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Maame – Jessica George

Read if you love:

  • Coming-of-Age
  • Family Dynamics
  • Mental Health

The Review:

I enjoyed watching Maddie (aka Maame) come into her own and find herself amidst her father’s death, her family’s ability to dump every burden on her shoulders and trying to live her life for herself for the first time. I loved the Ghanaian culture woven through the novel.

“Your mother calls you Maame?”
“Yes. ‘Maame’ means —“
“I know what it means.” Angelina smiles — a bit sadder, if I’m not mistaken. “I’m the eldest of three sisters and it’s what my mother called me.”
“You’re Ghanaian?”
“I am indeed. Which means I’m well aware of the importance of names in our culture. In many ways, they’re given to us in an attempt to speak to our future. Growing up, I had many friends named Glory, Patience, Wisdom, Comfort. It seems there is a link between our names and our supposed destiny. We could apply that thinking to the name Maame: the responsible one. The woman. The mother. Often before her time.”

Also, can we talk about how gorgeous this cover is?!? 😍❤️💛🩷💚

Thank you for choosing this Jenna Bush Hager for February’s Read With Jenna pick! I loved it!

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