Review: Sing, Unburied, Sing

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmym Ward

Clues to describe this book: Family bonds, Injustice, Hardship, Ghosts

Review: There is so much hype around Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmym Wardthat I was excited when this book was finally available for me to check out. The novel gives an intimate perspective of an extended family living in the South and their experiences dealing with family, social, and identity struggles combined with mystical elements. The author’s writing style is mesmerizing and powerful. The way she writes her characters are impactful and resonating. My favorite characters are Jojo and Leonie. Their voices are so distinct. Jojo is so observant and grownup for his age, but the reader can still see his adolescent innocence. As much as I want to hate Leonie for being a terrible mother, I can’t help having that love/hate relationship with her character which is intriguing to read throughout the story. However, the main aspect I didn’t like about this book was the ghosts which is why I knocked off a star. I was a bit disappointed that the book wasn’t as wonderful as I thought it would be given all the hype and also the fact that former U.S. President Obama recommended this novel. But don’t let that stop you from checking this novel out. If you enjoy reading history about the South and ghosts, you will want to check this book out.

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