Rachael Lippincott and Alyson Derrick
This is a fabulous and unique book set in college about two girls figuring out who they are and finding themselves in each other – it's a great read!
Recommended Age Level: 13+
Alex Blackwood is a little bit headstrong, with a dash of chaos and a whole lot of flirt. She knows how to get the girl. Keeping her on the other hand…not so much. Molly Parker has everything in her life totally in control, except for her complete awkwardness with just about anyone besides her mom. She knows she’s in love with the impossibly cool Cora Myers. She just…hasn’t actually talked to her yet.
Alex and Molly don’t belong on the same planet, let alone the same college campus. But when Alex, fresh off a bad (but hopefully not permanent) breakup, discovers Molly’s hidden crush as their paths cross the night before classes start, they realize they might have a common interest after all. Because maybe if Alex volunteers to help Molly learn how to get her dream girl to fall for her, she can prove to her ex that she’s not a selfish flirt. That she’s ready for an actual commitment. And while Alex is the last person Molly would ever think she could trust, she can’t deny Alex knows what she’s doing with girls, unlike her.
As the two embark on their five-step plans to get their girls to fall for them, though, they both begin to wonder if maybe they’re the ones falling…for each other.
This was such a fun book! I loved following the story through both Alex's and Molly's perspectives, and watching them slowly fall for each other despite (and because of) their differences was so heartwarming. It was somehow both an unexpected and inevitable romance just waiting to happen, and it was such a lovely story. I also really enjoyed how even though their friendship blossoming into a love story was the focal point of the story, the book also tackled some of the other elements of their lives with grace and ease. It is also difficult to find a queer romance where a big plotpoint isn't that the characters are figuring out that they are queer (which is not a bad thing at all – it is very important, actually), but this story followed two characters who were already secure and comfortable with their sexualities, which is refreshing and difficult to find in YA books. I would highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a modern and unique YA romance!
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