Book Review: Green Eyes and Ham

Posted September 9, 2022 by geograph in achillean, contemporary, middle grade, queer, review / 0 Comments

Green Eyes and Ham by Mary Penney
448 pages
published June 7th, 2022

Acceptance, understanding, and hope shine through in this heartfelt coming of age story by Eleven and Holding author Mary Penney, perfect for fans of Lindsey Stoddard and Lisa Graff.

After a lifetime of being homeschooled, Ham Hudson is hoping that a new year in a new school will help make him a whole new Ham. Instead, he’s saddled with an archnemesis to avoid, a confusing and exhausting social sphere to navigate, and a whole host of insecurities to add to his old ones.

But then Ham meets Micah. Sympathetic and effortlessly cool, Micah quickly becomes a lifeline in a strange world. Ham wants Micah to think he belongs—to want him around as much as Ham wants to be around him.

The more that Ham tries to fit in, the less he recognizes himself. When things start to unravel, Ham has to decide—is fitting in worth changing who he wants to be?

this book has Wild Morality and has things that just wouldn’t happen in schools. there are a lot of typos and also ham gets shushed in a library. also ham is very dumb as a main character which is fine in a middle grade novel but Future Ham keeps being like And then I Made A Stupid Decision. We know, Future Ham!!!! Love to see more queer middle grade but there’s better stuff out there. Three stars.

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