*I received a digital ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*
About the book:
Title: Read Me Like A Book
Author: Liz Kessler
Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, romance, LGBTQ, young adult
Ashleigh Walker is in love. You know the feeling – that intense, heart-racing, all-consuming emotion that can only come with first love. It’s enough to stop her worrying about bad grades at college. Enough to distract her from her parents’ marriage troubles. There’s just one thing bothering her . . .
Shouldn’t it be her boyfriend, Dylan, who makes her feel this way – not Miss Murray, her English teacher?
A thought-provoking coming out story from a highly skilled author.
Source: Thanks so much to Candlewick Press for providing me with an e-ARC via Netgalley!
How I Found Out About It: Netgalley
Review: This was one of my first F & F romance reads (and, for that matter, one of my first reads with one of the protagonists being LGBTQ), and I have to tell you that it does not disappoint! It’s basically about a high-school girl named Ashleigh who, on the outside, seems to be leading a normal life. She has good friends who really support her, she gets okay grades, and her family seems pretty nice. At a party, she meets a boy named Dylan, and the two hit it off, so they start dating. Ashleigh thinks she likes him, but then she gets a new English teacher named Miss Murray, and she experiences the feelings of having a real, actual crush for the first time. At first, she has no idea what is making her so nervous around Miss Murray. Besides, she’s just a teacher, and she isn’t supposed to feel this way towards a teacher, right? Her feelings then end up getting out of control and she has to face the fact that she may actually be in love with her. Her brain was saying no, but her heart was saying yes, so her heart obviously shut down the feelings coming from her brain. In addition to this issue, her marks in all her classes (expect for English, obviously because of Miss Murray) were slipping, her parents weren’t really getting along, and she had a couple of fallouts with her friends. Miss Murray seemed to be the only person whom she felt could make her feel better about all the stress happening in her life. I really enjoyed the writing style in this book. The author seemed to really know how teens of today’s age are like, and she did a great job of portraying that in the story! In all honesty, I didn’t feel like I had too much in common with Ashleigh while reading this, but I can definitely understand how other people could relate to her. She is pretty extroverted, but she still goes through her identity struggles, just like so many other teens! Despite that, I found her to be really courageous and strong in a difficult time in her life, and she didn’t let any of the stress get to her. Also, once she found out that she was LGBTQ, she was so brave when she decided to admit it! She was really accepting of how she turned out to be, and only wanted to make the best out of it. And Miss Murray just seemed so awesome! She really cared about her students, and she seemed to make life so much better not just for Ashleigh, but for her whole class, and I love teachers who are bubbly and kind like she was! I would recommend this book to any teen who is still trying to find out their identity and place in the world, as this is a very honest look at being LGBTQ, and even if you’re not, I still think many teens will be able to see the world differently once they read this book! Get ready for June 14th, 2016, when this book will be released!
Rating: 4/5 Stars!