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Published by Ylva Publishing on July 11th 2015
Genres: F/F, LGBTQI, Young Adult
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Nineteen-year-old Claire Pearson knows she needs a life. And some new friends.
But brittle, beautiful, and just a little bit too sassy for her own good sometimes, she no longer makes friends easily. And she has no clue where to start on the whole finding a life front, either. Not after a confidence-shattering year dogged by bad break-ups, friends who have become strangers, and her constant failure to meet her parents sky-high expectations.
When Robbie and Mia walk into Claire’s work they seem the least likely people to help her find a life. But despite Claire’s initial attempts to alienate them, an unexpected new friendship develops.
And it’s the warm, brilliant Mia who seems to get Claire like no one has before. Soon, Claire begins to question her feelings for her new friend.
The sequel, The Sum of These Things, will be released in late 2015. Paperback available July 15.
Length: approx. 140,000
Themes: Australia, lesbian, Melbourne, young adult, new adult
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This book was an emotional rollercoaster, it started quite slowly but totally relatable because Claire is a twenty years old looking for her way in life, clashing with her parents view of the world and specially the way they want her to live her life.
“Well, it’s not as if there aren’t any other options. It’s just that Claire can’t figure out what fits with her idea of herself in the world”
It’s focused mainly in Claire, her journey to find her place and definition of self separating herself from her parents and the world expectations, which I think we can all relate at some point of our lives even if we never acted upon it.
Claire meets Mia, a medschool aspirant, while she is working the bar and slowly builds a friendship that eventually (like halfway through the book) evolves in a romantic relationship.
I have to accept that I complained a lot about the pace of the book and how long it took to get to the romance part, I love slow burns as much as the next person but this was getting crazy, looking back I can appreciate a little more this slow build up (don’t get me wrong I still think it’s exaggerated but I sort of see the point).
When we finally hit that place of no return when you crush on your possibly best friend, when the excuses stop existing and you’re left to deal with the consequences of your acts it’s a scary place that I loved exploring with Claire, she is so brave and makes me wish I was this confrontational when I was in a similar spot, so this relationship and this dynamic won my heart. It made me incredibly happy to know there’s going to be a book two with a lot more of body and potential in the romance department.
That’s why I give this book 4 stars and please god give me a Mia