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Book Review : Half of A Yellow Sun

Book Title : Half of A Yellow Sun
Book Author : Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
My Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date : September 12th 2006


There’s no argument that Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is one of the best authors out there, in my opinion, with her exceptionally flawless writing and narrative style. Having loved and praised Americanah, I had to check out her other books and somehow I found myself group reading Half of a Yellow Sun.

A Historical fiction that is recounted with the point of view of three people, each chapter by one of them. Ugwu, the houseboy who works for a university Professor. Olanna, The professor’s mistress and Richard, and Englishman who’s in love with Olanna’s twin sister. We follow those three and other characters, back and forth, between the early 60’s and late 60’s, with events leading up to the Nigeria-Biafra war.

I can’t help but give a standing ovation to how the book, chapter and parts where structured. It was absolutely clever and I believe no one, but Adichie, can pull it off that easily and effortlessly. I was able to follow the plotline without any difficulty and was immensely enjoying it.

Another standing ovation for how brilliantly, a subject that may be kind of a bore to me, was expertly relayed thus had me hanging and interested in every word. I’m not a big fan of political or war related books but Adichie’s style makes it hard not to get absorbed in it.


It’s quite a shame that for some reason, I cannot connect or fall in love with any of Adichie’s characters. I haven’t liked any in Americanaah and the same with Half of a Yellow Sun. They sounded flat and devoid of any characteristic-ish flavor. I wasn’t able to sympathize or root for any of them. I especially hated Olanna as it was confusing on how Adichie wanted to portray her. She wasn’t weak but she wasn’t strong either. Maybe, just maybe I could have liked her twin sister whom I felt was the most real of any of the characters.

As real as the writing is, and as the events, her characters are not. That was why I could not have given this a full five stars.

I would recommend the book though. It was worth the read but not worth the hype.

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Book Review : Americanah

Book Title : Americanah
Book Author : Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
My Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date : May 14th 2013


I’ve had this book in my tbr for quite a while now. Kept putting off reading it month after month till I finally picked it as my first book of May.

This was my first Adichie book and it certainly won’t be my last – I’ve already went ahead and ordered another book of hers.

Her writing style is just flawless and poetic which makes it such a comfortable read.
The story revolves around two teenage Nigerians, Ifemelu and Obinze who fell in love and made plans to immigrate to America together. While Ifemelu makes it, Obinze doesn’t. They don’t meet again till after 13 years when Ifemelu finally comes back to Nigeria.

Throughout the book, we follow Ifemelu through her struggles in America with race, identity, immigration and hair issues(yep, hair issues, you read right). As much as I enjoyed the book, I did feel there were more characters than one can remember. It could get confusing as to who is who sometimes and their Nigerian names didn’t help at all 😂.

I was frustrated with a lot of decisions throughout the story and I really couldn’t make up my mind about Ifemelu, her character or her choices. I was in a love/hate relationship with her(leaning more to the hate side).

Overall, it’s an extremely good read, I gave it a four stars and I would definitely recommend that you go right NOW and pick it up.