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Blog Tour: Breeze by Sarah Asuquo (Guest Post)

Hey friends! Today is my stop on the blog tour for Breeze by Sarah Asuquo, and I am bringing you a guest post. Enjoy!

Breeze by Sarah Asuquo
Genre: Young Adult
Published by: Clink Street Publishing
Pages: 130
Release date: 17/11/2020
Where to find: Goodreads | Amazon
Summary: Being a teenager is complicated enough. Add a superpower to the mix, and it gives “glow up” a whole new meaning.

At Aspire Academy, East London, there are countless cliques and weekly trends, but Breeze isn’t interested in any of that; she’s not like most of the girls in her school. There’s only one place at Aspire where Breeze feels like she truly belongs. The track.

Breeze is a gifted athlete and the national champion for the 100-metre sprint. However, she is astonished when she discovers that her talent is also her superpower! With her power comes popularity but also duty. She is given a secret mission (which could change the fate of her school FOREVER), but to succeed, she must put aside her desire to maintain her new status and realise the true purpose of her gift.

5 Things I Love about my Protagonist

1) She goes on a journey

I love the bildungsroman element of the story and how we see Breeze’s character develops. She unexpectedly discovers that her talent is her superpower and she’s given a huge responsibility that could change the fate of her school. Her power brings popularity but also duty and she goes on a journey from letting the newfound acceptance from her peers get to her head to being overwhelmed by the mission that is placed upon her. She makes some decisions that are out of character but learns a lot about herself and what’s truly important. It’s endearing to see this vulnerability and openness. I think those who read the book will identify with the challenges she encounters and connect to her as a result.

2) She’s family oriented

Breeze loves her family. We see such a warm, funny and kind aspect to Breeze’s character when she’s with them. Although her family come from humble beginnings, her household is rich in love. Her parents impart important values and help Breeze find her way. Throughout the story, the Bassey household will fill readers with laugher and heart-warming moments. Her family are a reminder of what’s most important in life, our loved ones.  

3) She talks to herself

Breeze is part of the ‘talk to yourself gang’. You know, the people who often find themselves being asked, “Who are you talking to?” to which they respond, “Um, no one”, with an awkward smile as people look on in bewilderment. Yeah, those people. I love that about her! Her commentary on her peers at points in the story is hilarious! We gain further insight into her thoughts that her peers are unaware of, and that makes me feel like I can relate to her. It builds a relationship between Breeze and the readers. Besides, I think talking to yourself is therapeutic and completely normal. 

4) She’s super talented

Breeze is an incredible athlete who takes her craft very seriously. Her hard work and dedication to her training is admirable and I think she is a role-model to young people. She is never complacent and pushes herself to continuously improve. The track is also one of the few places where she truly feels like she belongs and is free to be herself. It’s lovely to see.

5) Finally and most importantly, I love Breeze because she represents the Underrepresented

For numerous reasons, Breeze represents the underrepresented. As a black protagonist, Breeze is a rarity. She provides a positive representation of a self-confident, inspiring and relatable black teenager: an image that I didn’t see in the books I read when I was a child and one that is still underrepresented in children’s literature today. I believe that it is important that all children are presented with characters who are positive role-models from various races, backgrounds and cultures. This helps to teach respect for others and creates a more inclusive society for our young people. I love that Breeze’s character can contribute to addressing the lack of ethnic diversity in children’s books. I remember reading Matilda as a child for the first time and how connected I felt to her character. Beyond the differences of race, background or culture, I felt connected to her character and I believe that Breeze’s character has the power to connect with so many in a similar way. 

However, Breeze also represents the teenagers who aren’t always the most vocal in the room, even when they have so much to say. The teens who aren’t the most popular and aren’t always up to date with the latest trend. The teens whose invite to the party is often ‘forgotten’ or whose value can go unnoticed. The teenagers who have grown up with less than others and know what it feels like to go without at times. Although Breeze may not be perceived as one of the ‘cool kids’ by her peers, she has no desire to be one. She’s not fixated on fitting in and gaining the approval of others. Breeze is Breeze. She doesn’t care about being ‘cool’ if it means losing who she is. And, in my opinion, that’s the coolest thing about her. I, and I think many others can identify with Breeze. 

Breeze represents people who are quietly brilliant and who, at times, are overlooked.  I love how she is the focal point of this story. The spotlight is on her. 

Author Information

Sarah Asuquo has dedicated her entire career to contributing to improving the lives of young people. Her roles have included a volunteer mentor in primary schools within Lambeth and Hackney, a Teaching Assistant and for the last 6 years, an English Teacher in secondary schools within South London. She has also completed a Masters in Education at UCL in order to develop her understanding of students’ educational experiences and how they can be better supported through policy and pedagogy.

Born and raised in the vibrant East End of London and in a Nigerian household, Sarah thrives on culture and diversity. Her writing venture is influenced by her experiences with the children she has encountered, and she aims to write books that reflect the multicultural society of today in an accurate, relatable, inspiring and positive manner.

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