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Publisher's Summary

"Author and narrator Asha Bromfield offers an engrossing performance of this coming-of-age audiobook. Bromfield's experience as an actress and her ease with Jamaican Patois will draw listeners into a story that has multiple levels of emotional intensity." (AudioFile Magazine)

This program is read by the author, and includes a bonus conversation between the author and Tiffany D. Jackson.

In this sweeping debut, Asha Bromfield takes listeners to the heart of Jamaica, and into the soul of a girl coming to terms with her family, and herself, set against the backdrop of a hurricane.

Tilla has spent her entire life trying to make her father love her. But every six months, he leaves their family and returns to his true home: the island of Jamaica.

When Tilla’s mother tells her she’ll be spending the summer on the island, Tilla dreads the idea of seeing him again, but longs to discover what life in Jamaica has always held for him.

In an unexpected turn of events, Tilla is forced to face the storm that unravels in her own life as she learns about the dark secrets that lie beyond the veil of paradise - all in the midst of an impending hurricane.

Hurricane Summer is a powerful coming of age story that deals with colorism, classism, young love, the father-daughter dynamic - and what it means to discover your own voice in the center of complete destruction.

A Macmillan Audio production from Wednesday Books

"This is an excellent examination of the ways wealth, gender, and color can shape and at times create mental and emotional fractures. Verdict: A great title for public and high school libraries looking for books that offer a ­nuanced look at patriarchy, wealth, and gender dynamics." (School Library Journal starred review)

"Bromfield may have made a name for herself for her role on Riverdale, but with this debut, about a volatile father-daughter relationship and discovering the ugly truths hidden beneath even the most beautiful facades, she is establishing herself as a promising writer...this is a must." (Booklist starred review)

©2021 Asha Bromfield (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

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Wonderful story

I found it a bit slow at first, which is typical setting up scenes and characters, but later I couldn’t stop listening and soon I found myself tearing up later in the book. Being of Jamaican descent myself, I related to the characters and the descriptions of the most beautiful island. I would recommend this book.

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I can’t with this stupid Black girl character

Pro: Listening to the story being read by the author, is great because she does a lot of the accents. The author does vivid descriptions.

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One thing I will say is that I will never live in Jamaica as a woman due to the misogyny this book has brought out. I hate that she never has a voice, even when her mother asks her. I hate that she says, “I don’t know” when she knows full well what is going on.

It’s not about understanding culture. It’s just a stupid main character that is bold 1 minute then a cowering, bumbling fool when boldness is necessary.

What girl:
1. Let’s her Aunt call her a slut almost daily, and constantly tells her mom she’s having a good time.
2. Chases after the girls who are bullying/verbally abusing her daily, and plays into their mean games.
3. Constantly puts herself in situations to be alone with these super sexually aggressive boys, then act shocked when they act on it. Seriously, what did you think would happen if you wander off in the dead of night looking for a damn boy? 😤

The shear stupidity of her never learning from ANY of her dumb decisions is annoying. And if the book is about sex shaming, it’s totally lost on all the stuff above. And truth be told, she was “being a slut” always chasing after the boy who’s taken, and letting the guy she doesn’t want grope her whenever he calls her to come “be alone” with him. Like are we just letting any boy who says you’re pretty, have their way with you? 🙄🙄

I can’t feel sorry for stupid, horny decisions. 😑

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Hurt People, hurt people 😢

This book annoyed the hell outta me. . . In a good way 😏

Tilla’s so called family is so hateful and disrespectful … the lies, the secrets, the hateful way her Jamaican family treats her because she is “foreigner” (from Canada).

It’s all because they are jealous of her and the fortunate circumstances she comes from when in fact her clothes from Walmart are nothing to be impressed with.

The colorism she witnesses in Jamaica is deplorable 😡. The way her father lies to her and shirks his responsibilities in taking care of Tilla and her sister Mia is downright unbelievable 🙄😠.

Everyone in her father’s country treats her like shit and yet Tilla refuses to tell her mother and return home where she is safe. Tilla’s mom is just as dumb for sending her down there.

But I also can’t excuse the dumbass decisions Tilla makes thus making her time in Jamaica even worse. She is so trusting even though everything around her tells her not to be.

Overall this book pissed me off but it was also so engaging I had to keep reading to find out the end.

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Difficult character

While I loved the imagery that the author relayed of Jamaica’s pits and peaks, I didn’t care for the main character at all. She came off as really selfish . Her whole “Hurricane Summer” was a result of making bad choices after bad choices and then blaming everyone else for her decisions. Till the very end it was really hard to feel empathy with Tilla and her self involved mentality…..

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Amazing Performance by the Author!!

As a Canadian with Jamaican parents (country and city) I really appreciated this book.

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AMAZING

I loved this book. I finished it in a day it was so good.

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The Hurricane

My favourite form of reading is a physical book, and this was my first time listening to a book. Miss Asha you did an amassing job. I was captivated all the way through.

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Aspiring

There are so many jewels and lessons to be learned in this amazing book! I could not have started the summer with a better book than this one! I absolutely loved it and highly recommend it. AMAZING story and narration!

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So beautifully written

Such a moving story and so Asha has a true gift with words. It is kind of a coming of age story but great for any age. And such a great audiobook as it’s hard to capture the Jamaican patois unless you speak it yourself

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This book is amazing

Such an awesome book. Once I started listening to this book, I couldn’t stop. Everything about it was great.