On Rotation: A Novel by Shirlene Obuobi
In this dazzling debut novel, Shirlene Obuobi explores that time in your life when you must decide what you want and how to get it, all while navigating love, friendship, and the realization that the path you thought you were travelling has just taken some hard turns. Perfect for fans of coming-of-age novels like Sweetbitter and Grey’s Anatomy, On Rotation details a Ghanaian-American medical student balancing her need for self and romantic love with her professional aspirations.
In this novel of family, friendship, and finding your way in life, we meet Ghanaian-American Angie Appiah. She’s spent her life being the Perfect Immigrant Daughter, with her medical school credentials, handsome lawyer boyfriend, and ride or die friends. But what happens when it all starts falling apart at the seams? Her boyfriend dumps her, she bombs the test that will determine her future, and her closest confidante and roommate pulls away telling Angie she’s more wrapped up in herself than in her friends.
Angie is crushed. She’s always faced her problems by working “twice as hard to get half as far,” and until now, that’s done well for her. When did it all get so complicated? Suddenly, she begins to question everything. Her career choice, her friendships, even why she's attracted to men who don't love her as much as she loves them. And just when things couldn't get more confusing, enter Ricky, brilliant, thoughtful, sexy, but who has “wasteman” practically tattooed across his forehead. For someone whose always been in control of everything, Angie realizes that there’s one thing she can't plan on: matters of her heart.