The Story of Us by Catherine Hernandez

The Story of Us is a stunning and emotional story told from the unique viewpoint of a newborn baby.


Mary Grace “MG” Concepcion left her husband in the Philippines to become an Overseas Filipino Worker. First, she goes to Hong Kong and then to Canada. On both continents, MG works as a nanny for several wealthy families who take advantage of her. But she does it all with the intention of one day sponsoring her husband to join her in Canada.

After her latest position ends, MG becomes a Personal Support Worker for Liz, an elderly trans woman who has Alzheimer’s disease. Initially, caring for Liz challenges MG’s very conservative beliefs. But the friendship these two women form is a thing of beauty.

Review of The Story of Us

MG’s newborn baby narrates this story directly to Liz. The second-person voice took a minute to adjust to, but it fits really well with this story. The writing flows nicely.

The Story of Us will take the reader on an emotional roller coaster. I felt MG’s loneliness, rage, happiness and hope while reading this.

MG’s initial attitude toward Liz was hard to read. But the bond they eventually formed was so heartwarming and uplifting. I have a feeling these characters will stick with me for a long time.

It’s early in the year, but this book might be a contender for a new favourite of the year. I need to read the author’s other books immediately. I’m not sure why I slept on Scarborough, but that will be the one I pick up next.

CW: SA, transphobia.

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Expected Publication: 28 February 2023

Thank you to HarperCollins Canada for providing an arc via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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