Review: Yerba Buena

Yerba Buena
Yerba Buena by Nina LaCour
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“She existed outside of her life and she knew it. When faced with danger, she couldn’t even shout. She barely heard a word people said, too busy making her face appear eager, nodding her head, and saying, “How interesting.””

I read and loved LaCour’s previous books and was very excited to see an adult novel. It did not disappoint.

I loved the story of Sara and Emilie, each of them struggling in their own way, trying to feel whole and trying to make their lives “work.” Trying to survive in a world that hasn’t been kind to them. I loved how each of them have an art (flowers/renovating and making cocktails) that allows them to bring forth their creativity and add their unique beauty to the world. I loved how real and flawed they are.

This story is about love. It’s about trying again, being willing to be vulnerable and be seen and finding your way in a world that hasn’t always been good to you. LaCour is an excellent story teller and this story will stay with you for a long, long time.

with gratitude to Flatiron Books and netgalley for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review

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