Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala

Speak No Evil

A revelation shared between two privileged teenagers from very different backgrounds sets off a chain of events with devastating consequences.On the surface, Niru leads a charmed life. Raised by two attentive parents in Washington, D.C., he’s a top student and a track star at his prestigious private high school. Bound for Harvard in the fall, his prospects are bright. But Niru has a painful secret: he is queer—an abominable sin to his conserv...

Details Speak No Evil

TitleSpeak No Evil
Release DateMar 6th, 2018
GenreFiction, Lgbt, Contemporary, Literary Fiction, Glbt, Queer

Reviews Speak No Evil

  • Will Byrnes
    Are you lost if you know where you are going—just not how to get there? Niru has a problem. Sure, his parents are well off. Sure, he will be going to Harvard after finishing his senior year at an exclusive private school. Sure, he is a pretty good athlete, more than holding his own on his school’s track team. Sure, he has a great bff in Meredith. Life is good, right? Well, not entirely. When Meredith moves to increase the level of their relat...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    I should start by saying that this is a book with queer suffering front and center. I have more to say later about that, but I want to get it up front. I know there are many other readers, like me, who need to ration out stories of queer suffering. I started this book months ago and had to put it down, always knowing I'd come back to it, but needing to be in a place where it would be easier for me to digest. This is a lovely book and a difficult ...
  • Elyse Walters
    When you’re gay.. you can walk down the street and not particularly stand out.When you’re black, what you are, is seen on the outside. Being black, Gay, with roots from Nigeria is a challenging birth card. Being born a white heterosexual affluent woman - its easy to play a role in the violence thrust upon black men. Frightening! To me - this is a community book worth talking about. I don’t think it matters how much we like it.....pimples - ...
  • Kelli
    This book was beautifully executed...brilliant, in fact. I can’t elaborate without spoiling it, so I will instead sit in awe of this uniquely structured, gently (and gorgeously) written story that I thought was about one thing but was really about something else. Heartbreaking on so many levels, this will stay with me. 4 stars
  • da AL
    What's it like to be a teenager who's grown up amid the complicated push-pull of being privileged, American, Nigerian, and gay? Along with Niru, author Iweala does a remarkable job of illustrating characters, each of them good and bad, each of them representative of how mere good intentions are not enough. Audiobook narrators Onayem and Whelan are equally amazing.
  • MaryBeth's Bookshelf
    Speak No Evil left me gutted, speechless, and heartbroken.This is a coming of age novel told from two perspectives. First, Niru, a young Nigerian man with a privileged upbringing and extremely strict parents. When Niru's father discovers that he is gay, he takes Niru back to Nigeria to "cleanse him" of this evil. Meredith is Niru's best friend, with emotional struggles of her own. Meredith also comes from a family of privilege, where appearances ...
  • Kate Olson
    ALL THE STARS and officially on my Best of 2018 list. Brief, searing and intensely readable, I must insist that every. single. one. of you read. this. book. I picked it up at lunch one day to try to at least get a start on it for the May @words.between.worlds (Instagram) discussion and finished it at 6 am the next day while walking the dogs. Because I couldn’t stop, even though I wanted the pain of the narrative to stop. If that makes sense? (N...
  • Ashley
    Did I really finish Speak No Evil the same day that I started it? Yes, yes I did. This book is not one to be taken, or read, lightly. This book will snatch up your attention and drag you right in. And it will hold it. I'll admit the beginning was slow and a little off-putting for me but quickly began speaking to my heart. I ended with tears in my eyes and anguish in my heart. 4 stars.
  • Nikki (Saturday Nite Reader)
    I have been on an audiobook roll lately and hope to keep up the momentum. I am one who prefers to read an actual book, but likes to listen to audiobooks during my drives (or to make doing chores more bearable). There have been a few times where I felt that I had a better experience listening rather than reading and this here is one of them!Narrator Prentice Onayemi starts the first part of this book and he was absolute perfection. I felt as thoug...
  • Jason
    This book reminds you that sometimes life holds unforgettable, irreversible devastation and heartache. I think this book could have gone further into satisfying, healing terrain. But it takes courage to understand that there may not be room yet for that kind of forgiveness or resolution in this particular story. Words take time. Until then we may have to exist in the silence, the refrain, the omission, the surrender. Let us hope we eventually fin...
  • Dan
    This slim volume packs a wallop. It's a moving gay coming-of-age story, a story about the ups and downs of close friendships, a look at contemporary racial and gender politics, and a beautiful exploration of the sacrifices we all make to fit into our communities—whatever those may be. Of the two parts, I was partial to Meredith's. That's where, for me, the book took on a larger significance. Of the two voices, though, I preferred Niru's. *Spoil...
  • Rod-Kelly Hines
    I can say with no reservation that this book is going to be in my top five for the year!Speak No Evil is a beautiful, heart-breaking storm of a novel that brilliantly weaves two powerful and painful narrative threads together. At the heart of the novel is the struggle of Niru, the 18 year old son of upper-class, highly religious African parents, to deal with his recently revealed homosexuality. After a gutpunch of a twist that I won't reveal, the...
  • Meike
    When Niru, a high school senior in Washington who has already been accepted into Harvard, realizes that he is gay, his influential and very religious Nigerian parents are shocked, and his relationship with his best friend Meredith, who was secretly in love with him, becomes complicated. Yes, this is a coming-of-age story, and not a bad one, but it has a distinct YA feel. The author, Uzodinma Iweala, is himself an American of Nigerian descent with...
  • Darkowaa
    Full REVIEW - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/05...sigh...White Lies Cost Black Lives.
  • Barbara
    “Speak No Evil” by Uzodinma Iweala is a novel that encompasses many themes. Narrator Niru is a first generation Nigerian immigrant who is struggling with his sexuality. His parents are wealthy and he attends a prominent private school. As the story opens, Niru has already been accepted into Harvard on early admission. Niru is a track star, he’s a perfect student, he’s a kid who wants his parents affection. Yet his Christian conservative f...
  • Elizabeth George
    Although this book follows the new trend of using no quotation marks and running long paragraphs (as did an earlier book that I didn't like), I did like this one a great deal. There's much more clarity as to who is speaking and what's happening, probably because the vast majority of the novel is told in real time. It's a combination coming-of-age and coming-out-as-gay, and it involves a Nigerian-American boy, his parents, the girl who has loved h...
  • Jamise // Spines & Vines
    A heartbreaking story of a young black male struggling with his sexuality, friendships as well as existing in his community & a strict privileged Nigerian family. This was an intense read focusing on gender and racial politics. I found myself quite angry during the second half of the book. However, I loved that the story was told from two perspectives (Niru,a young black man and Meredith, a white female) & takes place in Washington DC. It’s alw...
  • Vivek Tejuja
    Very few books get me all disturbed and thinking about the world we live in. Yes, most of them are impactful, so to say but none off-late have had the lasting effect that “Speak No Evil” will (of which I am sure). I don’t know what it is about this book that makes you so uncomfortable as a reader that you don’t want to read further. I will not spoil anything for you, but the ending is not what I expected. I was shocked and stunned (but th...
  • Kimberley
    This one started out with so much promise, but then it took a weird turn, ended abruptly, and left me uncertain if its intended purpose was lost somewhere between the beginning and the end.Niru is a closeted, Nigerian-American, male. He lives with his parents in an upscale D.C. neighborhood. His friend Meredith is apparently in love with him, but the feeling is not mutual. Once Niru discovers why he's not open to Meredith's advances, he lets her ...
  • Jenn
    “Now I am here and there is no going back. My father holds my passport and the tickets. I am under his control. The world around me feels out of alignment like a globe rattling and wobbling on its stand as it spins. As we leave the terminal, I can see where I’m going but with every step the ground shifts just a little and my sense of direction becomes confused.” – p 57 Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala follows Harvard-bound Niru, a first-g...
  • BookOfCinz
    WOW. I finished this book and I sat staring in space for a good 20mins. I could do nothing else except mediate on what I just read. This is a solid 5 star, must read book. I am absolutely astounding as to how such a short story packs an unbelievable punch. This book tackles so many issues in the short amount of pages and does it in the most beautiful way. Set in Washington D.C., "Speak No Evil" is about Niru, an overachieving young man to two wea...
  • Lauren Fanella
    This book is giving me a lot to chew on. It broke my heart. Stellar writing. Such a complex situation packed into a small novel.
  • Charlotte (charandbooks)
    I've listened to Speak No Evil on audio and while my mind sometimes wanders while doing so, I was totally captivated by this heartbreaking story. Speak No Evil might be on the shorter side but this novel covers the alientaing experience of being a foreigner in a country although seemingly having every status symbol that others do, the teen angst of unreciprocated love and finding your own sexual identity, the consequences of cultural family hiera...
  • Taryn Pierson
    Niru, the high-achieving son of Nigerian parents, attends an elite private school in Washington, D.C. He runs track and has aspirations of attending Harvard after graduation. In order to be accepted at school and at home, though, Niru has never told anyone he is gay—until his friend Meredith makes it clear she wants to be more than friends. To spare her feelings, and maybe to unburden himself as well, Niru tells Meredith the truth, a choice tha...
  • Laura
    What beautiful prose, what a devastating book. MAJOR SPOILERS FOLLOW!This book confirmed for me that if a queer character is going to be killed in a book, I need to know about it before starting that book. Because I just can't take it anymore. Queer suffering is all over literature, and violent queer death is, too, and I'm not saying that I can't read those books, because sometimes they are moving and heartbreaking in the best way. But I'm so, so...
  • KC
    Harvard bound Niru is a seventeen year old track star in Washington DC. His parents are successful conservative Nigerians. He and his best friend Meredith, who is white, leave school early due to a snow storm and head to her house where she tries to seduce him. Surprisingly he rejects her, realizing in that moment that he believes he is gay. Profound consequences, turning point decisions, and the overwhelming need for acceptance graces the pages ...
  • Kenya (ReviewsMayVary)
    This book starts as a heart- wrenching coming out story and ends with you wanting to crawl into a hole to chew your own hair. Or rage against the world. Or whatever way you tend to handle crippling emotion. Basically, Uzodinma Iweala owes me for the window i just had to fling this book through plus one million dollars in emotional damages.I won't even add charges for the jacked up way that dialogue was done.
  • Renée | Book Girl Magic
    **Contains Spoilers**Not even sure how to put this book into words. The ending was unexpected to say the least.I enjoyed this read. It was my first LGBT book and it was intriguing from beginning to end. My heart felt for the main character Niru and his struggle to come out to the world as a gay young man. I feel like so many kids aren't able to freely be themselves because of the pressure and demands put on us by family, friends and society.Altho...