A Young Adult novel by Louisa Onomé, Twice As Perfect follows a Nigerian Canadian girl dealing with an estranged older brother, helping her cousin plan a huge Nigerian wedding, and pressure from her parents about her future.
The only things worth doing are those that will lead to success.
For seventeen-year-old Adanna Nkwachi, life is all about duty: to school and the debate team, to her Nigerian parents, and even to her cousin Genny as Ada helps prepare Genny’s wedding to Afrobeats superstar Skeleboy (“Skeleboy me, Skeleboy this money, everything na Skeleboy…that Skeleboy!”). Because ever since her older brother, Sam, had a fight with their parents a few years ago and disappeared, somebody has to fill the void he left behind. Ada may never know what caused Sam to leave home, but the one thing she’s certain of is that it’s on her to make sure her parents’ sacrifices aren’t in vain.
One day, chance brings the siblings back together. Although she fears how their parents will react if they find out she and Sam are back in touch, Ada’s determined to get answers about the night Sam left—Sam, who was supposed to be an engineer but is now, what, a poet? The more she learns about Sam’s poetry, the more Ada begins to wonder if maybe her own happiness is just as important as doing what’s expected of her. Amid parental pressure, anxiety over the debate competition, a complicated love life, and the Nigerian wedding-to-end-all-weddings, can Ada learn, just this once, to put herself first?
Seventeen year old Adanna Nkwachi has had her future planned since she entered high school: get into law school to become lawyer–it’s what she’s good at. Now in her senior year of high school, with everything set for herself and a goal in mind, nothing will sway her decision… that is until she discovers that her long-lost brother who she’d been told had run away from home is performing in town at a poetry show.
As Ada learns more from everything her brother’s been doing and grapples with some truths, she’ll have to decide if becoming a lawyer is truly what she wants, or if it’s her parents wishes making her want it.
This was a pretty decent read! Although I mainly wanted to get it over with because I was bored, the story itself was interesting.
I do really like the message it was sending, and lots of issues here were very much a mood. I think I may have gone through an existential crisis or two.
I found myself understanding how Ada was feeling and I’m really glad with the decision she made about her love life, because otherwise I would’ve been annoyed💀 I must admit though, Ada as well as all the other side characters… I didn’t really feel much towards them, they were just there as characters.
minus tayo because my god the hatred i had towards this shallow guy I will say though that the poetry aspects in this book were pretty neat!
Overall, other than being bored for majority of the book and the ending being a bit underwhelming, this was a pretty alright story.
Thank you Harper Collins CA for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!!