Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Book Review



Americanah is by far the best book that I’ve had the pleasure of reading this year. It follows a young Nigerian couple, Ifemelu and Obinze, through their experience as immigrants, Ifemelu in America and Obinze in Britain. Both of them grapple with the realities of racism, something that they hadn’t really thought about in Nigeria. When they both end up back in Nigeria years later, their lives are completely uprooted and overturned by their reunion. Modern, thought-provoking, funny at times and heartbreaking at others, Americanah has everything.

Adichie’s writing style creates a sense of intimacy between the reader and the characters, especially through Ifemelu’s WordPress blog posts. The reader feels as though they are right there with Ifemelu and Obinze, and the transitions between describing what had happened in the past and what is happening in the present allow the reader to go through all of their memories and emotions, building up an understanding of how they got to where they are in the present day.

The book explores a wide range of topics such as colorism, racism, xenophobia, prejudice, competition, dating, love, heartbreak, jealousy, mental health, cultural differences, and so much more, and it does so with astounding grace, honesty, and personality. Although Ifemelu is not a real person, each one of her blog posts feels like it was written not in a forced way by an author through the eyes of a character but by the character herself. The character development is one of the best parts about this book. It makes everything feel so much more authentic, and it takes no effort to connect with the characters, even if you do not or cannot understand their experiences.

If you are looking for a book that will make you feel pretty much every emotion possible, has a story spanning three continents and talking about the culture of each, and (for those of you who live in the Western world) make you really think critically about the American-centric and European-centric ideals around you, this is the book for you. If you have also read Americanah, please comment your thoughts, opinions, and feelings. I would love to hear how other people felt about this book. If you haven’t read it, put it on your list! It’s a must-read.

3 responses to “Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Book Review”

  1. Pooja G Avatar

    I really enjoyed this book a lot. It was well written and explored some interesting topics.

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    1. lblooom Avatar

      Agreed! Thanks for stopping by my blog

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Pooja G Avatar

        My pleasure!

        Liked by 1 person

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