Author: Chelsea M. Cameron
Genre: Contemporary, LGBT
Category: New Adult
Kyle Blake likes plans. So far, they’re pretty simple: Finish her senior year of high school, head off to a good college, find a cute boyfriend, graduate, get a good job, get married, the whole heterosexual shebang. Nothing is going to stand in the way of that plan. Not even Stella Lewis.
Stella Lewis also has a plan: Finish her senior year as cheer captain, go to college, finally let herself flirt with (and maybe even date) a girl for the first time and go from there.
Fate has other plans for Kyle and Stella when they’re paired up in their AP English class and something between them ignites. It’s confusing and overwhelming and neither of them know what to do about it. One thing they do know is that their connection can’t be ignored. The timing just isn’t right.
But is there ever a good time for falling in love?
I was in the mood to read f/f romance books and I remembered seeing some recs over at wordwoonders and headed there immediately. I picked this book from Fadwa’s recs and I absolutely loved it. Click here to see her recommendations post.
It’s almost the cliché that we’ve all read about the popular kid and the nerd, only they’re both girls. Stella is the immaculate, beautiful and popular girl who is rude and cold as ice to everyone. Kyle is the nerd who hides behind glasses and fiddles with her hair when nervous.
Both of them are in their senior year and can’t wait to get to college so they can be who they want and they’ve got different plans. But then one day they get paired up in English and suddenly they’re drawn to each other.
How was it possible that you could be in school with someone for nearly four years and then BAM, you can’t stop thinking about them or staring at them or wondering about them…
Content warning: on-page explicit content.
Firstly, I loved both leads. As the book goes on, we discover more about them as they get to know each other and peel back layers. It made me very invested in them.
I really liked the relationship growth between the two and each having their own issues with being gay. Stella knew for years while Kyle is only now figuring out. Stella has been closed off, not allowing anyone to get close to her. Her plan is to finish high school, go to college and be as gay as she wants. Kyle’s plan is to keep her head down, get through high school and find a guy she likes in college because she likes no one in school. It was beautiful to see them gravitate to each other.
Do I have to call myself a lesbian now?
No. You can be gay or queer or whatever you want. You don’t owe anyone a label.
It’s the book for people struggling with their sexual identities because this book explains that IT IS OKAY to not be what everyone expects/wants you to be.
I have so many questions about this. There really should be a rulebook.
But the best part was that it was like any other cutesy contemporary, only with two female leads.
I adored Stella and Kyle. Both of them are different in many ways but are also similar in quite a few things, which they figure out soon. I loved the relationship between them and it gave me all the adorable swoony feels.
The book did show a scenario of acceptance in areas, of how it should be, but it also showed the difficulties in being gay in high school. The fears, insecurities and worries that teenagers have usually is accompanied with identity crises.
You know, it always fascinates me that when people are having a child, they say ‘we don’t care what we have, as long as it’s healthy’but if that child turns out to be gay, or transgender, suddenly that’s not good enough.
The book addressed issues, as quoted above, which queer people face. The acceptance, worries about what people will think and also the underhanded and subtle things like the mainstream assumption that if a teenage girl looks happy, it’s because of a boy.
Another thing I hugely appreciate was the normalization of female masturbation. If you see any straight new adult book, you’re more likely to read about the guys masturbating but very less likely to read about the girl. I could probably count in my one hand the number of times I’ve seen female masturbation mentioned in books unless it holds something in the plot.
I don’t know about others but I always found it as if women don’t masturbate at all, which is stupid. Why are there so many explicit mentions about guys but girls are supposed be “innocent”. So yeah, the blatant normalization of female masturbation made me happy.
I really liked it! I definitely recommend if you are looking for a contemporary book with lead f/f pairing.