You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi

You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty is a contemporary romance with characters trying to process their trauma.


Five years after the death of her husband, Feyi Adekola wants to try dating again. Her roommate and best friend Joy is equally excited for Feyi to get back out there.

One day at a rooftop party, Feyi skips the dating part and leaps right into a steamy encounter with a handsome stranger. Over the summer, Feyi’s decision to start living again will shape her life in ways she never dreamed was possible for her again. From spicy sessions to finding new love. From her brownstone apartment and work as an artist to a tropical island with huge career opportunities. Although it’s not an easy switch for Feyi, she’ll have to work through her emotions, trauma, and grief.

Review of You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty

This romance novel solely focuses on Feyi’s POV. The writing style flows smoothly, making this a fairly quick read. However, it does delve into some fairly heavy topics.

It has themes of life, death, sexuality, art, pleasure, grief, and joy.

This is the kind of romance that I generally prefer: contemporary and character-driven. It’s very spicy, but there’s more to the story than just that.

The plot took an unexpected and immediate turn, romance-wise. I don’t have an opinion on the nature of the relationship, except that it happened fast, incredibly so.

This novel is the third that I’ve read by Akwaeke Emezi, and though they have all been in different genres (literary fiction, memoir, romance), I have enjoyed them all. At this point, Emezi is an auto-read author for me. They can write anything, and I will gobble it up.

So, I recommend this if you want a spicy beach read with emotional depth.

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Expected Publication: 24 May 2022

Thank you to Atria Books for providing me with an arc via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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