Anxiety-ridden perfectionist, Grace Porter, has awoken after a drunk night in Vegas to discover that she has married a cute, but mysterious woman who has left nothing but her radio show business card behind. Follow Grace as she pieces together the puzzle of her rigid career plan as she deals with being a queer Black woman in academia & suddenly having a wife she knows nothing about. I think everyone can find something to relate to within the story whether it's a complex family dynamic, living up to a parent's expectations, the fear & excitement of a new relationship, feeling alone, or being unsure of what you want to do with your life. This novel was truly a breath of fresh air! — Laura Knapp
A STUNNING debut novel! Firstly: this book is NOT a romance, but instead a poetically-written, contemporary coming-of-age fiction made for millennials to read and think: same. While the main love story is beautiful and #goals, its main character Grace Porter’s journey to self-care that makes this an enduring and necessary read for 2021. Fresh writing, diverse and fleshed out cast of characters, and perfect for the newer generations to understand love, life, and themselves. Made my heart swell. — Kirstin Swartz
Honey Girl is a raw and emotional novel that I felt extremely connected to. Almost like it was written for me and every person who has ever felt lost; For anyone who struggled with finding their path in life. If there is one thing this book has taught me, it’s that it is okay to not have everything figured out... I didn’t know how much I needed to hear that until I read Honey Girl. It is a touching novel that I think everyone should read.
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"HONEY GIRL is an emotional, heartfelt, charming debut, and I loved every moment of it." -- Jasmine Guillory, New York Times bestselling author of The Proposal
When becoming an adult means learning to love yourself first.
With her newly completed PhD in astronomy in hand, twenty-eight-year-old Grace Porter goes on a girls' trip to Vegas to celebrate. She's a straight A, work-through-the-summer certified high achiever. She is not the kind of person who goes to Vegas and gets drunkenly married to a woman whose name she doesn't know...until she does exactly that.
This one moment of departure from her stern ex-military father's plans for her life has Grace wondering why she doesn't feel more fulfilled from completing her degree. Staggering under the weight of her parent's expectations, a struggling job market and feelings of burnout, Grace flees her home in Portland for a summer in New York with the wife she barely knows.
In New York, she's able to ignore all the constant questions about her future plans and falls hard for her creative and beautiful wife, Yuki Yamamoto. But when reality comes crashing in, Grace must face what she's been running from all along--the fears that make us human, the family scars that need to heal and the longing for connection, especially when navigating the messiness of adulthood.