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on May 19, 2013 :
I did a beta read for this one as someone who had not read the first two books in the series. She explained enough about the history behind the characters to lead into the current situation without me feeling lost. The characters are well developed, and have progressed from the previous books (that again, I have not read). The relationships are certainly awkward, but that is what I appreciate about her writing. Her stories are less predictable because she creates situations where social mores are challenged. Victoria is a young college student now, and is caught with conflicting emotions about different love interests, with both presenting significant challenges. It is interesting to see where the maturity lies in the characters, and also how immaturity gets in the way.
VVALS can be read as a standalone, but I am sure that it would be best appreciated in the series. I intend to go back and read the first two books because I obviously missed some major lesbian drama, and want to learn more about the peripheral characters that were central to the previous books. I appreciated the book for the challenges she presents, the emotionally charged responses that people have and what drives them. She writes with a sense of humor, so it is not heavy. VVALS has a moderate steam level, and includes some modern day romancing via social media.
Reading her work in general, I question myself as to why the characters should not be allowed to have a relationship (Switch). We can all attest to the fact that love is often awkward and difficult and does not always conform to the norm. And, that sometimes it is worth the trouble to push the envelope. I do recommend "Victoria's Very Awkward Love Story", and encourage you to check out some of her other books as well. I like short stories, and have enjoyed those as fun and funny long before I read this. One of my personal favorites is Cupid Pulls a Prank involving a Democratic female presidential candidate and a Republican female presidential candidate. If that's not awkward, I don't know what is.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)