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NOW AVAILABLE All knowledge is good knowledge, Pet said.I don t know if that s true, Jam thought back It doesn t feel true right now Truth doesn t care if it feels true or not It is true nonetheless in the world of books and publishing, some titles are marketed as YA with the expectation that they will have crossover appeal into the adult market, and some are intended to pull in strong reading tweens looking to grow out of their middle grade options.this one feels like it was written for th NOW AVAILABLE All knowledge is good knowledge, Pet said.I don t know if that s true, Jam thought back It doesn t feel true right now Truth doesn t care if it feels true or not It is true nonetheless in the world of books and publishing, some titles are marketed as YA with the expectation that they will have crossover appeal into the adult market, and some are intended to pull in strong reading tweens looking to grow out of their middle grade options.this one feels like it was written for the younger half of the YA audience because this is internet, i feel like i have to throw up a shield before i m even attacked by clarifying what should be some very obvious things about that statement, like 1 this is an observation, not a criticism, because there need to be books for every age group and reading level and that excellent books exist across every genre and in every age category, and 2 i m not saying this one doesn t have appeal for adult readers, or even that i didn t personally enjoy it, but overall, me as adult reader felt that the message was a bit facile for a grown person seasoned reader and would be considerably less so to younger readers.this is the first title from PRH s Make Me a World imprint, and their own mission statement s language suggests they are targeting a younger than teen audience MAKE ME A WORLD is an imprint dedicated to exploring the vast possibilities of contemporary childhood We strive to imagine a universe in which no young person is invisible, in which no kid s story is erased, in which no glass ceiling presses down on the dreams of a child Then, we publish books for that world, where kids ask hard questions, and we struggle with them together, where dreams stretch from eons ago into the future, and we do our best to provide road maps to where these young folks want to be We make books where the children of today can see themselves and each other.you can read the rest of it hereit s a great idea for an imprint, with today s increased demand for diversity and representation and ownvoices in reading materials creating a conversation between the kinds of people who live inthan one world, and inviting young readers to make their own, because if we want to start making better people than the ones we have now, the younger they are exposed to a range of cultures and experiences, the better the central character in Pet is a black trans girl with selective mutism, and the book also features a hunky librarian who uses a wheelchair and a polyamorous relationship with a nonbinary person, so it s working the diversity angle for sure, but it s doing it pretty quietly these characters and relationships exist because they exist in this and all worlds, but the bare fact of their existence is not the story s focus the focus is monsters.it s set in a near future utopian city called lucille, and all of our contemporary problems and divisive conflicts appear to have been fixed firearms banned, nationalism and religion eradicated, crime solved for, with major leaps and bounds in medical technology that allows trans kids like our protagonist jam to ease into their true selves with a minimum of physical or psychological distress, and most importantly the complete elimination of monsters in the world where monsters is a stand in for all kinds of evil, and angels are those who fought and won the monster ending revolution the process by which all of this happened is brisk and glossed over It was the angels who took apart the prisons and the police who held councils prosecuting the former officers who d shot children and murdered people, sentencing them to restitution and rehabilitation The angels took the laws and changed them, tore down the horrible statues of rich men who d owned people and fought to keep owning people.jam s generation is the first to be monster free, and while talking about monsters is generally discouraged in lucille, jam s mother indulges her, emphasizing the moral relativism of lucille s angels It not easy to get rid of monsters, she said The angels, they had to do things underhand, dark things You can t sweet talk a monster into anything else, when all it does want is monsterness Good and innocent, they not the same thing they don t wear the same face but of course, in a world without monsters, no one will recognize a monster when they see one, and there s a danger in overprotection, in encouraging ignorance of the shapes monsters can take when you think you ve been without monsters for so long, sometimes you forget what they look like, what they sound like, no matter how much remembering your education urges you to do It s not the same when the monsters are gone You re only remembering shadows of them, stories that seem to be limited to the pages or screens you read them from Flat and dull things So, yes, people forget But forgetting is dangerous.Forgetting is how the monsters come back.spoiler alert there is a monster at the end of this book.as far as basic plot, characterizations, and message, this is well suited for a strong middle grade to YA audience some of it will seem oversimplified to old fogey readers like me, but there s a lot of beautiful writing here, and with references to hannah arendt and gwendolyn brooks, it s got some sophisticated bones running through it i may not have loved it, but i liked it enough to make a this month promise to finally read my copy of Freshwater emezi s adult debut from last year this is also the month i will get older and evenfogey ish, so hooray for that, i guess.come to my blog when a highly awaited book actually exceeds my expectations all I wanna do is cry and give a sacrificial offering to whatever gods held its fate in their hands Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterest Who is even the target audience for this book I asked, while stirring my tea and clutching my pearls No, but seriously, I m not sure what age group this book is intended for On the inside of the book, it says 12 but I m not 100% sure about thatPET is the story of a young girl named Jam She lives in this utopian society where people called angels have gotten rid of all the monsters From what I can tell, these angels and m Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterest Who is even the target audience for this book I asked, while stirring my tea and clutching my pearls No, but seriously, I m not sure what age group this book is intended for On the inside of the book, it says 12 but I m not 100% sure about thatPET is the story of a young girl named Jam She lives in this utopian society where people called angels have gotten rid of all the monsters From what I can tell, these angels and monsters are metaphorical, and monsters are abusers and criminals, and angels are those who either uphold the law or act as agents of justice The only problem, this book warns, is that in a world without monsters, people forget what they look likeJam s mother, Bitter, is an artist One day, she paints this especially creepy thing with corpse hands, fur, and feathers, with razor blades sticking out of its flesh Jam trips and cuts herself on these blades, and when her blood mixes with the painting, the painting comes to life A real life monster, only this monster claims its name is Pet and it s here to hunt the real monsters.Most of the book is told in this overly precious narrative format that makes the book feel babyish It kind of reminds me of Francesca Lia Block, if Francesca Lia Block were writing a Neil Gaiman like middle grade novel That should be really awesome, but this book wasn t because I felt like it talked down to its audience way too much and was a little too ridiculous, even for kids I mean, the heroine s name is Jam, her friend is Redemption, and their family members are named things like Hibiscus, Aloe, and Glass what Pet waltzes the line between scary and cute and for 90% of the book, wouldn t be out of place as an extra in Disney s Monsters Inc Until the climax, which is horrifying.Seriously, beware, children You re going to get scarred for life What the actual fork did I read.On the one hand, kudos to this book for making kids aware of abusers and the importance of shining the light on crimes that otherwise go unpunished On the other hand, major down vote for inconsistent tone and promoting however indirectly violent vigilante justice I think there s a good message buried in this book but the story made it hard to find and I didn t really buy the world building Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review 2.5 stars This book was beautiful and haunting and i absolutely cried at the endcw child abuse, csa specifically A thought provoking and haunting novel about a creature that escapes from an artist s canvas, whose talent is sniffing out monsters in a world that claims they don t exist any Perfect for fans of Akata Witch and Shadowshaper There are no monsters any, or so the children in the city of Lucille are taught Jam and her best friend, Redemption, have grown up with this lesson all their life But when Jam meets Pet, a creature made of horns and colors and claws, who emerges from one of her mother s paintings and a drop of Jam s blood, she must reconsider what she s been told Pet has come to hunt a monster and the shadow of something grim lurks in Redemption s house Jam must fight not only to protect her best friend, but also uncover the truth, and the answer to the questionHow do you save the world from monsters if no one will admit they exist In their riveting and timely young adult debut, acclaimed novelist Akwaeke Emezi asks difficult questions about what choices you can make when the society around you is in denial Having been a ridiculously crazy mind blowing fan of FRESHWATER , by Akwaeke Emezi s debut autobiographical novel It took seconds to request a copy of PET , the moment I saw the book on Netgalley I love the About the Book , sentence.created by the advertising folks PET IS HERE TO HUNT A MONSTER ARE YOU BRAVE ENOUGH TO LOOK Yesyesyes.I put on my brave hat, wrapped myself in my new gorgeous brave blanket made by my wonderful moon friend snuggled into my brave chair Having been a ridiculously crazy mind blowing fan of FRESHWATER , by Akwaeke Emezi s debut autobiographical novel It took seconds to request a copy of PET , the moment I saw the book on Netgalley I love the About the Book , sentence.created by the advertising folks PET IS HERE TO HUNT A MONSTER ARE YOU BRAVE ENOUGH TO LOOK Yesyesyes.I put on my brave hat, wrapped myself in my new gorgeous brave blanket made by my wonderful moon friend snuggled into my brave chair and started reading..BRAVELY I KID YOU NOT.a reader must be brave to read anything by Akwaeke Emezi Her books are exceptionally experiential filled with wisdom insights and depth Emezi has the ability to tap into our personal inhibitions to experience both a fascinating tale and a moving transformation The wonderful blurb folks gave us this to ponder too HOW DO YOU SAVE THE WORLD FROM MONSTERS IF NO ONE WILL ADMIT THEY EXIST Another question is COULD WE EVER LIVE IN A WORLD WITHOUT EVIL We meet Jam a black transgender teen who lives in a town called Lucille She has loving parents Bitter and Aloe Jam was taught that all the monsters in the world have vanished.ie murderers, corrupt politicians, sex offenders, rapists, injustice, prejudice, and all types of abusers.In Lucille The town of Utopia Angels are known, but not evil But perhaps not all monsters are really gone Perhaps children discover truths before their parents do It s so tempting to want to share the page turning creative details but I ll be goodso instead the characters with their thought provoking names Jam, Bitter, Redemption, Aloe, Ube, Hibiscus, Moss, Glass, Malachite, and PET are waiting to meet you they will be happy to fill you in and give you a job to do.You are being invited come face to face with PET, a magical creature who feels human, who is roughly the same height as Jam PET calls Jam little girl her mother calls her doux flux , other than PET has dark red horns and smoke wafting out of his mouth, smelling like ash PET, who was painted into life, doesn t care what Jam or her parents want only the truth of what is The truth does not change whether it is seen or unseen Sometimes it s easier not to see not to see what is happening This is why you must be brave while facing the truth Jam remembers her mother, Bitter, telling her before the revolution had ended Angels as hunters had to do dark things, hard things They, too, had to be brave PET may need to do hard things, too Jam may have to do dark things.They need your help readersDon t be afraid Put on your Sunday best brave clothes of armor.And remember All knowledge is good knowledge A fantastical young adult book one that adults will enjoy too.Teachers, parents of middle age kids this is a terrific book choice to read together.Akwaeke Emezi is sooo brilliantly creative SUCH A UNIQUE writer.I admire her extraordinary talent.Thank you Netgalley, Random House Children, and Akwaeke Emezi First, some notes on representation Black, trans girl lead who is selectively verbal and uses sign language frequently Entirely black cast Jam s best friend has three parents they are in a polyamorous relationship and one of the parents uses they them pronouns Now, onto the book itself For a book that was so hard for me to describe prior to reading it, this has a relatively straightforward premise It is set in the world of Lucille, a place where righteous angels have eliminated all monster First, some notes on representation Black, trans girl lead who is selectively verbal and uses sign language frequently Entirely black cast Jam s best friend has three parents they are in a polyamorous relationship and one of the parents uses they them pronouns Now, onto the book itself For a book that was so hard for me to describe prior to reading it, this has a relatively straightforward premise It is set in the world of Lucille, a place where righteous angels have eliminated all monsters This is a world without bad people who do bad things, or so Jam has been taught But one night a creature emerges from Jam s mother s newest painting It is horrifying to look at, asks that it be called Pet , and says it is hunting for a monster This is a story that confronts the idea that bad people don t stop existing just because you refuse to acknowledge they exist It s about morality and the power to stand up against even those who are closest to you It is harsh and difficult to confront the fact that sometimes bad people exist and you didn t see them, that you too have turned a blind eye to the things they have done, but once you look it in the face you cannot remain inactive In a lot of ways, Lucille is a utopia It exists in a world where trans children are trusted to know their own bodies and their own minds Jam expresses her identity when she s only 3 years old and the world lovingly embraces her and helps her with each step she wants to pursue She has access to hormones, hormone blockers, and the ability to make her own choices about medically transitioning while also hearing that her identity will be accepted and embraced whether or not she decides to pursue these routes Jam is also selectively verbal, occasionally voicing her thoughts aloud but mostly using sign language This is also embraced by her community, and most of the people in her life down to the extended family of her best friend learn sign language as well to reiterate over and over again that she is accepted no matter what It s also an examination of the fact that utopias can t be forced to exist if those who inhabit the world refuse to make the hard choices I think it s remarkable for that This is a book unlike any that I ve read before The hunt for the monster is straightforward, and I m sure that most adult and teen readers will know the direction the book is heading But the point isn t the hunt, the point is the people who inhabit this world and how their complacency has impacted their apparent utopia Thanks so much to Make Me a World for gifting me this copy at BookExpo this year It s a fascinating and beautiful book that I won t soon forget Note I am white and cisgender, so please don t take my review as the only one It is not remotely my place to remark on the quality of representation in this book This book is by a black, nonbinary author and deserves to be celebrated for that and for so much 4.5 stars Angels can look like many things So can monsters.Wow, this book is a lot to swallow It is heavy there is so much here to process Pet is a wildly creative story following, Jam, a black transgirl, living in a sort of metaphorical utopian city called, Lucille.In this futuristic feeling city, the angels have gotten rid of the all the monsters There are no monsters left, or so they say.Jam lives with her parents, Bitter and Aloe They are so loving and supportive of Jam She is cont 4.5 stars Angels can look like many things So can monsters.Wow, this book is a lot to swallow It is heavy there is so much here to process Pet is a wildly creative story following, Jam, a black transgirl, living in a sort of metaphorical utopian city called, Lucille.In this futuristic feeling city, the angels have gotten rid of the all the monsters There are no monsters left, or so they say.Jam lives with her parents, Bitter and Aloe They are so loving and supportive of Jam She is content.That is until one night, alone in her Mom s art studio, Jam accidentally cuts her hand and drips blood on one of Bitter s paintings.Okay, no big deal, right Her Mom won t get that mad.But then the painting starts to come to life A being is literally crawling out of the canvas like being birthed into the world He s big, he has horns, he has claws Jam can t believe her eyes This mess is certainly going to require a bitexplaining then a few drops of blood on a page.Jam begins communicating with this new being His name is Pet and he says he is here to hunt a monster in the House of Redemption.How can this be There are no monsters left and Jam knows Redemption He s her best friend She knows his whole family there are no monsters there Pet is insistent though He is not wrong and Jam begrudgingly agrees to help him with his hunt She doesn t think he will find anything, but she s goes along with him anyway,to appease him than anything else.Jam and Pet work together to try to weed out the monster hiding among them.As mentioned above, this book is heavy Initially, I was under the impression that this was Middle Grade for some reason, but that can t be correct I would definitely classify this as YA and maybe the marketing even does that, I m not sure.Dealing heavily in metaphor, this story lays out a horrifying reality for Redemption and his family I was moved by where this went and the view spoiler vigilante justice hide spoiler that followed.If you are looking for an impactful, unique, moving story to pick up this summer, with a ton of great rep and beautiful, metaphoric writing, you should ABSOLUTELY pick up Pet I am looking forward to readingfrom Emezi Pet is a story about how evil any kind of evil thrives in plain sight when people start refusing to look for it, to acknowledge that it can and does exist It s a story about how this refusal of any kind of discomfort, this hiding from the world s truth, hurts and silences victims.It follows Jam, a black trans girl with selective mutism who lives in Lucille, a town in a future version of America that would look like an utopia to us Not only the people around Jam accept all of her as she is, Pet is a story about how evil any kind of evil thrives in plain sight when people start refusing to look for it, to acknowledge that it can and does exist It s a story about how this refusal of any kind of discomfort, this hiding from the world s truth, hurts and silences victims.It follows Jam, a black trans girl with selective mutism who lives in Lucille, a town in a future version of America that would look like an utopia to us Not only the people around Jam accept all of her as she is, Lucille as a whole doesn t have monsters any no police to fear, no hoarding billionaries or evil politicians or backstabbing bigots Evil has been defeated, people say, but as Jam soon discovers, that s never really the case.This is a charming little book It s so short, but it has so much to say, with this world balanced between surreal and futuristic, in which creatures can come through paintings and monsters are still so familiar It s not contemporary, but it s that kind of book that feelsreal than reality, and one I would recommend to readers of all ages I think that it s technically a much needed lower YA, as the main character is 15, but it s accessible even to younger readers, and adults could get a lot out of it as well From what Pet says about the nature of evil to what it says about what makes a monster, or an angel not the appearance, not what they are, but what they do there are a lot of important messages and reminders in this book.I think it s really interesting how, in an age range that is supposedly geared towards teenagers so, from 13 to 19, and even then, people will tell you that it s technically meant to be 14 17 , characters that are younger than 16 are so uncommon in YA I think this is one of the reasons this book felt so unlike every YA novel I had ever read before Jam is a 15 year old girl who actually feels like one, and Pet talks about the typical difficulties of being a young teen in the world Jam doesn t know how to communicate with her parents any, she s slowly realizing that the world is uglier than she has believed for all her life, and is terrified that people won t listen to her just because of her age I remember experiencing all of these things myself, and it s sad that the YA age range usually avoids dealing with these topics to favor storylines that areappealing to adults instead Pet also focuses a lot on family dynamics, both in Jam s own family Jam s relationships with her parents, Bitter and Aloe, is really developed, which is also uncommon in YA and in her friend Redemption s, in which Jam has been told hides a monster I loved the portrayal of Redemption s family, it s so uncommon to see extended families and polyamory representation Redemption s parents are a woman, a non binary person, and a man, but aunts and uncles are almost like parents to him too in books, but even families that look perfect can have their ugly sides And this is still a story with a happy ending, the best possible ending given the circumstances Just because it has an important message, it doesn t mean it has to be constantly painful.And then there s the relationship between Jam and Pet, the creature that came through Jam s mother s paining I loved what this book did with Pet, especially what Pet meant to Jam their complicated friendship, their disagreements abou how to pursue justice, and how Pet taught Jam to be brave and that sometimes discomfort is a positive thing view spoiler Also, I thought I had all the plot figured out AND THEN the plot twist involving Pet came around and wow was I completely ignoring half of it hide spoiler I hope Pet ends up reaching a lot of people I think most could get something useful from this A refreshing OwnVoices story offering a fresh, highly relevant take on the concept of angels and monsters, Pet proves that Akwaeke Emezi can write for younger audiences just as well as they can for adults Pet is, at its heart, a story about finding and eliminating evil, even or especially when that evil goes unnoticed by most Jam, a selectively nonverbal black trans girl, finds herself caught in a moral quandary when a terrifying creature climbs out of one of her mother s paintings and into t A refreshing OwnVoices story offering a fresh, highly relevant take on the concept of angels and monsters, Pet proves that Akwaeke Emezi can write for younger audiences just as well as they can for adults Pet is, at its heart, a story about finding and eliminating evil, even or especially when that evil goes unnoticed by most Jam, a selectively nonverbal black trans girl, finds herself caught in a moral quandary when a terrifying creature climbs out of one of her mother s paintings and into the real world This creature, who calls itself Pet, tells Jam that it has come to hunt a monster Jam is confused at first, because in the town of Lucille, all monsters the abusers, the corrupt billionaires, the racist police officers, the sexual predators, and so on have been eliminated There should be no monsters to hunt the mere existence of one means that the supposed safety of her home is a lie Evenupsetting is the fact that Pet says the monster resides in the house of Jam s best friend, Redemption How could there be a monster in such a happy household Should she tell Redemption about it And how do you hunt a monster when you don t even know what, or who, it is I did feel a little misled by this book s categorization It s listed as YA, but it felt very much on the young side of that age bracket Yes, the protagonist is sixteen, and there is some mention of mature topics like child abuse and rape, but the discussions tastefully avoid most details, and Jam herself feels pretty na ve for a teenager Some of that, I m sure, is a result of the safe and sterile society she lives in, but I couldn t help feeling that this novel would be better suited for a late middle grade reader.Now, don t take that the wrong way There were plenty of things I loved about this book For one, the diversity is spectacular, both in its inclusivity and in its handling of intersectional identities The fact that Jam is trans is not just casually dropped once and never mentioned again she has multiple moments where she realizes her estrogen implant feels cold, or when she thinks about how her life could have gone so differently if her parents hadn t allowed her to transition when she first insisted, at age three, that she was a girl, not a boy It isn t aggressively forced on the reader, nor is it a focal point of the book, but it is a facet of her character that isn t just there for token diversity points This is the kind of trans rep I want to seeof where trans characters can have stories that don t center around their gender identity, but that also don t ignore the ways that identity impacts them Racial identity is also dealt with exceptionally well Jam s parents speak English with distinct linguistic patterns that echo their immigrant status, and when they cook, they make traditional Caribbean dishes Again, Emezi is able to make sure that characters identities are not forgotten but also not exploited And there are casual allusions to other varied identities as well Redemption has three parents, all married to each other, one of whom is nonbinary and the librarian, Ube, is in a wheelchair Emezi s use of language is what really allows this tale to flourish The imagery is vivid without being excessively flowery, and Jam s thought process is introspective without feeling self indulgent All the characters voices come across distinctly, from Pet s tendency to use circular, repetitive language, to the dialects of Jam s parents, to Redemption s use of AAVE, to the distinctions Jam makes on when to sign her thoughts and when to voice them That final element, Jam s frequent use of sign language, brought an especially interesting element to the narrative, as she decided when and what was significant enough to necessitate the use of her voice aloud Sometimes, things got confusing Emezi did not have a good way to indicate the difference between Jam signing things and thinking them in her direct telepathic link to Pet so the use of italics made it a little vague as far as who was speaking That said, without using an outright different font to indicate thought communication, I don t know that they could have handled it any differently.Onepositive note Jam s relationships to everyone and everything around her are fascinating and fully realized, multi dimensional connections Her relationship with Redemption is seriously friendship goals, full of trust and the sort of instinctive understanding that comes with knowing a person for most of your life Jam s constant uncertainty on how much to involve him in the monster hunt, her acute awareness of how any of her choices could impact their friendship, felt incredibly real Similarly, her relationship with her parents, including their unconditional love for each other, how readily they accepted her being trans even as a child, their willingness to talk about anything and everything, and her guilt over not telling them about her ongoing hunt, is both pleasantly simple and surprisingly nuanced Jam s psychic connection with Pet, and their frequent disagreement, presents an interesting exercise in self awareness And the odd connection Jam feels with her house, able to sense when things are wrong simply through vibrations in the floorboards, is a nice touch that enhances her intense connection with and innate understanding of the world.However, I did get the feeling sometimes that this story was a rather predictable, parable like tale The plot was incredibly linear, none of it particularly surprising even the identity of the monster, while not necessarily expected, is still not unexpected As a narrative about the deceptive nature of evil and the blurred lines around who is truly bad and who is just misguided, about how even someone who seems so good can have dark secrets, it fulfills its function perfectly But for a novel of two hundred pages, it could stand to have a littlesubstance, or some plot twists along the way.As a whole, I highly recommend this read to anyone interested in OwnVoices representation, the difficulty of discerning right from wrong, and the nuances of relationships It is not a long read, nor is it perfect, but it is certainly impactful And, in a time when so much in this world is confusing and scary, where there are monsters at every turn and even in high political offices, it is a necessary reminder that we are the ones who need to take change into our own hands.TRIGGER CONTENT WARNINGS child abuse, rape, mention of racism and police brutality, graphic violence Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an eARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 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