Do you remember the frenemy cycle with your friends? The frenemy cycle includes, having a fight with your friend, not talking to them after that, plotting against them and finally becoming besties again.
When Life Gives You Mangoes by Kerren Getten reminded me of the frenemy cycle. Clara and her friends live in Sycamore, Jamaica. Clara doesn’t remember anything from last Summer when the hurricane hit their seaside town. Her best friend, Gaynah starts acting weird, aloof and shares Clara’s secrets with others. The behavior of Gaynah makes Clara angry. Clara gets into fights with Gaynah which disappoints her parents. The only pleasant thing in Clara’s life is that a new girl comes from New York and becomes Clara’s friend.
This novel seemed simple in the beginning filled with childhood tiffs, role playing games and stealing stuff from other’s garden. As we approach the end, I learned that this novel has a deeper message. This novel is suitable for youngsters who have trouble dealing with unexpected and uncontrollable situations in their lives.
Thank you to @netgalley and @pushkin_press for the ARC.