I mentioned in my 2020 Releases post that Becky Albertalli is an author I’d like to read and lucky for me, she has a great backlist of books to choose from!
Unfortunately, I don’t think I picked the best one to start with. This book fell quite short of my expectations but I’m hoping it’s only up from here.
The best thing I can say about this book is that it was age appropriate. It was a queer teen love story. I don’t even want to call this a romance. It didn’t feel like a romance, really at any point in the book.
In fact, there really wasn’t… much, in this book. I personally don’t know what the plot was or where it was supposed to go. The conflict(s) seemed weird, exaggerated, and childish.
I am 26 and I still read a lot of YA. I’ve never felt “too old” to understand or enjoy YA but this book just made me feel like I was too old for it. I just didn’t really understand why half of the things that happened needed to happen.
Do I think others would like this book? Sure! Perhaps people that don’t read a ton of romance or don’t care about the typical HEA (happily ever after) would enjoy this one. Will I read another Albertalli book? Yeah, probably. Unless something is egregious, I’m a “three-strikes-you’re-out” type of reader. I like to give authors a couple chances before I abandon them completely.
Have you read any other Albertalli books you’d recommend? Let me know in the comments below!