Honey Girl (Paperback)
Grace Porter has recently graduated with her PhD in astronomy, searching to land a position in a highly competitive field with barriers stacked against her as a young, biracial woman. She's done everything she can to succeed while under the constant pressure of her military father to achieve. On vacation in Las Vegas with her friends, Grace awakens hungover in her hotel room with a ring, a gleaming photograph of her with her new wife, and the lingering aroma of sea salt and sage. In a leap of spontaneity, Grace travels to New York to meet this mysterious woman, hoping to find meaning in their connection and in her place in life.
Honey Girl is beautiful and raw, highlighting complexities in intersectionality, harm in expectations of perfection, and struggles with mental illness, loneliness, and dynamics in relationships. Rogers speaks to us through the experiences of a twenty-something fighting what many of us face; trying to discover what allows us to thrive and finding our own sense of self and belonging.— From Gina's Picks
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"HONEY GIRL is an emotional, heartfelt, charming debut, and I loved every moment of it."
-- Jasmine Guillory, New York Times bestselling author of The Proposal
When becoming an adult means learning to love yourself first.
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 parent'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 constant 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.