Blogmas 4 – W Reads: Purple Hibiscus [Book Review]

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Hey guys, hope you’re all doing well and welcome back to Blogmas. Today we’re talking about books. I’m really excited to bring you the first of many book reviews on this blog! This is a spoiler-free review, but just to warn you, I will touch on some general plot points when sharing my opinions.


When my friend Dapo asked me what I wanted for my birthday, at the time I desperately missed reading for leisure like I used to back in school days. So I eagerly sent him a list which featured a couple of books by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I had already read her book Americanah (mini book review here), so naturally Purple Hibiscus was top of my list. I was really excited to read Purple Hibiscus because it’s a popular and well-reviewed book among my contemporaries.

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of Purple HibiscusSource: NY Magazine

So when I found myself seriously struggling to get through the first 100 or so pages (and it is 307 pages long), I began to lose hope. But still, I persevered because people kept telling me “it’s a good book”, “it’s amazing!”, “trust me it gets better” etc. I’m glad I did persevere, although I’m not sure that it ever gets “better”. Rather I would argue that it becomes more engaging because of the series of rollercoaster-like traumatic events after the initial slow pace. Continue reading “Blogmas 4 – W Reads: Purple Hibiscus [Book Review]”

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