ARC Review: House Of Yesterday

Overall Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thank you to Netgalley and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group for this eARC. This review is completely honest, and all thoughts on this are my own.

Release Date: 29 Nov 2022


“Taking inspiration from the author’s own Afghan-Uzbek heritage, this contemporary YA debut is a breathtaking journey into the grief that lingers through generations of immigrant families, and what it means to confront the ghosts of your past.

Struggling to deal with the pain of her parents’ impending divorce, fifteen-year-old Sara is facing a world of unknowns and uncertainties. Unfortunately, the one person she could always lean on when things got hard, her beloved Bibi Jan, has become a mere echo of the grandmother she once was. And so Sara retreats into the family business, hoping a summer working on her mom’s latest home renovation project will provide a distraction from her fracturing world.

But the house holds more than plaster and stone. It holds secrets that have her clinging desperately to the memories of her old life. Secrets that only her Bibi Jan could have untangled. Secrets Sara is powerless to ignore as the dark truths of her family’s history rise in ghostly apparitions—and with it, the realization that as much as she wants to hold onto her old life, nothing will ever be the same.

Told in lush, sweeping prose, this story of secrets, summer, and family sacrifice will chill you to the bone as the house that wraps Sara in warmth of her past becomes the one thing she cannot escape…”

I devoured this novel. I’m absolutely obsessed with the accurate desi representation!!! And! The gorgeous, page turning, writing. This story followed Sara, a 15 year old girl going through her parents divorce, and the struggles of growing up. The important messages in this story really struck me, and Sara’s perspective on the situation was incredibly well represented.

Her growth as a character was impressive as well, and it was set at an enjoyable pace that made sense with the book. She went from being a character that I started off despising, into someone who was learning, changing, and becoming understandable. I loved how her relationships were portrayed throughout the story, and how her complicated emotions led to unexpected, gripping, interactions.

Plot wise, I couldn’t stop reading. Well, I had to pause at times to just process everything that’d just happened (and rant about it to myself) because it was wonderfully done?! The story is gripping, and keeps you wanting more until the last page. It really brings “ghosts of the past” into an entirely new light, and the bittersweet ending was beautiful. It left me with a sense of warmth overall, but the hopelessness at some points was portrayed perfectly and truly made you think.

Ok. I adored the relationships in this, and they fit so well with the theme of things changing?!!! I love how accurate it was in how it showed that people change as they grow up, and since their circumstances change with them, they won’t be the same people. Even with people you’ve known forever, been with forever, it won’t be the same. It can drive some people apart, and bring others together. This was shown so strongly in the book, and it stunningly contributed to the messages and the storyline.

I fell in love with the synopsis and the GORGEOUS!! Cover art before I’d even read the novel, along with the fact that it’s by an Asian author and has DESI REP!! Which is always wonderful. Overall, I loved this book and would most definitely recommend it!!

Is this something you’d add to your TBR? First impressions? Other thoughts? Let’s chat in the comments!


7 thoughts on “ARC Review: House Of Yesterday

  1. OH MY GOSH AMAYA IM BASICALLY OBSESSED AND IN LOVE WITH THIS???? ITS FABULOUS AND PERFECT OK?? also the book SOUNDS THE BEST EVER,, and “accurate desi representation” WE NEED MORE OF THAT PLEASE?? pretty prose is ALWAYS A YES, and also all of it just sounds beautiful AND PHENOMENAL?? also bittersweet endings GIVE THEM ALL TO ME THANK YOU FOR THE FABULOUS REVIEW AND AM RUNNING TO READ THIS!!

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    1. AHH TYSM!! ❤
      YESS THE BOOK IS AMAZING AND I'M COMPLETELY OBSESSED?!! Accurate desi rep is way too scarce. We most definitely need to see that more in books (and general media) because it's so lovely?!! Pretty prose is the best, and it's so gorgeous I love it. I love bittersweet endings but they also kill me?!!! TY!!! And I hope you enjoy it!! ❤


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