Every Body Looking

Every Body Looking Review

Every Body Looking is a debut novel in verse in the style of Elizabeth Acevedo and Jason Reynolds. Candice Iloh's book tells the story of Ada--daughter of an immigrant father and an African American mother--and her struggle to find a place for herself in America and in her own family.

"This is a story about the sometimes toxic and heavy expectations set on the backs of first generation children, the pressures woven into the family dynamic, culturally and socially. About childhood secrets with sharp teeth. And ultimately, about a liberation that taunts every young person."--New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds

Every Body Looking is a heavily autobiographical novel of a young woman's struggle to carve a place for herself--for her black female body--in a world of deeply conflicting messages.

Told entirely in verse, Ada's story encompasses her earliest memories as a child, including her abuse at the hands of a young cousin, her mother's rejection and descent into addiction, and her father's attempts to create a home for his American daughter more like the one he knew in Nigeria.

The present-tense of the book is Ada's first year at Howard University in Washington D.C., where she must finally confront the fundamental conflict between who her family says she should be and what her body tells her she must be.

Title:Every Body Looking
Edition Language:English

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  • Melanie (mells_view)

    that I’m too loudtoo muchtoo freeEvery Body Looking is sort of a coming of age and coming into yourself while also trying to live up to family expectations and cultural expectations. I have actually...

  • Kai

    Ever since The Black Flamingo and Blood Water Paint I'm a sucker for verse novels which is why I'm super hyped for this book...

  • faith ?

    this releases today!! you should def add to your tbr this releases today!! you should def add to your tbr <33 ...more ...

  • The Artisan Geek

    27/11/19A story about a Nigerian-American at a HBCU. Yup, this went straight to my 'gotta-catch-em-all' shelf.You can find me onYoutube | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Website...

  • Bethany

    Actual Rating: 4.5 starsEvery Body Looking is a hard-hitting coming of age story told in verse that creeps up on you and kind of rips your heart out. Please use caution and check trigger/content warni...

  • TL

    I won this via goodreads giveaways, all my opinions are my own. --I wanted more from the ending (compliment) and to see to where Ada would go next:).This was a wonderful experience, this book helped m...

  • charlotte, ( of readsrainbow)

    i don't love books in verse, so this 3 stars as probably equivalent to 5 from someone who doesRep: Nigerian American wlw mc, Nigerian side characters, Black side charactersCWs: rape, emotional abuse...

  • Toya (the reading chemist)

    I’m really torn with this one because I typically love novels written in verse, but this one felt more like a novella that wasn’t quite complete. More thoughts to come. ...

  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)

    I can't remember the last time I read a book in verse/poetic style and wasn't sure how it would resonate for me as I typically find poetry hard to review. However, when you have 416 pages of a lyrical...

  • Samantha (WLABB)

    Ada grew up with many rules and expectations, but now, on her own at college, she is finally starting to analyze and overcome her past as she figures out who she is and who she wants to be. This was n...