28 Days of Black Authors ~Day 17

Liara Tamani

YA is rife with coming-of-age books, so it’s always nice to find a book that casts the same narrative in a new light. Liara Tamani’s debut novel Calling My Name is that book.

It tells the story of Taja Brown, from middle school to senior year, as she struggles with who God is, who she is, and who she wants to be.  Navigating death, love, and friendship Taja looks at the world with fresh eyes and Ms. Tamani writes her observations with fresh prose. It flows like poetry and evokes vivid imagery, yet stays casual enough to feel as if we’re really in the mind of a regular girl.

I can’t wait to read more from Liara Tamani in the future and whole-heartedly recommend Calling My Name.

Stay fly,



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