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Songs of Irie
Asha Ashanti Bromfield


"A devastating and nuanced look at two teens’ battle for freedom, hope, independence, and love." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Perfect for fans of The Black Kids, Songs of Irie is a sweeping coming-of-age novel from Asha Bromfield about a budding romance struggling to survive amidst the Jamaican civil unrest of the 1970s.

It's 1976 and Jamaica is on fire. The country is on the eve of important elections and the warring political parties have made the divisions between the poor and the wealthy even wider. And Irie and Jilly come from very different backgrounds: Irie is from the heart of Kingston, where fighting in the streets is common. Jilly is from the hills, where mansions nestled within lush gardens remain safe behind gates. But the two bond through a shared love of Reggae music, spending time together at Irie's father's record store, listening to so-called rebel music that opens Jilly's mind to a sound and a way of thinking she's never heard before.

As tensions build in the streets, so do tensions between the two girls. A budding romance between them complicates things further as the push and pull between their two lives becomes impossible to bear. For Irie, fighting—with her words and her voice—is her only option. Blood is shed on the streets in front of her every day. She has no choice. But Jilly can always choose to escape.

Can their bond survive this impossible divide?

Asha Bromfield has written a compelling, emotional and heart-rending story of a friendship during wartime and what it means to fight for your words, your life, and the love of your life.


Asha Ashanti Bromfield is an actress, singer, producer and writer of Afro-Jamaican descent. She is known for starring in CW’s Riverdale, and Netflix’s Locke and Key. Her name means Life, and she is a lover of it. She currently lives between LA and Toronto, where she enjoys nature, family, and walking her dog Luka. She's the author of Hurricane Summer and Songs of Irie.


CBC, "25 Canadian YA books to read in fall 2023" and "All the Canadian books we're excited about this fall"

Goodreads, "Our Big Preview of Fall's Most Anticipated Young Adult Books"

The Root, "October 2023 Books By Black Authors I Can't Wait to Read"

"Dramatic, deeply sensual." -- Booklist

"A devastating and nuanced look at two teens’ battle for freedom, hope, independence, and love." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Jamaican history, provocative lyricism, and relatable characters form an effective foundation for this bittersweet queer love story...A richly intimate novel of rebellion, romance, and reggae." -- Kirkus

Songs of Irie is a powerful and urgent reminder of what’s worth fighting for in a world determined to tear you apart. Irie and Jilly’s love for one another is boldly vulnerable, achingly real, and absolutely unforgettable. Bromfield is a bright, burning talent with a voice that demands—and deserves—to be heard. A stunning book.” -- Courtney Summers New York Times bestselling author of I’m The Girl

[H]  Wednesday Books  /  October 10, 2023

1.03" H x 8.49" L x 5.76" W (0.98 lbs) 400 pages