The Thing Around Your Neck: A Book Review

By the time this post goes up, I'll be trudging down the road so that I can catch the bus to college. Desperately wishing it wasn't so cold and that I could feel the Lagos sun for just twenty minutes. Which is really weird because if I was in Lagos, I would wish I was in a colder country. Sigh, life.

Today I'm going to be reviewing a book that has been on my list of books to read for about two years now. It goes without saying, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is iconic. Love her or hate her, she's her own person and always makes sure her voice is heard. She is one of my favourite authors of all time and after reading The Thing Around Your Neck, I can now say that I have read all of her books. And I loved every single one, can't even pick a favourite one. (PS: She has a new book out this year!)

I've always wanted to read The Thing Around Your Neck and luckily for me, I found it in the library near my college. Without further ado, here's my review.

Name of Book: The Thing Around Your Neck

Author:  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Year of Publication: 2009

Book Summary: This is a collection of short stories about Nigerians in Nigeria and in the diaspora. The stories touch on a number of different topics such as racism, infidelity, sibling rivalry, family, the Nigerian Civil War, oppression and so on.

What I Loved:  I loved how relatable the stories were, how I could feel emotions while reading. You know, sometimes you read and while you may enjoy the book you don't really feel anything. When Chimamanda writes, I feel like she connects with the readers. Makes you feel things. For example, I felt so angry while reading Jumping Monkey Hill and incredibly sad while reading Ghosts. I don't know if I'm explaining it properly, but yes that's what I loved the most about the book. The fact that I could connect with the characters.

What I Hated: I didn't hate anything about the stories, they were perfect. I just disliked the lack of continuity. Obviously, they're all short stories but I wish I could know more. Like in Imitation, what happens to Nkem and Obiora after she moves back to Lagos. If  Chinanza really leaves her husband later on in The Arrangers of Marriage. Or what becomes of the mother whose son is murdered in The American Embassy. I was left wanting more, which shows how good a storyteller Chimamanda is.

Final Verdict:  I finished this book so quickly, goes to show that I really liked it. To be fair, it's not a long book. The stories were wonderful, ranging from lighthearted to very sad. I encourage you to all get it. It's a great read. xx

You can get it online here (it's on sale actually and there's free worldwide delivery). If you live in Nigeria, it should also be in most bookshops e.g. The Hub in Palms, the Terra Kulture bookshop, Glendora and so on.


  1. Hello, and a very interesting review, I am yet to read this book by Adichie but its on my list no doubt. Warm greetings to you and thanks for stopping by!

  2. Oh, I've read this book. But sadly, I read it when I was still naive. Reading only to pass away time . I really want to read it again. I can actually still remember that it was a collection of short stories and the feeling of wanting it to continue sounds really familiar. The only story I can remember is the one where a bride follows her husband abroad and she's anxious about their first time together or something like that. Never knew Chimamanda was releasing a new book. That's so nice. Anticipating! Sorry about the cold, it's so hot over here ehn.
    My Jumping Tale

    1. Can't believe I didn't reply ! Haha I know what it means to just read for reading sake. Lool if only we could switch positions for a few days! xx

  3. Short stories aren't really my thing, I like longer books that you can really get lost in but the themes in these stories sound good and diverse. Love that it touches on so many subjects and that you enjoyed the way they were written. Thanks for sharing xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

    1. Aw I know what you mean about wanting a longer story, I prefer them too. Thank you for stopping by Kiran!xx

  4. Awesome review!
    You're so right about how well she connects with her readers .

  5. Been slacking so much when it comes to reading. Feeling so bad now. Gotta change that in 2017! Thanks for sharing.

    IG: nyashanicole

    1. Haha I know what you mean, I didn't read a lot in 2016 and I'm on a mission to change that this year. Thank you for stopping by! xx


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