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You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty: 11/16/22

You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty

You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi (2022) is tagged as romance but it seems to be written by someone who knows nothing of established tropes and conventions. Feyi Adekola has decided after five years of mourning the death of the "love of her life," she's going to start living again.

Living for her apparently means lots of sex. It means jumping from man to man. First it's a man she meets a party. Then it's his best friend. Ultimately it's the best friend's father.

The ultimate "romance" such as it is, is set against a trip "to the islands." Which islands is never specified but from the basic description, they're probably down in the Caribbean somewhere. I think my initial thoughts posted on Goodreads sums up my take on this novel best:

In the modern genre sense of the word "romance," this book ain't it. It's literary fiction with some romantic tropes. Mostly though it's just a lot of sex and tragedy porn set on an island that seems lifted from Death in Paradise, minus the interesting murder mystery.

Two stars

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