read Americanah, I began to see affirmations and legitimacy of her views and my own. Ifem is the poster child of intellect and unequivocal renderings on life, race, culture, relationships, and people. She thinks and talks with a confidence that I envy, yet vow to do more of. You may need a dictionary for this novel. Adichie’s “way with words” is massive. She forces you to expand your own just to keep up. I rooted for Ifem and Obinze because they represented a definition and example of “love” that transcends all clichés. Can’t wait to read more about Ifem & Obinze’s life in maybe “Africanah.” 🙂

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