Speak No Evil

Speak No Evil

A Novel

Book - 2018
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On the surface, Niru leads a charmed life. Raised by two attentive parents in Washington, D.C., he's a top student and a track star at his prestigious private high school. Bound for Harvard in the fall, his prospects are bright. But Niru has a painful secret: he is queer--an abominable sin to his conservative Nigerian parents. No one knows except Meredith, his best friend, the daughter of prominent Washington insiders--and the one person who seems not to judge him. When his father accidentally discovers Niru is gay, the fallout is brutal and swift. Coping with troubles of her own, however, Meredith finds that she has little left emotionally to offer him. As the two friends struggle to reconcile their desires against the expectations and institutions that seek to define them, they find themselves speeding toward a future more violent and senseless than they can imagine. Neither will escape unscathed.--from dust jacket.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780061284922
Characteristics: 214 pages ; 24 cm


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Jul 11, 2018

Couldn't put it down! Check out the author's very short video about the book here:


Jul 10, 2018

Niru and Meredith's relationship allows readers to see how two people from very different backgrounds can still have respect, admiration and understanding for one another. Both characters are grappling with self-conflict as well as family discord. Though, the friendship hits a bump in the road the pair are drawn to each other for reassurance. The story speaks of family expectations, friendship, acceptance, rejection, sexuality and racial profiling. The author gives us an unexpected surprise that is tragic but familiar in our social climate.

Jun 26, 2018

At first I thought this was another YA teen angst, boy discovering sexuality, girl in love with someone who can't love her back story, which it is, but it comes with a very big punch to the breadbasket. What follows is a disjointed accounting of the aftermath that is a reflection of the effects the incident has taken on Meredith. There are a lot of ananswered questions but although my curiousity is not satisfied the impact on my emotions is just what I believe the author intended. Very well done.

ArapahoeAnnaL Apr 27, 2018

A moving, tragic story of pride and love both forbidden and unrequited love. A quick read that packs a punch and speaks to issues regarding homophobia, racial profiling, the over-riding need to protect social status, and generational differences. An emotional sad story and an enlightening journey.

Apr 25, 2018

Harvard-bound, Niru is the son of Nigerian immigrants with high expectations and strict religious values. When they discover that he had plans to meet up with another boy even though he didn't go through with it, it causes a lot of problems for him at home. This tension between Niru and his parents forms the crux of the novel, but there is also his friendship with Meredith, who downloaded the app that led to the meet-up that didn't happen.

This was another 3-1/2 star book for me. There was something that just didn't connect for me. I wanted more of something. I'm sorry that I can't be more specific. I wanted to get deeper into Niru maybe?


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