Review: Adé: A Love Story by Rebecca Walker

I’m excited to be a part of the blog tour for Rebecca Walker’s Adé: A Love Story. Thanks to TLC Book Tours for supplying me with a review copy. This tour began October 28 and finishes up November 26; be sure to check out the complete tour schedule and read the reviews posted on other stops for other perspectives.

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Title: Adé: A Love Story
Author: Rebecca Walker
Publisher: Little A / New Harvest
Released: October 29, 2013
Source: publisher (TLC Book Tours)

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

In this stunning debut novel, Rebecca Walker turns her attention to the power of love and the limitations of the human heart. When Farida, a sophisticated college student, falls in love with Adé, a young Swahili man living on an idyllic island off the coast of Kenya, the two plan to marry and envision a simple life together—free of worldly possessions and concerns. But when Farida contracts malaria and finds herself caught in the middle of a civil war, reality crashes in around them. The lovers’ solitude is interrupted by a world in the throes of massive upheaval that threatens to tear them apart, along with all they cherish.

Haunting, exquisite, and certain to become a classic, Adé will stay with you long after you put it down. This is a timeless love story set perfectly, heartbreakingly, in our time.

THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING! I can’t shout that loud enough. I read Adé two months ago, and wanted to kick myself for reading it too early, knowing I had to wait so long before reviewing it. I kid you not, my heart skips a beat whenever I think about this book. It was that good.

I was surprised by two things. First, Rebecca Walker’s writing is very descriptive in a wordy kind of way, something I normally do not enjoy at all. But the style here was simply magnificent. I soaked in every word. Second, it’s a love story. This is something I normally avoid. But this novel wasn’t a vapid, silly love story. Farida and Adé’s story was stunning. Sensitive, superb, and perfectly timed.

Adé makes me want to eat coconut rice and cassava and chicken biryani. I loved learning about Lamu, Kenya. I gained intimate insight into Swahili culture, but was also reminded that many experiences are just plain human. And oh my word, was I ever reminded of my own “first world problems.”

By the end, with only a few pages of the book left, I was still completely absorbed in every word, every phrase. Then the main character, Farida, comes to a profound realization. It’s something that, when I read it, I thought, “umm, yeah, that’s never good, I could have warned you about that.” But then I realized, I did this very same thing while I was reading! Rebecca Walker’s ravishing descriptions of the culture and people tricked me into doing something I was so high and mighty about when I recognized it at the end. (I know this is vague, but I don’t want to spoil it.)

Walker swept me in so that I was fully invested in the characters and their lives. At only 128 pages, you do not want to miss out on the incredible, moving experience of reading Adé.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any other compensation for this review.