Today I'd like to share my blog tour post for By Any Means Necessary by Candice Montgomery, out October 8th from Page Street Kids. Follow along here to read reviews and guest posts from other bloggers!
The Book and its Author
On the day Torrey officially becomes a college freshman, he gets a call that might force him to drop out before he’s even made it through orientation: the bee farm his beloved uncle Miles left him after his tragic death is being foreclosed on.
Torrey would love nothing more than to leave behind the family and neighborhood that’s bleeding him dry. But he still feels compelled to care for the project of his uncle’s heart. As the farm heads for auction, Torrey precariously balances choosing a major and texting Gabriel—the first boy he ever kissed—with the fight to stop his uncle’s legacy from being demolished. But as notice letters pile up and lawyers appear at his dorm, dividing himself between family and future becomes impossible unless he sacrifices a part of himself.
Candice “Cam” Montgomery is an LA transplant now living in the woods of Seattle, where she writes Young Adult novels. Her debut novel, HOME AND AWAY can be found online and in stores now, and her sophomore novel, BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY will be released October of 2019. By day, Cam writes about Black teens across all their intersections. By night, she bartends at a tiny place nestled inside one of Washington’s greenest trees. She is an avid Studio Ghibli fan and will make you watch at least one episode of Sailor Moon and listen to one Beyoncé record before she’ll call you “friend.”
Thank you to Page Street Kids and The Fantastic Flying Book Club for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest review.
By Any Means Necessary has a super interesting premise, a great cast of characters, and tackles complex social issues in a thoughtful way. For that, I commend Montgomery on this novel. However, several elements of the execution have lowered my opinion and rating of the book.
The… not so good:
i had a lot of mixed feelings about By Any Means Necessary, but I think it’s a case of “it’s me, not you.” I know this book is perfect for someone, but it just wasn’t me. A lot of my grievances are nitpicks, so I’m rating it 3/5 stars.
Hey, I'm Shreya! I love to read, write, travel, and drink coffee.