Read an exclusive extract of Bitter by Akwaeke Emezi


If you loved akwaeke emezi’s YA debut, Pet, as much as we did (which is to say, a lot) you’re going to adore their new YA companion novel, Bitter.

Bitter is thrilled to have been chosen to attend Eucalyptus, a special school where she can focus on her painting surrounded by other creative teens. But outside this haven, the streets are filled with protests against the deep injustices that grip the town of Lucille. Bitter’s instinct is to stay safe within the walls of Eucalyptus . . . but her friends aren’t willing to settle for a world that the adults say is “just the way things are.

Pulled between old friendships, her creative passion, and a new romance, Bitter isn’t sure where she belongs – in the art studio or in the streets. And if she does find a way to help the revolution while being true to who she is, she must also ask: at what cost?

Exploring the sheer power of youth, art and protest, Bitter is a 2022 release you don’t want to miss and since we have an exclusive extract, you can start reading this powerful novel right now.


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