When a classic Virgo gets spontaneously married, she starts reexamining her life—and what it is she truly wants.
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Author, In a Holidaze
When you crack open Morgan Roger’s Honey Girl, the first thing you’ll notice is the power of her voice. Evocative, playful, inventive—this debut novel sings. And while Honey Girl lured us in with the powerhouse writing and an addictive married-in-Vegas trope, it was the story of Grace Porter tumbling into adulthood and learning to find herself that kept us turning the page.
Queer and Black in a world that expects her to be twice as good as everyone else just to get by, Grace has never had a lazy day in her life. With her PhD finally in hand, it’s time for all that hard work to pay off—just like she’d planned. But when Grace gets drunk, marries a girl she just met, and doesn’t get the job for which she’d been recommended, she registers that she needs to take space to breathe and pick herself back up. It’s these moments of stark self-awareness, combined with Roger’s visual and emotive storytelling, that provide the oomph in this story, and its most heartfelt throughline: that life doesn’t always go to plan, and that’s okay.
Honey Girl is about the journey of growing up, the importance of prioritizing mental health, and the beauty of found family. This debut speaks to the girl inside all of us who wants to be perfect, and—through bare-knuckled grit and hard-won perspective—realizes that, flaws and all, she is.
With her newly completed PhD in astronomy in hand, twenty-eight-year-old Grace Porter goes on a girls’ trip to Vegas to celebrate. She’s a straight A, work-through-the-summer certified high achiever. She is not the kind of person who goes to Vegas and gets drunkenly married to a woman whose name she doesn’t know…until she does exactly that.
This one moment of departure from her stern ex-military father’s plans for her life has Grace wondering why she doesn’t feel more fulfilled from completing her degree. Staggering under the weight of her father’s expectations, a struggling job market and feelings of burnout, Grace flees her home in Portland for a summer in New York with the wife she barely knows.
In New York, she’s able to ignore all the annoying questions about her future plans and falls hard for her creative and beautiful wife, Yuki Yamamoto. But when reality comes crashing in, Grace must face what she’s been running from all along—the fears that make us human, the family scars that need to heal and the longing for connection, especially when navigating the messiness of adulthood.
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I cried multiple times with this one. I wanted to learn more about every character and I connected with being in my late 20’s-early 30’s and feeling stuck, lost, and unsure of your place in the world.
Loved this book! It was nice to revisit the feeling of infatuation when getting to know someone new, and the awkwardness of modern dat— marriage! I loved learning about Grace and Yuki’s interests, too
Woodland , CA
Very slow burn, it took me about 5 times to get past the first 30 pages. But once I did… WOW! Great representation throughout of various POCs & queer people. Loved that MC was a fellow Virgo queen!????
I love queer romances, and I love multiracial love stories - particularly because that’s my life and representation matters. What I loved even more was a relationship between two NON white characters!
I expected this to be a romance, but it’s more a coming-of-age that starts with a love story. The writing is poetic and has a YA feel. I loved the creative choices that added literary depth. CW apply.
I really enjoyed this book. I related to Grace so much and I have thought about this book every day since I’ve read it. I loved the conversations surrounding expectations and perfectionism. 5/5 stars!
This book took me much longer to get through than I expected, but I’m so glad I took my time with it. The story and characters were beautifully written and it felt so real, and made me feel less alone
I absolutely LOVED this book! On top of being a beautifully written love story, the lgbtq+ and bipoc rep is immaculate. It’s relatable without being pandering, which is hard to do. Highly recommend.
Once i started reading this book i couldn’t put it down! The story resonated with me on multiple levels and Grace’s journey through her mental health and the unknown was refreshing and comforting.
A beautifully written story about a girl who is trying to find herself. Grace is flawed and so are her relationships but they care deeply for each other. Can’t say enough good things about this book.
Such a beautifully written book. The characters were dynamic, interesting, and believable. I loved reading about Grace’s “found” family. It was a love story with substance, which are my favorite.
This book was everything I didn’t know I needed. I felt seen, I felt challenged. I loved the lyrical flow of the narration. It was an emotionally tough read, and I had to take my time. But I loved it
San Diego, CA
Absolutely wonderful coming of age story. Grace Porter has done everything by the book - she graduates with her phd and does a crazy thing - gets drunk married in Vegas. This is the story of the after
Don't know if I can write all my feelings about this book in 200 characters, but I'll do my best. The prose is moving and lyrical. The romance is sweet and real. You feel everything the characters do.
Toms River, NJ
Read in a day! Watching Grace approach 30, fall in love, go off plan, and unpack/address her issues was compelling and gave a fellow millennial hope. Each character introduced deserves their own book.
not as much of a romance as you’d think, but a coming-of-age story for a 20something and a perfect one. i cried on the subway multiple times because i just felt so SEEN by this book. love love love
I adored the space and star dust aspects of this book. Beautiful, universal questions about our place in the universe. Gloriously healthy friendships throughout too. Also, guilt rep and job questions.
This book is so much better than the description would have you believe. Very real and complex characters going through very real things. I have not stopped thinking about this book since I closed it.
I absolutely loved this book. I could relate to Grace, with her wanting to be perfect and have a plan for everything. Her relationship with Yuki was absolutely beautiful and I love that it worked out.
What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay there. This book exemplifies why I love reading. These gloriously diverse characters come together with love and support, they’re realistic and they grow.