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Blurb (from Goodreads):
High-school junior Leila has made it most of the way through Armstead Academy without having a crush on anyone, which is something of a relief. Her Persian heritage already makes her different from her classmates; if word got out that she liked girls, life would be twice as hard. But when a sophisticated, beautiful new girl, Saskia, shows up, Leila starts to take risks she never thought she would, especially when it looks as if the attraction between them is mutual. Struggling to sort out her growing feelings and Saskia s confusing signals, Leila confides in her old friend, Lisa, and grows closer to her fellow drama tech-crew members, especially Tomas, whose comments about his own sexuality are frank, funny, wise, and sometimes painful. Gradually, Leila begins to see that almost all her classmates are more complicated than they first appear to be, and many are keeping fascinating secrets of their own.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
(Source: I was able to view a digital galley of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Algonquin Books and NetGalley.)
16-year-old Leila likes girls, but she just doesn’t know how to break the news to her friends and family. When a new girl at school seems to have an interest in her, Leila things that Saskia might even become her girlfriend, if all goes well.
Can Leila find the strength to tell her parents that she’s gay? And is Saskia the girl for her?
This was an okay story, but I think it might be aimed at the younger end of the young adult spectrum.
Leila was an okay character, and I felt sorry for her and the way Saskia behaved towards her. As if Leila wasn’t having a hard enough time of it trying to work out how to come out to her parents and friends, she didn’t need Saskia being nasty to her as well.
The storyline in this was okay, although it felt a little immature in places. The very start of the book also opened with a bit of an info-dump which was not the best start. I also wasn’t overly impressed with some of the lines that Leila came out with - "I feel like I have been punched in the vagina."
There was some romance, but I felt really sorry for Leila and the way it turned out, Saskia was not a nice person in the end.
The ending was okay, and I was glad that Leila had found support in her family, and a special someone too.
Overall; an okay GBLT story, but maybe more suited to 12-13 year olds?
6 out of 10.