Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson
What I drank: White Whine. Its been a long week (i did about 14 hours of schoolwork today so I earned this).
When their foster-turned-adoptive mother suddenly dies, four brothers struggle to keep open the doors of her beloved Harlem knitting shop, while dealing with life and love in Harlem.
Jesse Strong is known for two things: his devotion to his adoptive mom, Mama Joy, and his reputation for breaking hearts in Harlem. When Mama Joy unexpectedly passes away, he and his brothers have different plans on what to do with Strong Knits, their neighborhood knitting store: Jesse wants to keep the store open; his brothers want to shut it down.
Jesse makes an impassioned plea to Kerry Fuller, his childhood friend who has had a crush on him her entire life, to help him figure out how to run the business. Kerry agrees to help him reinvent the store and show him the knitty-gritty of the business, but the more time they spend together, the more the chemistry builds. Kerry, knowing Jesse’s history, doesn’t believe this relationship will exist longer than one can knit one, purl one. But Jesse is determined to prove to her that he can be the man for her—after all, real men knit.
Drunk Overview: welp. Mama Joy , the owner of a yarn store and moyher to four foster kids dies. Cheery start. The fuckup son, Jesse, decides to keep the store open and Kerry, xhildhood friend and stote lurker, offers to help. Also they have major lust for each other.
- The story here is siper sweet.
- I’m such a big fan of seeing more foster families and adopted families (especially after the number of books Ive read whefe infertility is treated as the be all end all).
- I found it a lot easier to identify with Kerry (and the oldest bro with a stick up his ass) than I did Jesse, but his sense of inferiority compared to his bros with their careers vs his job hopping was kind of too real.
- The relationship angst also felt really real. There are times when the lack of communication makes sense, and in these long term friendships I feel like its all tge mofe common.
- I did think it was odd that all the ideas for revitalizing the store came from pinterest – kind of pedestrian? Or at least something that seems like it would have been done before in NYC.
- This is also a book where the best friend was legit awesome.
- I would hVe enjoyed a bit more world building (her job could have been fleshed out more and the random romantic rival felt totally unnecessary).
- And not going into too much detail, the grand gesture at the end of the book made me flail. Twas cute.
Drink Pairing: mint Julep.