Smart, funny, and deeply affecting, Jessica George's Maame deals with the themes of our time with humor and poignancy: from familial duty and racism, to female pleasure, the complexity of love, and the life-saving power of friendship. Most important, it explores what it feels like to be torn between two homes and cultures―and it celebrates finally being able to find where you belong.

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336 pages

Average rating: 7.5




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Dami Adesina
Mar 11, 2024
7/10 stars
This book is a slow read but picks up after a while. I would’ve loved to understand the background of her father more. The main character is a bit naive which works for the story line but over all not a bad read!
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Mar 06, 2024
9/10 stars
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Maame and her internal dialogues. This book explored many relatable topics that some of us face. Depression, love, lost, grief, discrimination at work, over sexualization, *rape, dating in the modern day, friendships, lies, therapy, family structures, culture, and so much more. It was a nice read, learning how others process and deal with the everyday struggles of life and family dynamics. I truly enjoyed Maame’s internal dialogues as she processes things happening in her everyday life. I love how she came into herself and became more committed and tied to her culture.
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Jan 25, 2024
6/10 stars
Maddie’s sadness and struggles are a gut punch at times. You just want to wrap her up in a huge warm hug and help her with her life. She makes some choices that are surprising and come from a place of complete and utter naïveté unlike other young adults, due to her lack of parental care and guidance in her youth that is hard to understand at times.
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Dec 31, 2023
6/10 stars
🌷 In Maame we follow a twenty something Madeline also called Maddie or Maame. Maddie lives at home with her father, who she cares for. 🌷 We are told early in the reading of the abandonment endured by Maddie from her mother and brother, James, who is not mentally or physically around to help care for their father. I believe the abandonment Maddie endures is the cause of her emotional detachment from people her age and quite unaware of the happenings in her “age group.” The story which is set in London, is home to Maddie’s family who are originally from Ghana. Ironically, there are very little cultural references of Ghana other than Maddie’s inability to understand or speak their native tongue. 🌷 Throughout the story there are displays of micro-aggressions experienced by Maddie in the workplace. As the story moves forward, Maddie’s mother became involved in the care of her dad, with the hopes of Maddie finding a “man” and living her life. With tragedy striking, Maddie is taken on a path of understanding and with the aid of therapy, I felt it was the needed breakthrough for the character. 🌷 I hoped to find a connection that would keep the writing style in balance with the overall story.   🌷 At the beginning of the story. I inhaled and I am still waiting to exhale. If you want to read a story about love between a father and a daughter this would be it. The relationship between the two and Maddie choosing therapy to heal, was the sweet spot. Book 📚 Thoughts by Deidra Provost, moderator. If you enjoyed Queenie, Luster and Such A Fun Age, this may be a book for you. #thisbrownegirlreads #tbgrbookclub
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Dec 28, 2023
6/10 stars
3.269 ⭐️ This literary fiction genre is growing on me TBH. Sad but realistic story about a 20 something minority finding herself. Enjoyed it but didn’t love it. (Audible)
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