Friday 1 April 2022

Yinka, Where Is Your Huzband by Lizzie Damilola Blackburn | Blog Tour Book Review

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Yinka, Where Is Your Huzband by Lizzie Damilola Blackburn
Star rating - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Publisher: Penguin Viking
Publication date: 31st March 2022

Yinka wants to find love. Her mum wants to find it for her.

She also has too many aunties who frequently pray for her delivery from singledom, a preference for chicken and chips over traditional Nigerian food, and a bum she's sure is far too small as a result. Oh, and the fact that she's a thirty-one-year-old South-Londoner who doesn't believe in sex before marriage is a bit of an obstacle too...

When her cousin gets engaged, Yinka commences 'Operation Find A Date for Rachel's Wedding'. Armed with a totally flawless, incredibly specific plan, will Yinka find herself a huzband?

What if the thing she really needs to find is herself?

Yinka is in her early thirties with no boyfriend. At her younger sisters baby shower, she is called out in front of all the guests, with her big Nigerian family praying that she will find a husband. This is a very funny book from the outset.

With her cousin Rachel's wedding day coming up in six months time, she makes a plan to have a date for the wedding. We discover that her ex-partner, and only boyfriend, left for New York which broke her heart. 

Yinka tries desperately to find a man that she connects with but she thinks that parts of herself aren't appealing and tries to change herself for men. What she really needs to do is be happy with who she is.

I loved Yinka and her family and friends and it was really interesting for me to read a book with this family dynamic. It all felt very real and some of the issues that Yinka felt about herself made me feel sad for her. I have heard about colourism and thoughts of skin lightening and it breaks my heart a little bit. All in all, a wonderful debut and I am excited for more by this author.


A massive thank you to Penguin Viking for having me on the blog tour. You can find the information about the other bloggers taking part in the tour in the graphic below.

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