Shut Up You’re Pretty by Téa Mutonji

Identity, sexuality, and belonging in Téa Mutonji's Shut Up You're Pretty –  Read Local BC

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an e-ARC of this in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I had mixed feelings about this set of short stories when I first started. I did not recognize that they were connected for the first four or five; that left me very confused. As stand-alone stories, I thought they were well written and had really provocative ideas they were exploring, but they never quite took it far enough. Every time they would introduce a fascinating idea or scenario and the author wouldn’t take it to fruition.

Once I realized they were all connected as an overarching narrative, my opinion shifted. Interconnected, it makes for really fascinating coming of age story of this young woman. Overall it’s hard to criticize because I really enjoyed it even if at times I wished it would go further in some places.

This is at least a 4 star. If I was going to go in a different direction, it would probably be 4.5 but I think I’m going to settle on 4 because I don’t feel strongly enough to take it that far.

It was overall a really interesting and well-written book and I’m very happy that I had the opportunity to review it.

4/5 stars

I mentioned I was reading this in my September 18th, 2020 Friday Reads.

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