Stella Lewis also has a plan: Finish her senior year as cheer captain, go to college, finally let herself flirt with (and maybe even date) a girl for the first time and go from there.
Fate has other plans for Kyle and Stella when they're paired up in their AP English class and something between them ignites. It's confusing and overwhelming and neither of them know what to do about it. One thing they do know is that their connection can't be ignored. The timing just isn't right.
But is there ever a good time for falling in love?
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3 stars — This one had potential, and I was excited to read another F/F, but unfortunately it fell flat. The storyline was actually kind of boring, there was barely any conflict. I mean, I don’t mind lots of happy times, but there has to be something driving the story. The editing was HORRIBLE. And this is coming from someone who forgives a lot when it comes to editing, b/c I know it can be expensive, and nobody catches everything. BUT, in addition to the typos and other grammar problems, the author completely botched the whole dialogue thing, so most of the time you really had to sort through it to figure out who was speaking, and even then it was hard to tell. Basically she would have actions of the other character in the same paragraph of the current speaker, and so it was impossible to follow who was speaking and when it changed. When it’s a challenge to read, then it needs to be (re)edited. There were also loose story threads (graphic design, book blogging?) and continuity issues (Stella’s last name changed, was Davies at one point). The voices of our two main characters were remarkably similar for two girls who really weren’t that similar at all. Both characters also felt kind of two dimensional…there was an attempt at depth, but it just didn’t feel like quite enough for me. I thought both Stella and Kyle were all right, but I never really fell in love with either of them, or developed a strong connection. The reason for Stella’s meanness was not bad, but I felt like I wanted more…especially with the way she would constantly push Kyle away. The romance was pretty good…I did feel a connection between the two. I feel like I should note that the steamy parts went a bit more explicit than I was anticipating for YA — so I would categorize this as mature YA. It was nice to have a book where the girls got a good coming out experience, but it was so unremarkable it began to feel unrealistic. Particularly with Kyle…if Kyle didn’t know about herself, how did her BFF Grace know? Honestly, I was a bit bummed that bisexuality was completely glossed over in this story. I actually thought for sure Kyle was going to be bi since it felt like at the beginning of the story she eluded to attraction to boys. Honestly, it’s not that big a deal, I’m sure this is a valid progression for many homosexuals, it just felt like a missed opportunity (especially when I keep reading about the problem of bi-erasure). This is all feeling like a very negative review, but honestly it wasn’t that. I think I was just disappointed. It was a very fluffy story, with lots of cute moments, and happiness, and lovey stuff…which is not bad, but just could have used a plot arc. Hence the 3 stars. Not a bad book, just somewhat unremarkable for me.
I'm torn about how to rate this book. On the one hand, we need more lesbian (and lgbt+ in general) books where things go well and life is generally good. So I'm glad it exists. On the other hand, there wasn't really all that much tension, which made the book less interesting than it could be. I would have liked more of a reason why Kyle and Stella were drawn to each other from the beginning other than they're attractive. Had that part been more developed, I would've bumped this up another star. The biggest complaint I have about this book, though, is how hard it is to tell the difference between the characters. Even though the sections were labeled, I frequently forgot which POV we were in, and even when I knew who the "I" and "she" were, it was still difficult to tell who was talking most of the time. The following example happens so many times in this book, I almost put it down: "Character one says something." Character two responds to it. If you're not going to use dialogue tags, the text next to the dialogue should tell us who's saying it. If Stella's talking, Kyle's reaction to it should be a new paragraph. Otherwise I think Kyle is talking, and then I eventually realize I'm wrong and have to go back to the last time a "she" or name was used and figure out who said what. If the characters had been more different, maybe it wouldn't have mattered as much. If who had been speaking had been clearer, maybe I would have been able to tell the characters apart better. I'm really not sure which is the bigger problem, but both kept me from enjoying this book as much as I thought I would. That said, it as a fluffy romance, and sometimes that's what you need. I understand why this book was important to the author and why it would be important for others looking for f/f romances. Not my favorite read, but I'm still interested in reading other works by this author.