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.
I’ll be honest, I wasn’t quite sure what to make of Asha Bromfield’s Hurricane Summer, it’s not something neat or easy, but the value of a piece goes beyond that, beyond easy. I found it to be deeply truthful and emotionally authentic and it’s clear that Bromfield toiled over it. Her writing is descriptive and vivid, full in a way that not many debuts are.
There is a sizable amount of triggering content, not for me specifically, but depictions that people do make note of to share with other readers, so before reading Hurricane Summer, please seek them out, here is a list in a trigger warning database. I found most of these instances to serve Bromfield’s central theme and narrative trajectory, and I’m in no place to judge how others choose to explore trauma, though at one point, I thought the emotional impact of one of these events could have been expanded upon to the benefit of the book overall.
But other than that, the characters are well built and shaped, dynamic and different, flawed above all else. Be ready to be frustrated with more than a few of them. Overall, an impressive debut from a writer that’s brimming with promise. And as always, I can picture this story adapted to the screen quite easily, especially as an opportunity for an up and coming Afro-Jamaican female director and writer.
Asha Bromfield is an actress, singer, and writer of Afro-Jamaican descent. She is known for her role as Melody Jones, drummer of Josie and the Pussycats in CW’s Riverdale. She also stars as Zadie Wells in Netflix’s hit show, Locke and Key. Asha is a proud ambassador for the Dove Self-Esteem Project, and she currently lives in Toronto where she is pursuing a degree in Communications. In her spare time, she loves studying astrology, wearing crystals, burning sage, and baking vegan desserts. Hurricane Summer is her debut novel.
Excerpt for Chapter 2 of Hurricane Summer below!