Angel & Hannah: A Novel in Verse

Angel & Hannah: A Novel in Verse


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This sweeping, unforgettable reimagining of Romeo and Juliet tells the story of an interracial couple in 1990s New York City who are determined to protect their love against all odds

Hannah, a Korean American girl from Queens, New York, and Angel, a Puerto Rican boy from Brooklyn, fall in love in the spring of 1993. Hannah, who comes from a strict Korean home, meets Angel, a free and beautiful boy, at a quincea�era:

Beyond flushed, sweating bodies pushed,
pushing like cattle below black & buzzing speakers, under a torn pink streamer
loose as a tendril of hair--lush--
his eyes. Darkluminous. Warm. A blush floods her.
Hannah sucks in her breath, but can't pull back.
Music fades. A hush
he's a young buck in the underbrush,
still in a disco ball dance of shadow & light
Their forbidden love instantly and wildly blooms along the Jackie Robinson Expressway.

Told in seasons Angel & Hannah holds all of the tension and cadence of blank verse while adding dynamic and expressive language, creating new kinds of engrossing and magnetic forms. The hip-hop sonnets and poems are dynamic, arresting, observant, and magical, conveying the intimacies and sacrifices of love and addiction and the devastating realities of struggle and loss.

Committed to cultural details and the vernacular of Queens and Brooklyn, this is a hip-hop love story, not of the Capulets and the Montagues, but two New York City kids trying to survive and grow within their families and communities, driven by an all-consuming love.

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  • Deedi Brown (DeediReads)

    All my reviews live at;DR REVIEW:I have nothing but so much praise for Angel & Hannah. From the first page, I was hooked, and by the last, my heart had left my body...

  • Rebekah Black

    ANGEL & HANNAH is a stunning YA novel-in-verse that tackles the question, "Can young love survive?" through a retelling of the classic ROMEO AND JULIET. Realistic, intense, gritty, and softened by the...

  • Taiyo

    "She traces her finger over his sad map of scars. If America let them, would they spin fast & gold as a Celia Cruz classic, lilting songs into the sea?" There exists a New York City of working class K...

  • Jasmine

    Ishle Park is one of my favourite poets because she consistently immerses the reader in the story and makes setting into character, and souls into places. I loved this collection of stories woven into...

  • Bree

    My heart. It hurts. ...

  • Kimberly

    A love story told in verse, Angel & Hannah is a realistic, gritty and yet totally romantic story of two teens from different worlds finding love.The writing is lyrical and mesmerizing, each part intro...

  • Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)

    Poetry has never really been my thing. I have read some poetry that I have enjoyed but never felt I could review or read poetry collections. However, this past year, I've been introduced to some stori...

  • Mara

    Angel & Hannah by Ishle Yi Park is a loose retelling of Romeo and Juliet in vibrant poetic verse. The story follows Hannah, a Korean-American girl from the Bronx and Angel, a Puerto Rican boy from Bro...

  • Nicole

    I very different take on Romeo and Juliet, and I am here for all of it. It was so good and felt so real, and accurate. Which might be strange to say but I not only felt enveloped in their relationship...

  • Carmel

    A very sweet novel in verse...more verse than novel (it felt very poetic—not sure that’s an upsell to HS kids or not). The more poetic parts demanded re-reads (sometimes for plot, more often for b...