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"Filled with sweet moments of emotional connection." --Kirkus Reviews
"Theater kids will enjoy the behind-the-scenes look at summer stock, as will those looking for affirmation that romantic experimentation doesn't always lead to commitment or debilitating heartache."--The Bulletin
"Cherry's writing is smooth, and her characters are bright and full of humor. She explores Brooklyn's struggles with self-esteem and uncertainty about her sexuality with a sensitivity and openness that gives the story notable depth and should expand its audience beyond those who dream of the stage."--PW
-Filled with sweet moments of emotional connection.- --Kirkus Reviews
-Theater kids will enjoy the behind-the-scenes look at summer stock, as will those looking for affirmation that romantic experimentation doesn't always lead to commitment or debilitating heartache.---The Bulletin
-Cherry's writing is smooth, and her characters are bright and full of humor. She explores Brooklyn's struggles with self-esteem and uncertainty about her sexuality with a sensitivity and openness that gives the story notable depth and should expand its audience beyond those who dream of the stage.---PW
About the Author
Alison Cherry, author of Red, For Real, and The Classy Crooks Club, grew up in a suburb of Chicago and graduated from Harvard. She is a professional photographer and worked as a lighting designer for theater, dance, and opera productions for many years. During that time, she spent six months in the magical, exhausting world of summer stock theater, where everyone works 120 hours a week and survives on a mysterious elixir of caffeine, sugar, and adrenaline. Eleven years later, she's still trying to catch up on sleep. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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This book has good representation and holds value to the LGBT+ community.
The main character is in a unique place on the spectrum where she's mostly straight but is only romantically/platonically attracted to girls, which is an important place on the spectrum, because it's not talked about very much and deserves to be noticed.
It also has an openness about it when it comes to polygamous relationships vs monogamy. It shows that both is ok. It doesn't matter what you prefer.
It had an open ending and let the reader fill in the rest.
Despite it being very open-minded, this story had some frustrating variables. For one thing, Zoe and Brooklyn's whole relationship was problematic. Not once did they talk about things that bothered them. Brooklyn never told Zoe what she really thought about Zoe's open relationship.
Another thing, Zoe couldn't put two and two together and realize Brooklyn didn't want to have sex with her. And instead of sitting down to talk about it, she continued to insist on it. And Brooklyn didn't tell Zoe she was uncomfortable with her sexual advances. I know they're just kids, but even I knew at that age communication is key in a relationship.
Also, the open ending felt like the story was left with a huge hole of missing details. Brooklyn didn't even get to develop. She didnt even come to a resolution as to how she felt.
All in all, sadly, all the build up in the beginning lead up to nothing despite the good representation.
There are parts of the book i liked and other parts I don't. I was looking for an f-f romance with minimal LGBT themes and sex, and the book delivered. It feels like a coming-of-age story, where Brooklyn spends the summer learning to accept who she is. I thought it was written well. Personally, i'm not a big fan of the arts so references to the literature/musicals/plays were lost on me. It was written in such a way you don't have to know what Bye Bye Birdie is, so that wasn't a big problem.
I like how Brooklyn's relationship with Zoe develops over feelings and actions instead of over lust. Too many romance novels seem to be love-at-first-sight instead of developing over time.
A few plot points I didn't like in spoilers:
I would have liked it better if Russell wanted to be her friend from the beginning. Revealing he had a crush on her the whole time made me lose some respect towards him. Why can't he just care about her as a friend?
Similarly, why can't Zoe accept Brooklyn's sexuality and be ok as friends?