Have you ever read a book that just had you saying WOW at the end?
WOW in a good way, that is.
WOW in the way that your brain was just put through the ringer because you had to think constantly throughout the whole book, constantly had to wonder how you would feel in the protagonist's shoes. Constantly had to put yourself in the shoes of the supporting characters and see if you would react the same as they did, or if your reaction would be different.
Queer Greer is that book for me.
At first I wasn't sure if I liked Greer, but as I learned more about her, walked in her shoes so to speak, I began to love her. I believe that her journey into discovering her sexuality is something that everyone goes through. A person's sexuality is not black or white - it may be blue or pink or purple. Gay or straight or bisexual.
Greer, as so many people can attest to, tried to be straight when she met Cameron, but there was Becca. Gorgeous, confident, out and proud Becca. I've known - and dated - way too many Camerons in my lifetime. Guys who are all about breaking the rules, doing manly things, but never doing what they long to do deep down. Play the guitar. Sing in front of a crowd. I don't think in my high school days that I knew many Beccas.
Queer Greer takes you on her journey from apparent "straight girl" to "secretly gay" to "the closet's been open". You may not agree with Greer's tactics, you may not agree with how she copes, but you will feel her pain and frustration as she follows her path.
I would recommend this book to EVERYONE. Especially young teens who question their own sexuality or who aren't sure that anyone else feels the way they do. Someone does, and they will help you through it. You just have to find that person.
I'm required to acknowledge that I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for my review, good or bad. I received no other compensation and wasn't required to give it a positive review.
Wow, just WOW. Did I really just read that?!
Reflection is one of those books that grips you from just about the beginning and doesn't let go. I read the first chapter for the follow-up novel, Reaction, and felt like my heart shattered when there was no more to read.
Yeah, it was THAT good.
It took me a bit to understand what was going on, especially with the narration swap. There were times when I'd try to guess at what would happen next, but it was pretty pointless - my guessing that is. The story followed it's own timeline
Heather is a feisty character, full of spunk and determination. She's vulnerable, almost to a fault, and can drive a person insane at times. Nick is just...he's one of very few male characters I've ever fervently wished to be real. He reminds me of a cowboy, staid and true.
The one character that I wish had been fleshed out more is Creed. I know he wasn't integral to the majority of the story, but he was still a very important part of Heather's life, as can be seen by the numerous times he popped up.
This had a very "If I Stay" feel to it at times, which isn't a bad thing - IIS is one of my favorite YA books ever written in the last 37 years.
Keep some tissues handy the closer you get to the end of the book, you may need them.
Handy Dandy Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of Reflection from the author as part of R2R program in exchange for my review. All thoughts are my own.
I received a review copy in exchange for my honest review.
This was an interesting book. I wouldn't classify it as a romance as there really wasn't any. It was more or less about a woman who works her butt off as an intern at an architectural firm in Atlanta to help pay the upkeep on her beloved family home in a small town hours away from the city hoping to be hired on in a full-time position. She finds out that there's a man who's buying up property all around her, but she refuses to sell.
Meryl is a bright young woman with what looks to be a solid future. She's not overly worried about marriage or children; she's very career-oriented. As the book goes along she learns a lot about herself and the world around her.
Lisa and Kim were great secondary characters that made me giggle. Riccardo, I'm still not sure if I liked him or not. In fact, you really don't get to know much about him as he's very secretive.
Other than some editing and grammar mistakes, I really enjoyed this book and hope there is a sequel.