Published by Little Brown on September 2013 (first published October 2012)
Genres: LGBT+, Young Adult
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Astrid Jones lives in small Unity Valley, where every little - or big - thing becomes the talk of the town.
This book, from Astrid’s perspective, tells us about her struggles with her sexuality and the gossip in a small town. And admittedly the book fooled me the first few pages. I was afraid it was going to be another “girl meets girl” cliché. In a way that’s what this book is, BUT it’s also so much more. An amazing, quirky, young adult meets lgbt novel!
It’s reality and setbacks but it’s so darn hopeful and positive at the same time. It’s funny and clever and thoughtful. It doesn’t judge. It’s about Astrid Jones but it’s about so much more than Astrid. It’s a book I can identify with, and I’m sure I’m not alone. It’s exactly the kind of novel that I wish I had read when I was a teen.
I managed to make the book sound entirely like a cliché… But I’m not stopping here.
There’s a wonderful little twist of magical realism (actually more than one) that works ridiculously well. Astrid feels she has no one near her to give her love to, so she sends her love up to ‘the passengers’ in the overflying airplanes. And so we get to know the passengers, just a little.
I adored this book from the start! The best I’ve read in the genre so far 🙂