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Pet
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
105 posts | 77 read | 2 reading | 76 to read
Pet is here to hunt a monster. Are you brave enough to look? There are no monsters anymore, or so the children in the city of Lucille are taught. Jam and her best friend, Redemption, have grown up with this lesson all their life. But when Jam meets Pet, a creature made of horns and colors and claws, who emerges from one of her mother's paintings and a drop of Jam's blood, she must reconsider what she's been told. Pet has come to hunt a monster, and the shadow of something grim lurks in Redemption's house. Jam must fight not only to protect her best friend, but also to uncover the truth, and the answer to the question--How do you save the world from monsters if no one will admit they exist? In their riveting and timely young adult debut, acclaimed novelist Akwaeke Emezi asks difficult questions about what choices you can make when the society around you is in denial.
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ChaoticMissAdventures
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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Mehso-so

I loved -
The premise
Characters names (Jam, Glass,, Moss, Aloe, Bitter, Redemption? So good.)

What I didn't -
I cannot pinpoint what it was that I didn't like but I was somehow both impressed with their storyline and bored? I had a hard time picking it up and on the whole it took me much longer to read then it should have.

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broughtyoubooks
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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Pickpick

Don't really have much of a review for this one. Just definitely worth reading, especially considering how it tackles the issue of complacency, even in an assumed utopia.

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ChaoticMissAdventures
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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They don't make evil like they used to.

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Soubhiville
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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Pickpick

#curiouscovers: buildings #LittenListen

There were so many aspects of this book I loved. I think my favorite was the normalization of non-binary characters and non-hetero, multiple partner relationships.

The plot itself was engaging and satisfying, and the creature scary and relatable.

This is a bookclub pick, and I look forward to discussing it.

Eggs 👏🏻📚🏙 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💜💜💜 5mo
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Emmybird01
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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Pickpick

4/5 for this heart wrenching story. This was such a sad good book. I just loved Pet and Jam. Redemption was an awesome character too. This story just pulls at your heart. I do recommend reading it.

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kellyann28
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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Mehso-so

Finished this one! Lots of mixed thoughts on it, but ultimately this is one I would probably recommend. A quick read! Thanks for another great round of #LMPBC ! I'll get this shipped out this week 💜
@TheBookKeepers @Erinreadsthebooks @ads0123

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kellyann28
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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Got Pet in today! Should be able to quickly knock this out 💜 #LMPBC #Round11
@TheBookKeepers @ads0123 @Erinreadsthebooks

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TheBookKeepers
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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Mehso-so

Finished! I‘ll mail this tomorrow @kellyann28 @Erinreadsthebooks @ads0123 #lmpbc

kellyann28 ❤❤ 6mo
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juliegumdrop
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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This is way weirder than I could even imagine. Enjoying it!

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TheBookKeepers
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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Writeme
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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Pickpick

This YA book is so strong and fierce. I loved it. A mythic creature enters Jam‘s work to hunt a monster (think racist, abuser, molester), even though all of them had supposedly been eradicated decades earlier. This book does not mess around. Terrific lgbtq/black/trans culture. It‘s a world so easy to appreciate. And worth fighting for.

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Redwritinghood
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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Pickpick

This middle grade novel tackles some tough topics, but also conveys the message that you can‘t judge a book by its cover. Sometimes what looks scary can be safe and sometimes what seems safe can be dangerous. Audiobook narrator was great. 4⭐️

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TiminCalifornia
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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Pickpick

Good incorporation of trans/non-binary genders.
Life in the future town is a little too twee for my taste; a lot of casual touches to offer comfort and express sympathy or joy. I was surprised by how uncomfortable reading that hyper-empathy way of living made me because it did seem like the sort of life society should strive for.

Overall a well done, imaginative “good vs. evil” plot.

This #dogsoflitsy is my own “pet” angel.

#queer #lgbtq

bibliobliss What kind of breed? Beautiful dog 9mo
TiminCalifornia @Readage Thank you on Ozzie‘s behalf. He‘s a Spanish Galgo. 9mo
Laughterhp You know, I just finished this one earlier this week and I didn‘t even realize all the casual touches.. 🤔🤔 but now that you mention it, I did notice it a bit. 9mo
TiminCalifornia @Laughterhp I probably have too strong a sense of personal space but it did jump out at me. 9mo
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Laughterhp
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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Pickpick

Finally got a chance to get to this one. It was on The Time‘s 100 Best Fantasy List. I‘m slowly working my way through the list.

This is a world without monsters. Angels came down and cleared them all away, locked them up, etc. (not clear exactly). This is a middle grade/YA book. They seemed young, but there was lots of swearing. A hunter shows up and Jam has to help find the monster. I was a little confused at times, but overall I enjoyed it.

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Nalbuque
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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Pickpick

This was soooo good!! What a world! Like, it felt so original but also so obvious once you‘re in it? Absolutely fantastic, I loved this book.

#BlackHistoryMonth #2021 #BlackAuthors #LGBTQ #DogsOfLitsy

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Laughterhp
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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The premise of this book is extremely interesting. This letter is the first page, before the story starts.

I‘ve never read a “Make Me a World” book before. I‘m really glad to have picked up this book. I hope I like it.

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Laughterhp
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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#LibraryBookhaul - I have so many books I need to read right now, but I got another library stack in 🤦‍♀️

They put books in quarantine for a week if they are from another library, which means they all really come in at once 🤷🏻‍♀️

BarbaraJean Same for me right now! I have six in my pile: three to go back and three I haven‘t finished. And three more waiting for me at the library. It‘s both terrible and wonderful all at the same time. 😁 10mo
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GatheringBooks
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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#InspiredNewYear Day 27: The tartufo pizza with buratta cheese looks #Scrumptious - doesn‘t it?

TheKidUpstairs Looks so so good!!!!! 10mo
AmyG That looks amazing. Pizza where I live-sucks. 10mo
Reign_1982 This looks great, I have to look this pizza up. Have you started on the book 10mo
Leftcoastzen Looks yummy! 10mo
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GatheringBooks
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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madams421
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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Pickpick

Loved this strange and indescribable ride! Such an important book and a symbol of the hope and diversity of thought I hope is a trend to come in the book world ❤️

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ReadingEnvy
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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Mehso-so

One of my shadow goals is to read more middle grade books because it's been 30 years since I left that category behind. Pet seems to be solidly on the border between middle grade and YA, with a memorable protagonist, a close friendship, and a town that claims they got rid of all the monsters....

I bought the hardcover last year in a bundle from sistah scifi but as I read this I discovered the paperback comes out on the 19th!

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ReadingEnvy
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi

"It was no small thing to try to restructure a society, to find the pus boiling away under the scabs, to peel back the hardened flesh to let it out."

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bibliobard
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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Pickpick

Already close to a bingo! This is what happens when you put off lesson plans I guess. Once again I finish the #doublespin first, but mostly because my #bookspin hasn‘t arrived yet.
This book was short and powerful! I loved the message and even being a quick read it had excellent characters and a cool premise. I also loved the use of monsters in this book and the double meaning of that word.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 11mo
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bibliobard
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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I really couldn‘t ask for a better evening. Good book and a good boy. 📖 🐶

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Brooke_H
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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Pickpick

This is an interesting and very strange book, and I find it difficult to write a review about it. For the first half, I was bewildered and a bit frustrated. The writing is awkward (I thought it was a translation, but it is not). The character names are not names as we know them, which forced my brain to rewire itself in a way to get used to people being referred to as Redemption, Glass, Aloe, Bitter, etc. But by halfway through I was ALL IN.

monkeygirlsmama Hmmm my interest is piqued! Stacked. 11mo
emtobiasz This was my first read of 2020 and I am still thinking about it. 11mo
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B00SEGUMPS
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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Pickpick

Pick-up 'Pet'⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5! With unexpected help, Jam bravely faces hard truths in order to protect the people that she loves!

So glad there's a book where black, trans, and neurodivergent youth can read themselves as the protagonist and see they deserve a world that believes, loves, and protects them 💕💕#LGBTQ #YA

Tw: CSA as a major topic (*non graphic descriptions), mentions: police violence, suicide, body horror, eye trauma, sexual assault

Addison_Reads I was blown away by this one too when I read it. 12mo
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Reign_1982
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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Bailedbailed

Way too much cursing for me

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Reign_1982
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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Currently listening 🎧 to

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ke1lbe1l
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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Angels aren‘t pretty pictures in old holy books just like monsters aren‘t ugly pictures. It‘s all just people. Doing hard things or doing bad things, but it‘s all just people. Our people ... So pictures could be wrong ... Pictures could be flat out lies, but what she was really thinking was pictures could be misleading. That made more trickster sense — showing your eyes one thing and tripping your feet in another direction.

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ke1lbe1l
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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Good and innocent. They not the same thing. They don‘t wear the same face.

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ke1lbe1l
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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Bitter knew her name was heavy. But she didn‘t mind it because it was honest. That was something she taught Jam. That a lot of things were manageable as long as they were honest. You could see things clearly if they were honest. You could decide what to do next because you knew what you were dealing with.

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SkeletonKey
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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Started this one this morning. Thought it might be a lighter read but NOPE, YA hits hard these days. It‘s good.

Kenyazero Emezi seems to hit hard! 14mo
SkeletonKey @Kenyazero - Always! 14mo
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Bkwrm7
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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#3Books with one-word titles: All three of these are still on my TBR list. I'll probably get to Pet first because it's the read for the YA book club at my library this month. Incendiary and Pride are both Owlcrate editions that I haven't had a chance to read yet. So many books, so little time!
@OriginalCyn620 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I know the feeling!! 1y
OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚👍🏻 1y
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Addison_Reads
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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Pickpick

Utterly unique and equally fascinating! 💚 At first I wasn't sure where this story was going, but the world building is excellent, and the character development is spot-on, so I found myself quickly submerged in a wonderful journey unlike any I've read before.

Emezi is such an inventive writer. I can't wait to see what this author writes next. 😍

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BookBelle84
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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I loved The Death of Vivek Oji so much I requested all of the authors other books from the library. #librarybookhaul

Librarianaut That looks awesome! 1y
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kgriffith
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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I am enamored of the authors of these works that dare to imagine a world after we‘ve abolished prisons, defunded the police, and invested in our people. I‘ve always found dystopia powerful, but this, this is so much more so.

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kgriffith
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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Surely a tribute to Toni Morrison, yes?

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Marni
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
This was such a great book. It was heavy without being too much, and captured my attention immediately. Another prompt from #booked2020 done. Also, officially met my reading goal for the year!
36/36
#YANovelbyPOC
#OBMBookClub
#DiverseReads

Cinfhen Yay!! Congrats on reaching your reading goal with more than 4 months to go 🥳🙌🏻 1y
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kgriffith
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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My heart. 🥺🥰💜

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kgriffith
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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I didn‘t plan to participate in the #reversereadathon but a post showed up at just the right moment so here I am. Glad I looked over the bingo card first, or else I wouldn‘t have been able to mark off “select your first book blindfolded” ;) #deweysreadathon #24hourreadathon #readathon

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orin.tsundoku
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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"Angels aren't pretty pictures in old holy books, just like monsters aren't ugly pictures. It's all just people, doing hard things or doing bad things. But is all just people, our people."

Man, this book is dropping quotes left and right.

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orin.tsundoku
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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"Good and innocent, they not the same thing; they don't wear the same face."

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Marni
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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There shouldn‘t be any monsters left in Lucille.

#FirstLineFridays

ShyBookOwl I need this! 1y
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Marni
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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Reading this for this month‘s #OBMBookClub selection

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ephemeralwaltz
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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I just bought and started PET and I can't help at be marvelled by how representation in MG and YA novels has evolved since I myself was reading as a kid. I have a feeling there'll be so much to unpack here. Akwaeke Emezi is a gift and PET just reinforces that we have been blessed by this new, fresh voice in literature. This just makes me more excited for the release of The Death of Vivek Oji this year.

rachelsbrittain LOVED this one! 1y
Kalalalatja Sounds great! 1y
ephemeralwaltz @rachelsbrittain @Kalalalatja Just finished it this afternoon. It was FANTASTIC on every level! 1y
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okthislooksbad
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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Pickpick

This was so much more than I'd expected and it was magical and scary and uncomfortable and beautiful.

"Do not be afraid." ❤️

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esurient
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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The language in this one is beautiful, and I utterly love Emezi's deft presentation of characters -- Jam's perception of her world and her relationships in it is incredible. But for all the lushness of this world, the story is so very spare, and I found that disappointing. This is a novel that reads like a novella.

esurient Maybe the abruptness makes it better poised to reach the young readers it's intended for, but for me-the-adult reader the climax fell like crashing into a wall. I would have preferred for the leisurely pace that opens this book to have been continued through the end. All in all, a pick with some caveats. 1y
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esurient
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I love how matter-of-fact backstory this is. I love being in Jam's head.

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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Pickpick

A deceptively complex high middle grade / low YA about Jam, a sometimes mute Black trans girl who lives in a future utopia where all "monsters" have been eradicated. But when she accidentally helps a creature from her mom's painting come alive, it tells her there is a monster in her friend's house. It's heartbreaking how the adults dismiss signs of abuse and children when they try to tell them. Warning for childhood physical/sexual abuse.

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shanaqui
Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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Wow, this is super easy to read but hard to think about -- it sounds utopian, but then lays bare how much work has to be done to create and then maintain that world.

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