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Book Review: American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

Happy Publication Day! A huge, HUGE, thank you to Headline Books for my advance copy of American Dirt. I have been dying to get my hands on this one.

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

BUG Rating: 5/5

Overall: No review will do this justice, but I’ll start by saying (and it’s not often that I say this)… YES, the hype is REAL! You HAVE to read this book. Despite having finished this a few books ago now, I still can’t stop thinking about American Dirt, and Lydia and Luca’s journey of survival. Definitely a sign of an amazing book!

I have no doubt this will be one of the top books of 2020! What a FANTASTIC book. Upon opening the first page, I immediately fell in love with Cummins’ writing style. And then there is the story itself… What a story! 

My heart was racing as Lydia and her young son Luca fled from everything they’d known. It’s a suspenseful, compelling and utterly heartbreaking read – be warned. The book was full of twists and turns that kept me completely absorbed in the story. What I also loved, was how Cummins weaved in other subplots throughout the book- for example, that of other migrants on similar journeys to Lydia/Luca, with their own horrific stories. A great book that I highly recommend- especially if you loved the Beekeeper of Aleppo! 

Also, don’t skip the author’s note, it provided great insight into Cummins’ inspiration for this book.

There’s not safest route far as I can tell […] you just gotta run like hell.

Plot:

Lydia Quixano Perez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And while there are cracks beginning to show in Acapulco because of the drug cartels, her life is, by and large, fairly comfortable.

Even though she knows they’ll never sell, Lydia stocks some of her all-time favorite books in her store. And then one day a man enters the shop to browse and comes up to the register with four books he would like to buy–two of them her favorites. Javier is erudite. He is charming. And, unbeknownst to Lydia, he is the jefe of the newest drug cartel that has gruesomely taken over the city. When Lydia’s husband’s tell-all profile of Javier is published, none of their lives will ever be the same.

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