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Book Review: Sorry, Bro by Taleen Voskuni

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In Sorry, Bro Nareh Bedrossian realizes it’s time to go when her non-Armenian boyfriend decides that it would be romantic to propose to her in front of a room full of drunk tech boys. Nareh wants to find someone who shares her culture and her same belief in romance. 

*queue the entrance of Nareh’s over-helpful mother*

Nar’s mom has more than enough potential Armenian men for her (granted her mother found them through Facebook stalking), but none of these men catch Nar’s full interest.

*queue the entrance of Erebuni, a woman dedicated to preserving Armenian culture through the arts*

Erebuni becomes Nar’s wing woman, and suddenly going out to find a potential man doesn’t seem as boring. 

Nar struggles with her bisexual identity and isn’t exactly out yet. When her different worlds collide, she is determined to be brave and embrace her happiness. 

What I Loved

The biggest takeaway I had from this book was the knowledge I gained about Armenian culture. I enjoyed how Sorry, Bro taught me more about Armenian culture through the descriptions of their foods and arts. It was also fun to read an Armenian proverb at the beginning of each chapter. 

This book also did a great job of demonstrating how to educate individuals on the history surrounding certain events to stop making light of the event. For example, Nar commented on how the Armenian genocide was terrible, but nobody wants to be constantly reminded of it. Erebuni and Nar’s friends listened to her opinions, but then they took the opportunity to share with Nar the importance of the government and society acknowledging the genocide.   

The characters in this book were relatable and made my heart warm. We have all been in situations like Nar’s where we have said something that we immediately wish we could take back, but it allows us the opportunity to grow and learn. 

What I Would’ve Changed

The book started a little slow for me. There was a lot of backstory on the characters but at the same time not enough details to connect with them right off the bat. Additionally, the romance was a bit of a slow burn, and I was in the mood to read something more fast-paced. 

Final Thoughts

If you’re looking for a light-hearted, queer, rom-com and don’t mind a slow burn, this book is for you!

Florida born and raised. Jordy began her professional career as an officer in the Coast Guard but has recently transitioned into the civilian world. When she is not obsessing over her fur babies, you can find her at the beach reading or staying up late to embroider while watching the latest true crime docuseries.

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