Pet by Akwaeke Emezi, A book that feels like a warm hug.

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Title: Pet

Author: Akwaeke Emezi 

Publisher: Faber & Faber

Publication Year: 2019

Genre: Magic Realism & Young Adult Fiction


Pet is here to hunt a monster. Are you brave enough to look?

There are no more monsters anymore, or so the children in the city of Lucille are taught. With doting parents and a best friend named Redemption, Jam has grown up with this lesson all her life. But when she meets Pet, a creature made of horns and colours and claws, who emerges from one of her mother’s paintings and a drop of Jam’s blood, she must reconsider what she’s been told.

Pet has come to hunt a monster, and the shadow of something grim lurks in Redemption’s house. Jam must fight not only to protect her best friend, but also to uncover the truth, and the answer to the question-How do you save the world from monsters if no one will admit they exist?


A book that feels like a warm hug.

A world that just accepts things as is, is the kind of world I wish I lived in. Pet brought this to life. I loved how Pet is a book about monsters because the thing about monsters is they look like me or you. Jam and Redemptions families are so precious, the story within the pages of Pet is a marvellous one, one that covers so many important themes, handled with the right kind of care, one that makes you want to be good and be your neighbour’s keeper.

Reading the paperback was like reliving my childhood, because the smell of the pages, took me back to happier times in my early reading years. Have you read Pet? Did you enjoy it…let’s gush together about it. If you haven’t read it add it to the top of your list, I doubt you’ll regret it.

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