All seventeen year-old Grace Glasser wants is her own life. A normal life in which she sleeps in the same bed for longer than three months and doesn’t have to scrounge for spare change to make sure the electric bill is paid. Emotionally trapped by her unreliable mother, Maggie, and the tiny cape on which she lives, she focuses on her best friend, her upcoming audition for a top music school in New York, and surviving Maggie’s latest boyfriend—who happens to be Grace’s own ex-boyfriend’s father.
Her attempts to lay low until she graduates are disrupted when she meets Eva, a girl with her own share of ghosts she’s trying to outrun. Grief-stricken and lonely, Eva pulls Grace into midnight adventures and feelings Grace never planned on. When Eva tells Grace she likes girls, both of their worlds open up. But, united by loss, Eva also shares a connection with Maggie. As Grace’s mother spirals downward, both girls must figure out how to love and how to move on.
I received an ARC of this book from the Publisher as part of the Blog Tour. No compensation in any form was received for the review of this book.
Okay, first of all, I’m glad that I seem to be in a diverse reads marathon because the past several books that I recently read features an LGBTQ+ main character. Another thing is that I was really looking forward to reading this one, not only because I loved Ashley’s Suffer Love, but also, the main character is bisexual which I can identify with.
For some reason, I liked that the story started with a conflict. Grace was forced to live with his ex-boyfriend, Jay, because her mom was currently dating Jay’s dad. Isn’t there anything more awkward? To add, Grace’s mother was also unstable, so she basically learned to be more independent than she should be. To top that, her mother develops a bond with Eva, the girl she likes, and Grace felt a little betrayed by that.
I think I fell in love with Grace and Eva too early, because I always anticipate for their scenes together. They’re just so lovely and their chemistry was strong. I quite enjoyed the fact that they hit it off quickly, and how the whole thing unfolded was enjoyable to read. Grace was also able to explore her feelings and sexuality throughout the book and it was delightful to read because Ashley nailed it with her writing.
“Here’s the thing about wishers: they’re always changing you. They’re either dying out or they’re realized, and then they’re not wishes anymore.”
Another thing I loved about the book was Luca and his personality! I love how supportive he was of Grace and that he always has her back, and vice versa. Also, Luca’s relationship with his mom was tight, and free. I enjoyed their occasional banter, and of course, sweet scenes together.
I guess the only issue I had with the book was how little the situation about Grace’s mom, Maggie, was resolved. I think there could have been a better resolution for her situation. Also, it may be a little odd, but I would have loved to have seen more of Jay, his dad, and the overall home situation. Though I guess, I would understand why Grace would prefer to be not at home at all. However, I enjoyed the little interactions Grace had with Jay, especially towards the end of the book.
Overall, this book didn’t disappoint. Blake’s writing flows freely in this character-driven book. She nailed writing different kinds of relationships and all of those were shown in this book. I totally recommend this one especially if you’re looking for a sweet, yet poignant f/f YA.
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