The November Girl by Lydia Kang

The November Girl

**A November Goodreads Best Book of the Month!**I am Anda, and the lake is my mother. I am the November storms that terrify sailors and sink ships. With their deaths, I keep my little island on Lake Superior alive.Hector has come here to hide from his family until he turns eighteen. Isle Royale is shut down for the winter, and there's no one here but me. And now him.Hector...

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The November Girl Reviews

  • Brenda Drake

    An intense and beautifully written romance that had me bracing myself until the final page. Innocently dangerous Anda and wounded Hector tugged at my heart so hard that their journey left me breathless. Through both Anda's struggle not to give into her nature, Hector's need for love, and the desire they both had to care for one another, I couldn't help but root for this couple. They were just so sweet together. Swoon! With her deep imagination and lovely prose, Kang weaves a touching story with

    An intense and beautifully written romance that had me bracing myself until the final page. Innocently dangerous Anda and wounded Hector tugged at my heart so hard that their journey left me breathless. Through both Anda's struggle not to give into her nature, Hector's need for love, and the desire they both had to care for one another, I couldn't help but root for this couple. They were just so sweet together. Swoon! With her deep imagination and lovely prose, Kang weaves a touching story with so much heart and warmth we're able to weather a stormy November.

  • julianna ➹

    Uhhhhhhhhh this book definitely isn't for everyone. I have many feelings about this book. I'm not sure of where to stand on whether I really liked this book or whether... this book didn't appeal to me as much as I expected.

    That doesn't mean that it's bad! I'm sure a lot of people will be in love with the mystical concept and atmospheric writing, but of course this book definitely won't appeal to.. a lot of people. I enjoyed this book, but also I was debating whether to give it three or four sta

    Uhhhhhhhhh this book definitely isn't for everyone. I have many feelings about this book. I'm not sure of where to stand on whether I really liked this book or whether... this book didn't appeal to me as much as I expected.

    That doesn't mean that it's bad! I'm sure a lot of people will be in love with the mystical concept and atmospheric writing, but of course this book definitely won't appeal to.. a lot of people. I enjoyed this book, but also I was debating whether to give it three or four stars. (And noooo I will never use half-stars in my life.)

    It was prose-like and gave wonderful descriptions of everything, and I was really transported into this story. I would love to read more of Lydia Kang's writing! However, it would be great if there was more action.

    I feel like this is one of those slice-of-life stories where you kind of just... watch them as they go about their lives. It was interesting enough to keep me engaged, but I feel that it wasn't exactly... completely action-ridden. There really wasn't any action except for the romance, I suppose? Which I was mostly fine with! I enjoy romance, but I really like it when there are other plots involved.

    Anda is the daughter of a lake and a human. At the start of the book, she isn't really in touch with her emotions and her "human side" but as she meets Hector, she starts to develop romantic feelings for him. And as she starts to develop these romantic feelings, she starts "becoming more human." For example, she starts getting hunger; before, she didn't have the need to eat.

    The concept of this book was actually fantastically done! I just feel that the plot moved extremely slow and built everything really carefully.

    Honestly? I feel like this romance... was mediocre. I wasn't screaming at the pages for them to finally be together or anything, but the romance didn't bother me. Tbh I feel like I would've been totally content if they had only remained platonic friends.

    It's not my favorite, but it will definitely appeal to a certain reader and not some others.

  • Jenea Whittington

    The November Girl is one those books that while your reading it, you’re enthralled. So many things are going on, so many questions about the characters that you want answers for, that you kept reading and before you know it you are at the last page. But after I was done, I wasn’t sure at fist how I felt about it, but the more I thought about and when I sat down to write this review, I realized just how much I really did enjoy it.

    Anda is a witch of sorts, she is half human, half witch. And she is

    The November Girl is one those books that while your reading it, you’re enthralled. So many things are going on, so many questions about the characters that you want answers for, that you kept reading and before you know it you are at the last page. But after I was done, I wasn’t sure at fist how I felt about it, but the more I thought about and when I sat down to write this review, I realized just how much I really did enjoy it.

    Anda is a witch of sorts, she is half human, half witch. And she is the cause of the storms that takes the lives of sailors every November, basically she feeds of of chaos. For this reason, she stays away from most people other than her father, but when she see this mysterious boy who can actually see her something changed within her. Hector reaches into her human side, which is something she has never done before. And Hector finally feels that someone can love him, but the secrets that both of them have, is going to be a big obstacle to overcome.

    I found that both Anda and Hector were both likable characters, but I had a hard time connecting to them at first. Not sure why, they seemed so guarded, which I did understand because their situations. The pain they both carry from their lives was evident and it was emotional, and disheartening. Kang did a wonderful job handling some of the sensitive issues that were raised and for that I was happy. Their slow building romance was sweet, and they began to get to know each more and more we also get to learn things from their lives that have brought this very place.

    The concept behind this was interesting, Anda was half human, and her mother being the lake, and I wanted to know everything there was to know about Anda. The pacing of the story fluctuated a little here and there, which wasn’t an issues for me at all. There was plenty of things going on to keep my interests, and the ending was nicely done.

    All in all, I enjoyed this a lot, it was dark and beautiful and I would certainly recommend this for those who enjoy a young adult paranormal romance.

  • Rachel Lightwood

    • I honestly adored the premise. The magical elements were so unique. I don't think I have ever read anything remotely similar.

    • The romance was... weird. I still don't know how I feel about it exactly.

    • Kang has such atmospheric writing. I genuinely felt like I was there on the island with the characters.

    • Lots of sensitive topics were handled. Again, I'm not sure how I feel about them. If anyone knows a reviewer that talked about the self-harm or child abuse representation, link me up pls.

    • I honestly adored the premise. The magical elements were so unique. I don't think I have ever read anything remotely similar.

    • The romance was... weird. I still don't know how I feel about it exactly.

    • Kang has such atmospheric writing. I genuinely felt like I was there on the island with the characters.

    • Lots of sensitive topics were handled. Again, I'm not sure how I feel about them. If anyone knows a reviewer that talked about the self-harm or child abuse representation, link me up pls.

    • It was definitely an engaging story. I never wanted to put it down.

    • The ending was oddly satisfying. It suited the story.

    • It was just missing... something. I don't know what.

    Full review to come.

  • Sara

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    What starts as an unusual romance develops into something wild and untamed in this unique tale of a girl, a boy, and the November storms. Hector is running from his home life, ending up on the deserted Isle Royale, when he meets Anda - born of the lake and the maker of November storms. Known as the November Witch, she's more inhuman than mortal. But Hector's made from violence too, and somehow the two collide - but Anda cannot hide

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    What starts as an unusual romance develops into something wild and untamed in this unique tale of a girl, a boy, and the November storms. Hector is running from his home life, ending up on the deserted Isle Royale, when he meets Anda - born of the lake and the maker of November storms. Known as the November Witch, she's more inhuman than mortal. But Hector's made from violence too, and somehow the two collide - but Anda cannot hide from her fate forever.

    This was so atmospheric. The prose really transported me into the Autumnal stormy weather, and the descriptions of the lake and the storms in particular were wonderful as we are transported to the scene of a shipwreck through Anda's eyes. A lot of the plot takes place on the water, and my favourite scene involves Anda and Hector traversing the lake to an old shipwreck where 'Mother' makes her presence known. The Isle Royale itself is haunting in it's stillness and devoid of life - which I felt echoed Hector's personality as a boy on the verge of adulthood who's deeply lonely and without any outlets for his pain.

    Anda as the other main character is just as complex and unique. Wild yet giving. naive yet dangerous, a creature of chaos who is constantly struggling with her 'true nature'. She's a character quite unlike any I've seen before. Hector is her companion completely in this respect too. Hurt by a past too painful to confront, damaged and angry like Anda - she can see herself reflected in him. Their relationship is different to a typical 'romance' too. Anda is not out to be 'rescued' by Hector, although she does try to suppress the murderous side of her nature for him (understandable). She knows what she is, and what she can do. There's an obvious spark between them on first meeting, which felt natural as the story progressed.

    The plot is possibly slow to start, as we see Hector struggle to thrive on the island, and there's lots of time spent dithering about food and fishing and tip toeing around each other. I found myself wanting Anda and Hector to interact quicker than they did, to the point where I was getting frustrated - but in reality I think this was just a reflection on their personalities. One has never interacted with humans before (other than her father), and the other is afraid too. As the story progressed, I found myself enjoying the story more.

    I actually think that Hector's past is addressed relatively sensitively. It's never thrust on the reader, rather we are given glimpses of what happened to Hector as he's allowed to tell his story in his own way to Anda. The subject matter is also dealt with delicately, and is rather an extension of why Hector behaves the way he does, rather than let it define his character.

    I thought the ending was very fitting for the story, and works perfectly as a stand alone novel. A wonderful read, perfect for Autumn, and fans of magical realism with a splash of winter storms.

  • Amy Leigh

    Anda is half human and half witch. Maybe not the type of witch you're thinking of. She is the November storm that shuts down her island Isle Royale every winter. Each and every year the island evacuates in October leaving Anda completely alone on the island. Even her father leaves.

    Hector has a very troubled home life. He is so close to turning eighteen that he decides to run away for a few months until he is a legal adult and will never have to return. He decides to takes his refuge on Isle Roy

    Anda is half human and half witch. Maybe not the type of witch you're thinking of. She is the November storm that shuts down her island Isle Royale every winter. Each and every year the island evacuates in October leaving Anda completely alone on the island. Even her father leaves.

    Hector has a very troubled home life. He is so close to turning eighteen that he decides to run away for a few months until he is a legal adult and will never have to return. He decides to takes his refuge on Isle Royale because he knows the island will be vacant. Or so he thought.

    When Hector first sees Anda he doesn't believe the ethereal beauty is real. Anda is already being taken over by her storm side and becoming numb to her human nature. Yet, she is so curious about the boy who comes to the island.

    Andy's loneliness is heart wrenching. Hector really made my heart ache though. This book is hauntingly beautiful and full of discovery. I highly recommend this young adult fantasy!

    Given a copy by NetGalley and the publisher for a fair and honest review.

  • Lena (The Printed Girl)

    This book perfectly sums up everything I love about magical realism. It's a really eery story and sometimes it gets a bit creepy, but it's never horror so don't expect that.

    Anda is the daughter of the lake, and she isn't used to being around other people than her dad. The writer makes this clear in very clever ways. The way Anda thinks about the most normal things is both funny and absurd, but I loved everything about her.

    Hector is a runaway with a heavy background story. You get to know him mor

    This book perfectly sums up everything I love about magical realism. It's a really eery story and sometimes it gets a bit creepy, but it's never horror so don't expect that.

    Anda is the daughter of the lake, and she isn't used to being around other people than her dad. The writer makes this clear in very clever ways. The way Anda thinks about the most normal things is both funny and absurd, but I loved everything about her.

    Hector is a runaway with a heavy background story. You get to know him more throughout the book, and the farther you get the more everything starts to make sense. He has a very morbid sense of humour and I liked that a lot about him. He never takes himself seriously. At times I felt really bad for him. He was such an interesting character, everything about him was special.

    The combination of two very abstract characters made this a very interesting read. Although there are only two characters for the biggest part of this book, you actually never notice that and they make for such a cute pair!

    It's hard to say if this book is a slow or a fast paced book, because the pace varies a lot. At times it went quite slowly but at sometimes, like the ending, there was quite some action going on! And, we need to talk about that ending!! The ending was so so so beautifully executed. It read like a real thriller and easily had me on the edge of my seat. I. Just. Had. To. Know. How. It. Would. End!!!

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  • Sabrina

    Checkout my full review on my blog!

    There are many unique things about this book, the writing, the setting, the characters, this entire book is unique. This book will keep you on

    Checkout my full review on my blog!

    There are many unique things about this book, the writing, the setting, the characters, this entire book is unique. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat. You think that you know what's going on but you don't. Also this book is an emotional coaster from beginning to end.

    The main characters are complex. Hector, half Korean and half African American, is running away from his home life and ends up on Isle Royale where Anda has lived all her life. She was born of the lake and makes November Storms. Anda is also a witch but she different from what a normal witch would be. Anda struggles with her true nature and she is unlike any character I've read before.

    The ending was perfect for a standalone. The November Girl is one of those books that makes you think long after you have finished the book. The writing is lyrical and atmospheric and I was transported to Isle Royale with the author's words. Hector's love doesn't cure Anda, but they help each other in order to find their true self.

  • Diana

    While I loved the premise of the book, and the atmosphere that surrounded the characters, I was quite put off by the fact that I felt lost in the beginning of the book. It was like I had opened a book right by the middle and was thrown in with a couple of characters running from something without entirely knowing why (in her case is made more clear via cryptic lines and hints) and failing to connect with them. And while the casual glimpses between them and the alternate chapters between Anda and

    While I loved the premise of the book, and the atmosphere that surrounded the characters, I was quite put off by the fact that I felt lost in the beginning of the book. It was like I had opened a book right by the middle and was thrown in with a couple of characters running from something without entirely knowing why (in her case is made more clear via cryptic lines and hints) and failing to connect with them. And while the casual glimpses between them and the alternate chapters between Anda and the boy began offering a bit more of light I just couldn't connect with the characters or care for them, sadly.

  • Ayah Assem

    CW:

    Child abuse: We didn't witness any of it, but we were told about it.

    Self Harm: We get to both see it, and hear about it.

    The November Girl is a fresh take on Magical Realism. It is a breathtaking story that stars a girl who is half human/half witch, and a boy who running away from his abusive Uncle.

    Anda isn't your typical kind of witch; she is the November storm. She is creature who feeds on chaos and drowning souls. The sooner it is till November, the less of a human she becomes. But when A

    CW:

    Child abuse: We didn't witness any of it, but we were told about it.

    Self Harm: We get to both see it, and hear about it.

    The November Girl is a fresh take on Magical Realism. It is a breathtaking story that stars a girl who is half human/half witch, and a boy who running away from his abusive Uncle.

    Anda isn't your typical kind of witch; she is the November storm. She is creature who feeds on chaos and drowning souls. The sooner it is till November, the less of a human she becomes. But when Anda sees Hector, or as she said " he saw her", something changed. Now wait a second, this isn't an insta love story where the boy cures the girl with his love. Nope!

    They both plan to stay away from each other; after all, they are all hiding and don't want to be seen. I will say however, that the romance that developed was kind of weird. The good kind of weird. Through her interactions with Hector, we see how being half witch affects her. Her actions, her knowledge, and her thoughts are out of this world. But she is still a creature of chaos, she is made of something that made Hector escape his home to this deserted Island. Hector makes her feel things she had never felt before; makes her feel more human. These small things include being hungry.

    For the 1st time since forever, Hector feels loved when he is with Anda. But what would he do when he discovers who she really is?

    The truth is ugly; the truth hurts, but the heart wants what it wants.

    However, it is not up to them. You can say that there are some " external Factors and Powers" that don't want Anda and Hector to be together.

    This is also an #OwnVoices book because Hector is half Korean/ half African American, and the author is half Korean, half American. I believe that Hector's race played an important role in what makes Hector, Hector. It definitely wasn't just tossed in to make the cast


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