Audiobook Review: Yerba Buena

Posted June 24, 2022 by geograph in adult, audiobook, contemporary / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Audiobook Review: Yerba BuenaYerba Buena by Nina LaCour
Published by Flatiron Books on May 31, 2022
Genres: Fiction / LGBTQ+ / Lesbian, Fiction / Literary, Fiction / Romance / LGBTQ+ / Lesbian
Pages: 304
Format: ARC, Audiobook
Source: Netgalley

A Most Anticipated Book (Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, The Washington Post, Vulture, NBC News, Good Housekeeping, Electric Lit, BookRiot, Bustle, Goodreads, LGBTQ Reads, Autostraddle, and more)

"A love story for our time." --Tara Conklin, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Romantics

This book is a precious thing. --Casey McQuiston, New York Times bestselling author of One Last Stop

The debut adult novel by the bestselling and award-winning YA author Nina LaCour, following two women on a star-crossed journey toward each other

When Sara Foster runs away from home at sixteen, she leaves behind the girl she once was, capable of trust and intimacy. Years later, in Los Angeles, she is a sought-after bartender, renowned as much for her brilliant cocktails as for the mystery that clings to her. Across the city, Emilie Dubois is in a holding pattern, yearning for the beauty and community her Creole grandparents cultivated but unable to commit. On a whim, she takes a job arranging flowers at the glamorous restaurant Yerba Buena and embarks on an affair with the married owner.

The morning Emilie and Sara first meet at Yerba Buena, their connection is immediate. But the damage both women carry, and the choices they have made, pulls them apart again and again. When Sara's old life catches up to her, upending everything she thought she wanted just as Emilie has finally gained her own sense of purpose, they must decide if their love is more powerful than their pasts.

At once exquisite and expansive, astonishing in its humanity and heart, Yerba Buena is a love story for our time and a propulsive journey through the lives of two women trying to find somewhere, or someone, to call home.

I uhhhhh did not really enjoy this book, which I read on audiobook with a great narrator. I felt like I had no idea what was going on at any point in time, and that there was a lot of inner thoughts — which I think was the strength of my favorite Nina LaCour book, We Are Okay, but that was easy to follow because it all took place in the same place, whereas this book has like, a Plot and Things Are Happening while the main characters think deep thoughts about everything that’s ever happened to them. Three stars.

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