Yerba Buena audiobook review

Yerba buena
Yerba Buena by Nina LaCour
304 pages
published May 31st, 2022

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 not only the losses that have shattered her world but 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. In her sixth year and fifth major as an undergraduate, she yearns for the beauty and community her Creole grandparents cultivated but is 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.

When Sara catches sight of Emilie one morning 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 finding their way in the world.

A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books.

“Yerba Buena is not just a book to read; it’s a story to revel in, so full is it of sensual pleasures—food and flowers, cocktails and home decor—all of it enveloping a sexy, magnetic and unputdownable love story of two young women fighting their way past family demons and toward each other. This is Nina LaCour’s best work yet.”—Gayle Forman, #1 New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay and We Are Inevitable

“Yerba Buena tells two lovely, tangled, gorgeously-detailed coming-of-age stories. It is a novel full of heartbreak and hope, food and flowers, complication and compromise, love and loss and lessons learned the hard way. But especially love.”—Laurie Frankel, New York Times bestselling author of One Two Three and This Is How It Always Is

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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