- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1069 KB
- Print Length: 400 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 3955334716
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Ylva Publishing; 1 edition (16 Dec. 2015)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B018SS4HAO
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #213,676 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I thought this was a novel that targeted a specific audience. I felt it was aimed at young adults and that it would be well accepted and appreciated by them, but also something that older lesbians could relate to.
A novel that deals with a young woman coming to terms with her sexuality and dealing with the problems associated with all aspects related to "growing up", parents, education a future profession and social acceptance.
I particularly appreciated that along with Claire learning to deal with her sexuality Claire is coming to terms with deciding on her future job prospects. The introduction to her working with young children brings another dimension and much appreciated diversity of culture to this interesting novel.
Ms Beirne manages to cover so many of the aspects a young person feels when trying to express their sexuality and I feel this book could help many young adult in realising what they feel and what they are experiencing is not unique to them.
I also appreciated the humour, particularly when the "dog whisperer" was alluded too. The colourful and diverse characters in this novel were also a pleasure to be introduced too.
Unfortunately the one thing that troubled me was my inability to warm to Claire's character. I found her immaturity for a twenty year old hard to accept, especially with the support system the author surrounded her with. Perhaps this immaturity was what the author aimed for but to me it was the only flaw in an otherwise excellent novel that I am sure will help many young adults in coming to terms with their own sexuality.
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So many romances focus on the initial "falling in love" phase without seeing what occurs afterwards when conflicts creep into the relationship. Here, we get it in a really realistic way. And the conflict isn't just one "break up" trope that the couple spends the book leading up to and then recovering from. No, this book has conflicts layered throughout and comes in many forms:
How does a couple nurture a new relationship when one works a day shift and the other a night shift and they barely get to see each other?
What insecurities come in when one person continues to go out and meet many new people while the other is left out?
What happens when one in the relationship starts a new friendship with someone of the same sexual preference and is seen as a potential rival?
Who wins priority between friendship commitments vs each of the girlfriend's commitments?
And then there's the whole baggage each person brings to the relationship that creates internal turmoil and projects issues onto the other...it's a mess, isn't it?
The author expertly navigates these troubles, though, in a mature and completely realistic way. A couple of things I predicted to happen, because they're tired or easy tropes used in other books, actually didn't occur while things I'd never seen before were fleshed out. This was just really well done.
It was excellent to see two people in a couple handle their issues with maturity while falling prey to their own dysfunctions. With a few hiccups here and there, Claire and Mia are actually sensitive to each other and communicate. We don't have one in denial or pushing the other away for one big make up scene in the end. No, we get a lot of make up scenes as they move through their issues and come out the other side better for it.
There's an element of a 'coming out' story here, as well, that unfolds throughout the book...and, anyone that is LGBT or in a nonconventional relationship knows, coming out isn't a one time event. It happens every day. This was another piece that was nicely handled.
In addition to the rest of the story, I particularly enjoyed the relationship dynamic between Claire and her mother. I liked it just as well in the first book but the second book continues their arc. Claire's mother echoes my own in a lot of ways and I find that Claire and I share some of the same traits as a result so I could relate.
Like 'A Story of Now', this book isn't just about the main couple but about how Claire and Mia interact with many people, family and friends. Claire and Mia aren't this isolated microcosm and it just makes the story feel bigger.
The one complaint I have, though not really, is as another reviewer mentioned from the first book, is regarding the amount of alcohol consumed. I'm not a drinker and never have been and it's college, so I get it...my friends did live that way but, boy, my stomach churned each time and I nearly got a headache with every hangover. I was always relieved when Claire or Mia would decide to abstain.
I really enjoyed this and definitely recommend. For its well executed and refreshing content I give this about a 4.6 stars and round up to 5.
We start the story with Claire freshly broken up with her boyfriend, dodging the issue of what she wants to do when she grows up. The author gifts us with a textured portrayal of this young woman who is all sharp edges and an equally sharp tongue to conceal her soft belly of insecurities and uncertainties, whose struggles and growth reminded me of a caterpillar metamorphosing into a lovely butterfly.
Her utterly endearing relationship with Mia changes so organically it felt inevitable. I was completely invested in how Claire - who prefers to punch someone in the arm than give a hug - was reduced to her most vulnerable self over the studious, earnest Mia. I loved how the author planted seeds throughout the novels that paid off later in the form of seeing those same actions through another character's eyes. These two novels felt like such a luxurious character study, where time is taken to give shading and depth to every single character, including the city of Melbourne. I was so disappointed to come to the end of Claire and Mia's story (and Robbie and Nina, among others!), and am hopeful that one day we might pick up with their adventures again.
Mia and Claire are two amazing characters. They are so different from each other, and yet their relationship so spectacularly works. Each of them has her own character flaws, and it is the other’s strength. In the last book (pause if you have not read the last one, go get it now, read this later!), we saw how Mia wavered with her sexuality, second guessing Claire’s interest in her and finally making that giant leap of faith and getting the girl. Claire was the strong one, while never being in a relationship with another girl, she didn’t make a big fuss about it, and it wasn’t a huge deal to her. She liked Mia romantically and that was enough. In this latest book, Mia is the quiet strength of the duo.
While the romance is alive and well between Claire and Mia, life tends to get in the way of that all-consuming love. Claire goes from being super slacker to being right on the cusp of getting her life in order. She is applying herself in regards to figuring out who Claire wants to be. She tends bar to have a cash flow, but she has begun volunteering at a community center for kids as well. Her days are filled with playgrounds and grant writing, and her nights filled with slinging booze. While Claire is running ragged, Mia has much more free time before she begins her medical studies. Here is where the conflict of the book lies.
Mia’s freedom is where Claire’s insecurities find a foothold. Claire is confident in who she is, but she also has insecurities. In her mind she often questions, “Is she enough for someone”? Her mother’s constant slights over time have worn her down, and her failed past relationship with Brendan has made her take pause when Mia begins to flourish socially. She begins to question her worthiness.
The conflict is understandable and relatable, and the dialogue is what makes this book flat out amazing. In my opinion, Emily O’Beirne does dialogue and character development with the best of the best. The interactions between the characters are the highlights of the book. The dialogue is how real people talk, whether they're flirting, romancing or fighting, it is just good! Tying it back to my marathon analogy, Ms. O'Beirne would have totally qualified for Boston with this book. Happy reading!
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