Speak No Evil

Speak No Evil Review

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 conservative Nigerian parents. No one knows except Meredith, his best friend, the daughter of prominent Washington insiders—and the one person who seems not to judge him.

When his father accidentally discovers Niru is gay, the fallout is brutal and swift. Coping with troubles of her own, however, Meredith finds that she has little left emotionally to offer him. As the two friends struggle to reconcile their desires against the expectations and institutions that seek to define them, they find themselves speeding toward a future more violent and senseless than they can imagine. Neither will escape unscathed.

Title:Speak No Evil
Edition Language:English

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • 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 ...

  • 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, wh...

  • 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 ...

  • Chelsea

    Got approved to read an ARC! I'm super excited! ...

  • 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 explora...

  • 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 ...

  • Sabrina

    3.5 stars...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 s...

  • 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 sn...