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Peek Inside The November Girl

I’m Anda, and the lake is my mother. I am the November storms that terrify sailors, and with their deaths, I keep the island alive.
Hector has come to Isle Royale to hide. My little island on Lake Superior is shut down for the winter, and there’s no one here but me. And now him.

Hector is running from the violence in his life, but violence runs through my veins. I should send him away. But I’m half-human, too, and Hector makes me want to listen to my foolish, half-human heart. And if do, I can’t protect him from the storms coming for us.

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LOCUS Magazine: A Best Book of 2017!

Winner of the Nebraska Book Award in 2018!

I am Anda, and the lake is my mother. I am the November storms that terrify sailors and sink ships. With their deaths, I keep my little island on Lake Superior alive.

Hector has come here to hide from his family until he turns eighteen. Isle Royale is shut down for the winter, and there's no one here but me. And now him.

Hector is running from the violence in his life, but violence runs through my veins. I should send him away, to keep him safe. But I'm half human, too, and Hector makes me want to listen to my foolish, half-human heart. And if I do, I can't protect him from the storms coming for us.


"Three-dimensional vividness...An emotional and dramatic tale of an otherwordly relationship."– Kirkus Reviews

"...A romantic thriller with an original premise."   School Library Journal 

"Complex and haunting, The November Girl  looks for the light in the darkest of places. Powerful and evocative." Mindy McGinnis, Edgar Award-winning author of The Female of The Species

"Kang leaves the reader breathless as she brings the reader with Anda and Hector in a heart-pounding romance that must survive the storm."   Mia Siegert, author of Jerkbait

"With her trademark beautiful prose, Lydia Kang's love story between a troubled boy and a literal force of nature is exquisitely drawn and heart-wrenching. Set in the unforgiving autumn forests on Lake Superior's Isle Royale, you'll be rooting for Hector and Anda to find strength in each other despite very real threats beyond their control. Magical and thrilling, The November Girl will haunt you long after you finish." Maurene Goo, author of I Believe In A Thing Called Love

"The November Girl should be savored by lantern, under a wool blanket on a chilly rainswept night. Brimming with Lydia Kang's smart prose and evocative imagery, The November Girl is an atmospheric, haunting tale of love, sacrifice, and self-acceptance that builds like a rogue wave toward its stunning conclusion." Elle Cosimano, award-winning author of Nearly Gone

"An intense and beautifully written romance that had me bracing myself until the final page." Brenda Drake, NYT bestselling author of Thief of Lies

"Absolutely stunning in its beauty! I’ve never read a book quite like The November Girl. You don’t want to miss this unique and mesmerizing tale." Pintip Dunn, NYT bestselling author of Forget Tomorrow

"The November Girl is a magnetic, magical read, and one that should absolutely be on your to-read list.Hypable

5 stars: "Andy's loneliness is heart wrenching. Hector really made my heart ache though. This book is hauntingly beautiful and full of discovery. I highly recommend this young adult fantasy!" –Amy Leigh, Amazon Reviewer

5 stars: "I was left breathless from this novel. It was such a beautiful, dark, dangerous love story that is right up my alley. I was hooked and lost at sea, sucked in from the beginning." –Amanda Scheel, Goodreads Reviewer

5 stars: "Finding a book that takes you into a different world and allows you to experience it "first hand" is rare. I'm so excited about this book because it does all of that and so much more." –Leigh Creech, Goodreads Reviewer

5 stars: "[Lydia Kang] wove a lovely tale involving two people that were halves and made them whole as individuals and as one. [...] Typically I am not a fan of books without dialogue but this one reeled me in and kept me there until the last wave was gone." –Tammy, Goodreads Reviewer

5 stars: "Kang has a way with words that makes the setting of Isle Royale and the characters inhabiting it come to life in a magical and beautiful way. I'd read this again and would definitely recommend." –Leah, Write, Edit, Read, Repeat

5 stars: "The story was such a beautiful, dark, spooky, dangerous love story! Which is what I’m completely in to. I was fully captured since the beginning of the book. It was incredible to see how human beings are able to understand both good and evil. I LOVED IT!" –Kyree Hummel, Netgalley Reviewer

5 stars: "I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking to lose yourself in a good book. It's unique plot and well put together structure make it a no brainer!!" –Amber Koch, Amazon Reviewer

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633758278
Release Date: Nov 7, 2017
Page Count: 400
Imprint: teen
Genre: fantasy, young adult
Tropes: coming of age/family/social issues, forbidden love/off limits

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By Sara November 09, 2017

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What starts as an unusual romance develops into something wild and untamed in this unique tale of a girl, a boy, and the November storms. Hector is running from his home life, ending up on the deserted Isle Royale, when he meets Anda - ...more

By Lena March 24, 2018

*ARC in exchange for an honest review*

This book perfectly sums up everything I love about magical realism. It's a really eery story and sometimes it gets a bit creepy, but it's never horror so don't expect that.

Anda is the daughter of the lake, and she isn't used to being around other people than he ...more

By Sabrina November 28, 2017

Checkout my full review on my blog! http://omgbooksandmorebooks.blogspot....

tw: mention of child abuse, self harm (you will see it and hear about it)

"I am made of storms and corpses, of granite and paper-white birch. Trinkets and morsels of food haven't comforted me since I was a child. I'm not ...more

By Brenda June 13, 2017

An intense and beautifully written romance that had me bracing myself until the final page. Innocently dangerous Anda and wounded Hector tugged at my heart so hard that their journey left me breathless. Through both Anda's struggle not to give into her nature, Hector's need for love, and the desire ...more

By julianna ➹ November 22, 2017

Uhhhhhhhhh this book definitely isn't for everyone. I have many feelings about this book. I'm not sure of where to stand on whether I really liked this book or whether... this book didn't appeal to me as much as I expected.

That doesn't mean that it's bad! I'm sure a lot of people will be in love wi ...more

By Jenea October 26, 2017

The November Girl is one those books that while your reading it, you’re enthralled. So many things are going on, so many questions about the characters that you want answers for, that you kept reading and before you know it you are at the last page. But after I was done, I wasn’t sure at fist how I ...more

By Amy Leigh March 23, 2018

Anda is half human and half witch. Maybe not the type of witch you're thinking of. She is the November storm that shuts down her island Isle Royale every winter. Each and every year the island evacuates in October leaving Anda completely alone on the island. Even her father leaves.

Hector has a very ...more

By Kate May 27, 2017

This book breaks my heart and puts it back together again. A boy running from violence, a girl who's violence personified, both of them learning to deal with how human they really are. Part survival story, part magic. Take note of this one--you're going to love it and so will everyone else. ...more

By Ayah November 09, 2017

Child abuse: We didn't witness any of it, but we were told about it.
Self Harm: We get to both see it, and hear about it.

The November Girl is a fresh take on Magical Realism. It is a breathtaking story that stars a girl who is half human/half witch, and a boy who running away from his abusive Unc ...more

By Mia October 04, 2017

I read a galley of THE NOVEMBER GIRL and just--mind blown.

I don't even know where to begin with it, and I'm going to have to come back to the review later, but the literary writing with such relatable characters, staggeringly gorgeous prose, and the ability to make the reader feel like they're RIGHT ...more

By Tammy September 01, 2017

Ms. Kang has made me have feelings for shipwrecks and inanimate objects that include corpses. How did she do that? She wove a lovely tale involving two people that were halves and made them whole as individuals and as one. Anda's nature of violence with reason was terrifying and yet beautiful. Her l ...more

By Leah October 17, 2017

I enjoyed this novel a lot! While it was often slow at times, the writing was neat and easy to read. The pacing was generally smooth, and I liked that it wasn’t a single, first person point of view but showed both of them and clearly indicated when we were switching, without head hopping.

Additional ...more

By Jackie December 03, 2017

That... was actually so good omg I loved it?????

Here are 4 reasons why I think The November Girl was a brilliant read:

THE DIVERSITY: I think we’re all about that diverse life when it comes to picking out books to read, and that was definitely one of the reasons why I decided to pick up The November ...more

By Vicky October 27, 2017

If any book has a unique premise, this is it. I picked it up completely blind, not having read the blurb beforehand, and the result was a whole lot of confusion that still managed to hook me and keep me wanting to know more until the end: a testament to Lydia Kang’s writing skills.
As far as magical ...more

By Lauren September 19, 2017

Surrounding the bones of this PNR of two lonely teens falling in love, is a story that is deep in gorgeous imagery and heavy in themes. Although Hector and Anda seem very different at first, they have both grown up feeling like two halves of different things. He of two heritages ("Too Korean or too ...more

By Katherine November 22, 2017

Hector has one plan, and that is to escape his misery and live out on an abandoned island for a few months until he is 18 and free. But the island is not as abandoned as he anticipated. Instead, a strange girl-beast was left behind and he feels compelled to help her. But what he doesn’t know is that ...more

By Miranda November 08, 2017

The November Girl was a haunting and mesmerizing novel. This is one of those stories that pulls you in from the beginning and doesn't let go.

This was a story about love, loss, family, acceptance, and forgiveness. There were some gut-wrenching moments that I was not expecting, which I thought were e ...more

By Alexandra December 05, 2017

Lyrical, tragic and beautiful! ...more

By Leigh September 19, 2017

Finding a book that takes you into a different world and allows you to experience it "first hand" is rare. I'm so excited about this book because it does all of that and so much more. My favorite part of reading is when I can feel what the character feels even if I've never felt it. This book is a t ...more

By Tara November 19, 2017

The November Girl is a beautifully written novel that was touching, unexpected, and magical. Lydia Kang's writing is wonderfully atmospheric, painting the world in vivid and stunning detail. This magical realism story is definitely darker and creepier than I was expecting but I loved where the story ...more

By Stephanie November 12, 2017

'The November Girl' is a truly original young adult novel unlike anything I've read before. The description had me eager to read this book and the world that the author wove inside its pages was magical. She brought it to life with detailed descriptions and vivid imagery - I felt like I was right on ...more

By Amber: November 24, 2017


*I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and Entangled Publishers for review for a upcoming blog tour. This review is written based on my own thoughts and opinions on this book*

November Girl by Lydia Kang ...more

By Shenwei January 01, 2018

that was very intense 😱😱😱 incredibly haunting but also hopeful

TWs: self harm, CSA, death ...more

By LeAnn November 11, 2017

4.5 stars
Unlike anything else I've ever read. ...more

By Aneta November 23, 2017

Sometimes, the planets align, and book just feels right. Just perfectly right. This book was so beautiful it's left me speechless.

Reading it, I thought I never wanted it to be over. I never wanted it to end. And now it did, and I'm just left here crying and cursing myself for rushing it so much, bec ...more

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Lydia Kang

About the author

Lydia Kang

Lydia Kang is an author of young adult fiction, poetry, and narrative non-fiction. She graduated from Columbia University and New York University School of Medicine, completing her residency and chief residency at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. She is a practicing physician who has gained a reputation for helping fellow writers achieve medical accuracy in fiction. Her poetry and non-fiction have been published in JAMA, The Annals of Internal Medicine, Canadian Medical Association Journal, Journal of General Internal Medicine, and Great Weather for Media. She believes in science and knocking on wood, and currently lives in Omaha with her husband and three children.

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