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We Deserve Monuments

By Jas Hammonds
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"An absolute must read." Buzzfeed

"A gripping portrayal of the South's inherent racism and a love story for queer Black girls." Teen Vogue

Family secrets, a swoon-worthy romance, and a slow-burn mystery collide in We Deserve Monuments, a YA debut from Jas Hammonds that explores how racial violence can ripple down through generations.

What’s more important: Knowing the truth or keeping the peace?

Seventeen-year-old Avery Anderson is convinced her senior year is ruined when she's uprooted from her life in DC and forced into the hostile home of her terminally ill grandmother, Mama Letty. The tension between Avery’s mom and Mama Letty makes for a frosty arrival and unearths past drama they refuse to talk about. Every time Avery tries to look deeper, she’s turned away, leaving her desperate to learn the secrets that split her family in two.

While tempers flare in her avoidant family, Avery finds friendship in unexpected places: in Simone Cole, her captivating next-door neighbor, and Jade Oliver, daughter of the town’s most prominent family—whose mother’s murder remains unsolved.

As the three girls grow closer—Avery and Simone’s friendship blossoming into romance—the sharp-edged opinions of their small southern town begin to hint at something insidious underneath. The racist history of Bardell, Georgia is rooted in Avery’s family in ways she can’t even imagine. With Mama Letty's health dwindling every day, Avery must decide if digging for the truth is worth toppling the delicate relationships she's built in Bardell—or if some things are better left buried.

A School Library Journal Best Book of 2022

213 Reviews

Loudly Crying Face“It’s been a really long time since a book made me feel such a wide range of emotions. 😭 This book made me feel angry, happy, sad, and hopeful all within a few pages. I don’t even know what to say about this book or how to feel right now, but I know I am going to be thinking about this book for a really long time.❤️”
Characters change and growDiverse charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenRealistic settingHeartbreakingHomophobiaRacism
Loudly Crying Face“Sometimes you find a book that is exactly the words and feelings you can’t put out. This one was too close to home when it comes to trauma bound, ancestors and the trauma they are leaving behind them, the no-communication problem we can still presence in our culture. It was perfectly well written and I devoured this audiobook in 2 days. I totally recommend this book 🥰”
Characters change and growBeautifully writtenAddictiveImmersive settingHeartbreakingRacismViolence
Loudly Crying Face
Likable charactersBeautifully writtenRealistic settingComing of ageHeartbreakingHomophobiaRacism

About Jas Hammonds

Jas Hammonds was raised in many cities and between the pages of many books. They have received support for their writing from Lambda Literary, Baldwin for the Arts, and the Highlights Foundation. They are also a grateful recipient of the MacDowell James Baldwin Fellowship. Their debut novel, We Deserve Monuments, won the 2023 Coretta Scott King John Steptoe Award for New Talent, among many other accolades.

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