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We Deserve Monuments

Author: Jas Hammonds

We Deserve Monuments

We Deserve Monuments

$10.99

About This Book

"An absolute must read." Buzzfeed

"A gripping portrayal of the South's inherent racism and a love story for queer...

Page Count
384
Genre
On Sale
11/29/2022
Age Range
14-18

Book Details

"An absolute must read." Buzzfeed

"A gripping portrayal of the South's inherent racism and a love story for queer Black girls." Teen Vogue

Family secrets, a swoon-worthy romance, and a slow-burn mystery collide in We Deserve Monuments, a YA debut from Jas Hammonds that explores how racial violence can ripple down through generations.


What’s more important: Knowing the truth or keeping the peace?


Seventeen-year-old Avery Anderson is convinced her senior year is ruined when she's uprooted from her life in DC and forced into the hostile home of her terminally ill grandmother, Mama Letty. The tension between Avery’s mom and Mama Letty makes for a frosty arrival and unearths past drama they refuse to talk about. Every time Avery tries to look deeper, she’s turned away, leaving her desperate to learn the secrets that split her family in two.

While tempers flare in her avoidant family, Avery finds friendship in unexpected places: in Simone Cole, her captivating next-door neighbor, and Jade Oliver, daughter of the town’s most prominent family—whose mother’s murder remains unsolved.

As the three girls grow closer—Avery and Simone’s friendship blossoming into romance—the sharp-edged opinions of their small southern town begin to hint at something insidious underneath. The racist history of Bardell, Georgia is rooted in Avery’s family in ways she can’t even imagine. With Mama Letty's health dwindling every day, Avery must decide if digging for the truth is worth toppling the delicate relationships she's built in Bardell—or if some things are better left buried.

Imprint Publisher

Roaring Brook Press

ISBN

9781250816566

In The News

"An absolute must read." Buzzfeed

"A gripping portrayal of the South's inherent racism and a love story for queer Black girls." Teen Vogue

"
Hammonds seamlessly weaves together mystery, romance, and a town’s racist history, crafting a gripping and emotional story. A love story—romantic and familial—that is a must-read." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"We Deserve Monuments is an absolutely beautiful achievement. I felt this book in my heart, in my very marrow itself." —Christina Hammonds Reed, New York Times bestselling author of The Black Kids

"We Deserve Monuments is an exquisite story about the value of family, the danger of long-held secrets, and the beauty of first love. I can't wait to read everything Jas Hammonds writes." —Brandy Colbert, award-winning author of The Voting Booth and Little & Lion

"A breathtaking debut that explores love and family in a tender, honest way, with beautiful writing and a mystery that grabs you to the end." —Kim Johnson, bestselling author of This Is My America

"This is a powerful, quaking meditation on generational trauma that effortlessly blends the South's honeyed sunshine with its rotten secrets. Hammonds has written a blazing debut." —Kelly Quindlen, bestselling author of She Drives Me Crazy and Her Name in the Sky

"We Deserve Monuments by Jas Hammonds is a beautifully poignant novel. Readers will be drawn into Avery’s story as she discovers long-hidden truths about her family and navigates young love, ultimately finding herself in the process. This was an amazing read!" —Maika & Maritza Moulite, authors of Dear Haiti, Love Alaine and One of the Good Ones

"We Deserve Monuments is at once tender and riveting, drawing you in with its sweetness before sinking in its teeth and never letting go. Hammonds has crafted a profound story about family, history, and the burden of secrets, leaving no stone unturned or truth unexamined in this sincere debut." —Kyrie McCauley, award-winning author of We Can Be Heroes and If These Wings Could Fly

"
Jas Hammonds’ new book is stunning, and makes for essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the generational trauma of racist violence in the South." –LitHub

"A pull-your-heart-out-with-its-teeth novel. . .[these] characters feel like real people, and so their big love, aches, and humor feel real too. Though the prose, plot, themes, and characters are expertly executed, Avery, the protagonist, carries the voice. Queer kids, Black kids, biracial kids — and everyone else — will find so much of themselves in her." –Chicago Review of Books

“I don't know how Jas Hammonds managed to weave so many beautiful, intricate layers into this story, but We Deserve Monuments is an absolute stunner. An intergenerational mystery, a tribute to first love, and one of the best YA books I've read in the last decade.” –Nicole Brinkley, Oblong Books, Rhinebeck, NY

“A phenomenal and emotionally captivating debut that weaves together small town secrecy, intersectional identity, and America's violent history into one stunning, poignant, and sure-to-be influential novel. The kind of book that will keep you up until 2 AM – or at least, it did for me.” —Andrew King, Secret Garden Bookshop, Seattle, WA

“This is the kind of book that will take root in your heart and never leave. I flew through this story of generational trauma and queer girl-next-door love with a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes. Trust me when I say you need this book!” —Kassie King, The Novel Neighbor, Webster Groves, MO

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We Deserve Monuments

We Deserve Monuments

$10.99