Asha Bromfield has kept busy in her time since Riverdale. After leaving the drama, the actress continued to act but also started writing — and she’s excited to drop her first book, a YA novel title Hurricane Summer.
“[It’s] my love letter to the island of Jamaica, and I couldn’t be more excited to share it,” Asha tells Teen Vogue. “I spent many summers on the island — some of which birthed me. Some of which destroyed me. But all in which, above all, shaped me.”
The 25-year says she decided to write this book to explore the complexities of becoming a woman. “At its core, Hurricane Summer is about the spiritual wounding that can happen when a girl moves out of her teenage years and into her womanhood. The sexual trauma, heartbreak, and sorrow that too often accompanies that transition. It explores the deep resilience that young women are forced to acquire when their sexual nature is weaponized against them. When their pleasure is up for persecution.”
Hurricane Summer is described as: A powerful coming of age story that deals with colorism, classism, young love, sexism, and explores how the father-daughter relationship can shape the course of a young woman’s life. At its core, this debut takes the reader on a riveting journey that explores what it means to discover your own voice, in the center of complete destruction.
Asha’s book follows the canon of coming-of-age YA novels written by and about young Black women this year. The actress turned author contends that this book’s purpose is to guide young people, as it was cathartic for her to write.
“I found deep healing after writing this book, and my prayer is that it gives you the courage to confront your own storm,” she says. “But above all, I pray the hurricane leads you home.”
Hurricane Summer debuts May 4, 2021 here.