If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo – Review (Blogmas)

Title: If I Was Your Girl

Author: Meredith Russo

Genre: LGBTQ+, Contemporary, YA

Publication Date: May 3rd 2016

Publisher: Osborne Publishing

Pages: 293

Summary: Amanda Hardy is the new girl at school. Like everyone, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is holding back. Even from Grant, the guy she’s falling in love with. Amanda has a secret. At her old school, she used to be called Andrew. And secrets always have a way of getting out.

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LGBTQ+ Book Club Update – Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Our LGBTQ+ book club has been running for quite some time now, and we’re on our fourth book of the club! We’re all so happy with how well received all these books have been and how many people are getting involved. More so, me and Sophie have been managing to read the same books every month, which never happens and was the ultimate goal of this whole book club.

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The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth – Review (Sophie)

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Author: Emily M. Danforth

Genre: YA, LGBTQ+, Fiction

Publication Date: 7th February 2012

Publisher: Harper Collins

Pages: 480

Summary: When Cameron Post’s parents die suddenly in a car crash, her shocking first thought is relief. Relief they’ll never know that, hours earlier, she had been kissing a girl.

But that relief doesn’t last, and Cam is soon forced to move in with her conservative aunt Ruth and her well-intentioned but hopelessly old-fashioned grandmother. She knows that from this point on, her life will forever be different. Survival in Miles City, Montana, means blending in and leaving well enough alone (as her grandmother might say), and Cam becomes an expert at both.

Then Coley Taylor moves to town. Beautiful, pickup-driving Coley is a perfect cowgirl with the perfect boyfriend to match. She and Cam forge an unexpected and intense friendship — one that seems to leave room for something more to emerge. But just as that starts to seem like a real possibility, ultra-religious Aunt Ruth takes drastic action to ‘fix’ her niece, bringing Cam face-to-face with the cost of denying her true self — even if she’s not exactly sure who that is. Continue reading

BEDM: Girl Hearts Girl by Lucy Sutcliffe Review (Sophie)

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It’s time for the first of our reviews for book two in our LGBTQ+ Book Club! If you haven’t been involved up to now, it’s super easy and there’s a long time frame. Girl Hearts Girl by Lucy Sutcliffe is our read for the months of May and June so if you want to read along with us and share your views, please do! You could comment, tweet us or even write your own blog post where you could tag us so we can see what you thought.

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Author: Lucy Sutcliffe 

Genre: Non-fiction, LGBTQ+

Publisher: Scholastic

Publication Date: 24th June 2016

Pages: 273

Summary: Lucy always knew that her idea of Prince Charming was different to that of other girls…

And then she meets Kaelyn online – and everything starts to make sense. Could her Prince Charming be a girl?

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BEDM: LGBTQ+ Book Club Update – Girl Hearts Girl by Lucy Sutcliffe

By now you must know that we are the hosts of the LGBTQ+ book club! We started this back in March and have chosen some LGBTQ+ picks for the whole of 2017 for you to get involved with reading. Every two months we have a new book for you to read-along with us.

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We Are Okay by Nina LaCour Review (Sophie)

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I know Sarah has reviewed We Are Okay already (stick with me) but the point of our LGBTQ+ Book Club is for us both to review the book separately! Sarah reviewed it about a month ago so it has probably been a nice break for everyone to now read another take on it. Nina LaCour’s latest release was our first choice because we both love her past books and honestly we couldn’t bear to leave We Are Okay waiting for months on our bookshelves! On with the details and review…

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Author: Nina LaCour

Genre: YA, Contemporary, LGBTQ+

Publisher: Dutton 

Publication Date: 14th February 2017 

Pages: 234

Summary: Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend, Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit, and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart. Continue reading

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour – Review (Sarah)

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As some of you may know, book club started a few weeks ago. The first book that we decided to share with everyone is We Are Okay by Nina LaCour. Both me and Sophie have enjoyed LaCour’s previous works, and could not wait to get around to reading her latest release…meaning it’s book club pick of the month! As an added book club bonus, it made sense that we both wrote reviews of the books we are reading, giving each of our views on the same book. Considering book clubs are about talking about books, why not? I finished We Are Okay before Sophie so my review will come first. I hope you’re enjoying book club and enjoying the first read!

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