Book Review: There You Are – Mathea Morais

There You Are is a novel that has been on my to read list for a while, and I’m so pleased that I picked it up this summer.

There You Are is a powerful novel, with extremely memorable characters and important reflections on race relations in America. Octavian Munroe and Mina Rose fall in love as teenagers in St. Louis, a city running deep with racial tension and segregation. Now years later, they cannot shake the impact that the relationship and their teenage years have had on their lives. News that the record store that provided a safe haven them and for many kids in the community is closing leads them back to St. Louis and draws the reader down a nostalgic path.

Music is one of the main driving forces behind this story – it seeps through every page of the novel and different decades of music structure the chapters. There are such beautiful layers of emotion woven throughout this novel – it is full of heart, but also sadness, anger and regret. I found its commentary on race relations extremely poignant and will definitely be recommending this book to others.

There You Are, by Mathea Morris is available now and published with Amberjack Publishing. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for sending me an eCopy of the novel in exchange for an honest review.

Sophie @Sophie_Jo_Books  📚 🐾

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