Forgive Me If I've Told You This Before
(review also posted here.)
I first discovered this book thanks to a review by Sara Quin of the band Tegan and Sara (she tweeted about it and also has a blurb on both the front and back covers of the book). I finally ordered a copy for Christmas and decided to make it my first read book in 2015 and, W ...more
Unique in its ability to communicate both a beautiful story, filled with well developed characters, and brilliant social commentary. In short, you will enjoy this book, and it belongs are not only your book shelf, but that of all your friends as well.
I originally wrote the rough draft of this review several weeks ago, as is my habit I put it aside awhile to rest before coming back to it. In that brief time span, however, Forgive if I’ve Told You This Before by Karelia Stetz-Waters was nominated for the...more
For me, books start out at three stars. That's the baseline. If they're good they can move up and if they stink they can move down, but a three-star rating means that the book was a solid, nothing groundbreaking but no actual bad parts read. I know this is not how many people on Goodreads rate books, but I rate books with a system that helps me remember how I felt about them when I look back through, not to appe ...more
But it is too angst, too sad, too drama. And that's is not the kind of story I want to read when I open a lgbt book. Specially when the main character is cute.
Triinu and most of the novel's characters are complex, and their motives are described or suggested in the deepest manner.
She's not strugling with her sexual identity only, but also with the process of growing up, leaving childhood.
There is almost no sex her ...more
How could I step out of my life of Scant/>How ...more
I loved that Triinu's home was filled with poetry and parents who loved each other. I liked Triinu's childhood best friend, Isabel, a lot and how she always managed to stay true to who she ...more
The setting, in both time and place, is very well defined. The temporal setting in the form of the social and political context, specifically the 1992 referendum on anti-gay measures in Oregon (Ballot Measure 9), provided a fascinating background that brought Triinu head-to-head with anti-gay discrimination. The feel ...more
Author: Karelia Stetz-Waters
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Coming of Age/Gay Fiction
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
This book was given to me by the publisher, Ooligan Press, through Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.
Part of the reason I love young adult fiction is a classic topic: coming of age. We can all relate to being a teenager. But the tric ...more
Forgive Me If I've Told You This Before is the story of a young, gay person growing up in a time when anti ...more
Going in to the book, I knew it was set in the 90's, and I knew that previous decades had some very rocky moments for LGBT rights. But learning about the Oregon Citizens Alliance - that was a bit of an eye open ...more
3.5 stars! This was wonderfully written and though it started very slow and didn't connect to Triinu's character right away I enjoyed it. I love how Triinu developed through out the novel in terms of finding out what and who she really is, search for true love and faithful friends.
Triinu's relationship with her parents was a refreshing take, it's rare to find a ...more
this book was the very first time ive ever seen myself in anything.
triinu is just like anyone else. shes still trying to figure out who she is, and along the way, she changes out the people who are important in her life. she slowly but surely is able to figure things out.
my favorite part about this book is that triinu doesnt seem to mind that shes a le ...more
Extra kudos for the music list in the back of the book.
Author Karelia Stetz-Waters brings additional significance and impact to Triinu’s fictional story by weaving it into a broader historical moment: the statewide election in 1992 that included Measure 9, an anti-gay ballot measure that would have required all governments i ...more
Wow. This book is beautiful in ways I cannot describe. I am completely swept off my feet by this book, and its beauty. Every moment is immortalised in such gorgeous language. It is so rare to find ...more