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Excellent, Unforgettable, Best of the nest
Very good, thoroughly enjoyed,
Good, Solid, Enjoyed many aspects
STAR RATINGS GUIDE
Powerful In Its Torpor - Bear With Me
🧡 I may be completely off, but I saw this as a powerful insight into the exhaustion, the sheer effort it must take to deal with the issues Mickey has to just to get by day-to-day. That meant this wasn’t an easy listen.
💚 I wanted a powerful fight back; a resurgence. I wanted Mickey to emerge triumphant. But life isn’t like that. And it’s important to reflect that in fiction. Having said that, I can’t give five stars to something that put me in an existential slump. Even if for a good reason.
Big thanks to NetGalley and HarperCollins UK Audio for providing me with an ALC in return for an honest review.
SQUAWKING THE TALK
🎧 I won’t call this an easy listen - it has too much going on for that. But I was able to keep listening while going about my day.
🎧 Marcella Cox has a voice I’d follow into any section of the audioverse. Warm with a slightly dry edgy, it feels like you’re listening to your bff confiding her inner thoughts.
BIRDS OF A FEATHER: SIMILAR AUDIOBOOKS
Nothing for this one. Maybe next time!
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Mickey Hayward dreams of writing stories that matter. She has a flashy media job that makes her feel successful and a devoted girlfriend who takes care of her when she comes home exhausted and demoralized. It’s not all A-list parties and steamy romance, but Mickey’s on her way, and it’s far from the messy life she left behind in Maryland. Despite being overlooked and mistreated at work, it seems like she might finally get the chance to prove herself—until she finds out she’s being replaced.
Distraught and enraged, Mickey fires back with a detailed letter outlining the racism and sexism she’s endured as a Black woman in media, certain it will change the world for the better. But when her letter is met with overwhelming silence, Mickey is sent into a tailspin of self-doubt. Forced to reckon with just how fragile her life is—including the uncertainty of her relationship—she flees to the last place she ever dreamed she would run to, her hometown, desperate for a break from her troubles.
Back home, Mickey is seduced by the simplicity of her old life—and the flirtation of a former flame—but her life in New York refuses to be forgotten. When a media scandal catapults Mickey’s forgotten letter into the public zeitgeist, suddenly everyone wants to hear what Mickey has to say. It’s what she’s always wanted—isn’t it?
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