Review: Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

31180248.jpgSummary: Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended. 

Rating: ★★★★★

Rep: fat Jewish bi mc, f/f romance

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F/F YA: A Beginners Guide

So with the release of Leah On the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli I’ve decided to recommend some f/f YA books as I’m hoping that the book will make people more interested in reading them, so here’s some great recommendations!

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Review: Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

33163378.jpgSummary: Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her small-town Texas high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes and hallway harassment. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

Viv’s mom was a punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, so now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. Pretty soon Viv is forging friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, and she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Content warnings: misogyny, mentions of attempted rape

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ARC Review: Time Was by Ian McDonald

36347396Summery: In the heart of World War II, Tom and Ben became lovers. Brought together by a secret project designed to hide British targets from German radar, the two founded a love that could not be revealed. When the project went wrong, Tom and Ben vanished into nothingness, presumed dead. Their bodies were never found.

Now the two are lost in time, hunting each other across decades, leaving clues in books of poetry and trying to make their desperate timelines overlap. 

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Rep: m/m romance

Content warnings: war

Release date: 24th April 2018

Arc sent to me by publisher in exchange for a free and honest review

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eARC Review: Amelia Westlake by Erin Gough

33296203.jpgSummary: Harriet Price has the perfect life: she’s a prefect at Rosemead Grammar, she lives in a mansion, and her gorgeous girlfriend is a future prime minister. So when she risks it all by creating a hoax to expose the school’s many problems – with help from notorious bad-girl Will Everheart, no less – Harriet tells herself it’s because she’s seeking justice. And definitely not because she finds Will oddly fascinating. 

But as Will and Harriet’s campaign heats up, it gets harder for them to remain sworn enemies – and to avoid being caught. As tensions burn throughout the school, how far will they go to keep their mission – and their feelings for each other – a secret?

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Replesbian mcs, f/f romance, side Vietnamese character 

Trigger warnings: initially unchallenged racism

Release date: 2nd April 2018

I was sent an arc from the publisher in exchanged for a free and honest review 

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