Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, tells the story of a Nigerian woman, Ifemelu, who left her country for America. She goes through several tormenting years of hardship before graduating from university. She starts a blog to voice her opinions about race in America titled “Raceteenth or Various Observations about American Blacks by a Non-­American Black.”

Always in her thoughts is Obinze, her high school boyfriend who overstays his visa and takes illegal jobs in London and is soon deported. Ifemelu and Obinze represent a kind of immigrant dissatisfaction. Both aren’t running from poverty but the overbearing tiredness of not having freedom.

It’s an unfamiliar love story. I casually pick out new books to read, I had no idea it would be this good. Later, everyone had started talking about how great it is, it had a lot of hype to live up to. The book sets the record straight and gives an aspect at what it means to be black in America. Along with the theme of race, it trails a theme of true love.

I loved reading the blogposts and conversations her friends would have about her blog. Ifemelu was also lucky in love, she dated guys who brought out the best in her but something was definitely wrong, none of them was Obinze.

I also hear there’s going to be a movie. I could picture Blaine and Curt while reading… But I can’t predict who will be cast for the roles. It’s so exciting. The details in the book make it hard not to fall in love with the characters. Greatest love story ever.