Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

Thank you to NetGalley and Usborne for the advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review on Bookstagram.

“Hello, Niveus High. It’s me. Who am I? That’s not important. All you need to know is…I’m here to divide and conquer. – Aces”

Chiamaka is the popular girl at school, using whoever she needs to get to the top, graduate and get into Med school. Devon, on the other hand, keeps his head down and stays out of people’s way. He is usually found in the music room, composing pieces to try and get a scholarship to a music college. They are not friends, in fact they never have any reason to speak to each other…until suddenly that changes. 
When they both reach senior year, they become the target of the anonymous Aces, who seems intent on bringing all their secrets and skeletons out of the closet so the whole student body knows and knocking Chiamaka off her perch at the top. Who is this Aces and why are they only targeting Devon and Chiamaka? 

I don’t know what to say except you need to read this book! Every time you think you know what is happening, something else happens and you are back to square one. 

The story is told from two POVs, Devon and Chiamaka and they both have distinctive voices so it is easy to distinguish who is telling the story. They weave together perfectly and the story flows really well. The pace starts off a little slow but picks up a lot throughout the book. The plot is utterly compelling and I couldn’t put it down.

This book deals with systemic racism so well. It also briefly addresses racism within mixed race families, which though it sounds naive, I’d never really thought of before. There is also LGBTQ+ rep, which I wasn’t expecting but was a welcome addition. 

Honestly I think the only reason it isn’t a 5 star read is because it STRESSED ME OUT. I can’t think of anything wrong with the book itself and will be thinking about this book for a long time. An absolutely cracking debut!


Rating: 4 out of 5.

Trigger Warnings: Racism, Murder, Car accident, Homophobia, Public Outing, Stalking, Violence, Death of a Parent. More can be found here.

Rep: Bi, Gay, Black Main Characters.

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