ARC review: Jade is a Twisted Green

Jade is a Twisted Green

⭐⭐⭐.5 3.5 out of 5 stars

Jade is a Twisted Green focuses on the life of Jade Brown, a twenty-four-year-old Jamaican woman living in Toronto. Grieving the loss of her twin sister, Jade struggles with her emotions. She attempts to find her own identity, detached from the more confident and popular Roze. Her journey starts with reaching out to an old lover and continues through parties, trips and relationships…

This novel was a fascinating read. It is a coming-of-age story of a Black and Queer woman. Sounds promising, right? Apart from maturing and exploring identity and sexuality, the novel focuses on grief. Jade seems lost without her twin, as she played the leading role in their relationship. She feels judged and compared to her sister, which highly affects her healing process. Reading about someone deeply influenced by grief was sad but not depressing. Tanya Turton found a way to balance the serious issues and more light-hearted events. The only fault I found in this novel is the fragmented narration that doesn’t flow naturally and seems confusing to follow.

In general, I would recommend this novel to the fans of slower, more emotional fiction—especially those interested in Black Women and Queer literature.

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