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3.82  ·  Rating details ·  890 ratings  ·  67 reviews
From the author of Taking Flight comes a new young adult lesbian romance:
High school junior Kayla and her two best friends have always been close. Even after Kayla becomes a cheerleader with a basketball star boyfriend, Riley falls in with the skaters, and Evan loses himself in school, the three remain dedicated to their promise to each other: to remain friends no matter w
Kindle Edition, 216 pages
Published September 9th 2015
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Lexxi Kitty
This book is the last one I had not yet read – so now I’ve read everything published by this author. I was going to say that it was also my least favorite, but I see another one that I marked the same rating, and looking over it, and recalling it, that other book is ‘worse’ so this is my second least favorite book by this author.

This is the story of three friends – they were friends as children, and they are still friends now that they are in high school, even though the three might not normally
Quick, fun read. The story was cool and the girls were super adorable together and Siera Maley writes the sweetest hilarious moments, but things just felt very rushed. I kept comparing this to Dating Sarah Cooper which I read recently, and the similarity that caught my attention the most was that they're both written in first-person so you read all about what the protagonist is feeling, but you can still perfectly tell how the other female lead feels too. The author writes all sorts of hints int ...more
Laura S
4 Stars - very enjoyable YA coming out story

I enjoyed this coming of age and coming out story of 3 best friends figuring out their feeling for each other. Everything was very PG and I liked the resolution at the end. There was no unneeded angst.
This isn’t Maley’s first published book but I’m super curious if she wrote it earlier than her other books. By far it’s the least polished of hers that I’ve read and it felt a lot younger than her other writings. Even though the story takes place at the end of junior year, going on senior year the characters seemed more like 14/15 to me and the narrative skated the surface more than I’m used to with her other books.

Overall, it’s an okay read and has its place. The story centers around a girl wh
Sabrina Grafenberger
I don’t think this book is as good as Siera Maley’s Dating Sarah Cooper and Colorblind but it’s still a cute coming-out story with emphasis on friendship, funny dialogues and adorable characters. ...more
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Things between all of us were just showing signs of being on their way back to normal, but every time Riley and I looked at each other, I could tell we were both thinking about ruining it all."
3.5 stars. High school best friends who discover they have feelings for each other. Predictable but cute. :)
Well... sometimes teen angst isn't that bad for the soul.

Gotta be in the mood for it, though!
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representation: bisexual mc, lesbian li, lesbian side character, #ownvoices author

Kayla, Riley, and Evan have been best friends their entire lives, and vow to not let high school ruin their bond. When Kayla becomes the typical popular cheerleader who dates jocks and her two friends stay in the shadows, they still remain best friends. However, after a night at prom that ends with Kayla freshly dumped by her boyfriend and her two other best friends in a relationship, things become complicated. Kay
May 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-lgbt
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Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: f-f-books
i love love loved this book so so much. everything about it was amazing!!! the friendship!!! the relationship!!! it was so realistic. i think my favorite part was the fact that no one put a ton of pressure on who their first kiss was and what it was supposed to mean to them. their first kiss didn’t Have to be special and it wasn’t made out to be some big deal. im not sure if that makes a whole lot of sense but it was something i loved so much about this book. everyone PLEASE READ THIS BOOK!!!
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
- Simultaneous self discovery and realizing feelings for your best friend within a group of friends is my favourite love/hate trope
- I love it because it unleashes so many feelings in myself and I’m for some reason at my most empathetic
- That said I “hate” it because heartache sucks,, I don’t want it (but I do want it you know)
- This is my fourth siera Maley book now and idk why I’m surprised that I also loved this one
- The great take away from this and many other books with this dynam
Aug 09, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 this is my last kindle unlimited trial book and it is a good one to end on. There were a few parts I felt a bit off about but overall it was good. Thank goodness I am free from kindle unlimited it was not for me
Sep 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
An extremely generous 3 stars.

I didn't realize when I read this that it was the same author who wrote Taking Flight, but in retrospect I can see a LOT of similarities.

Like Taking Flight, this book isn't bad, but it's not particularly good either. It's as middle of the road basic as you can get. But it kept my attention the whole time and more positive representations of bi main characters are always good, so there's that.

Sometimes things are just TOO on the nose, though, which often gives it a
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sapphic
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charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
possibly the weakest of siera maley's contemporaries, i got kind of bored after they'd got together and the last 15% or so was just them going around telling people but whatever

Rep: bi mc, lesbian li, lesbian side character
Claire (Book Blog Bird)
Part 3 of 4 of my Siera Maley binge ...

This was my least favourite of the books. It was still ok, but Evan really annoyed me. I spent most of the book wishing the two girls would just kick him to the kerb and ride off into the sunset on a big, gay, rainbow-coloured unicorn.
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
a solid 3.5 sometimes siera maley just hits different
Aug 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars
wayyy too short
Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is another solid entry from Siera Maley. A bit lighter than Dating Sarah Cooper, On the Outside did cover some similar ground. Both were about high school girls coming to terms with their own sexuality, both dealt with friendships turning to love under difficult circumstances.

Dating Sarah Cooper felt a little edgier, though; it had more bite, it examined the different reactions to homosexuality and bisexuality, it looked at GSAs and LGBTQ+ resource centers. While the issues in Dating Sarah
On the Outside is all about a trio of friends: Kayla, Riley, and Evan. They've been friends since first grade, and before starting high school promised to stay best friends no matter what. It's been hard, but they've managed to stay friends, although not quite as close. Most of this is because Kayla has a boyfriend, but as soon as they break up, Riley and Evan start dating making things even more awkward. More awkward still would be Kayla realizing that she's jealous because she likes Riley too! ...more
Michele Rivera
Jan 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I really loved Riley's character. I wish there were more scenes with her in them. I really didn't like Evan. I was hoping he'd grow on me but he only annoyed me more and more as the story progressed. I would have loved more intimate scenes between Kayla and Riley, but I also can appreciate that is young adult. That said, I would've been content with more kissing even. I do like this author though, but I'm not particularly fond of this book. I am giving this book three stars instead of two becaus ...more
Sep 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt, lesbian, ya, lesbian-ya
I received an advanced copy from Siera, and I'm so glad that I did! I think I read it all the way through in one sitting. It was adorable and the couple (Kayla and Riley) were even more so. And as much as I wanted to hate Evan for being in the way, I just couldn't, poor guy. Great addition to the genre, and something we need more of! ...more
Dessy Hristova
Apr 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read this in like... a few hours. I just couldn't put the book down. I love teen angst and the whole storyline is amazing. <3 This is the second book i've read by Siera Maley and I believe she is well on her way to becoming my favourite author. ...more
Oct 21, 2015 rated it liked it
If you like teenage angst and high school drama, this book is definitely perfect for you.
Apr 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
Felt quite slow, and I didn't love the characters, but it was an okay read overall. ...more
Roxie Prince
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Read this review and more on my blog at [Roxie Writes].

‘On the Outside’ by Siera Maley
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Finished on February 23, 2018
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Kayla has had the same two best friends since she was a small child. She, Evan, and Riley have always been there for each other and when they started high school, they vowed to never let anything (or anyone) come between them.

As things tend to go and a
Raven Etheridge
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Siera Maley does it once again! Man, I'm on a book binge and I've managed to read four books by her in a span of two days and I am loving every single bit of it!

To me, this is a plot line that is often done wrong on several occasions and put through hell. Usually when there is a group of three and two of them starts to date and the odd one out realizes that they like one of the two that are dating, it becomes a mess. Oftentimes, ending the childhood friendships and it's just really toxic to see.
Dyslexic Bookmonster
Oct 30, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: lgbtqia, young-adult
After having read most of Siera Maley's books, I have come to the conclusion that I just really don't like how she brings her stories. This is why:
Endless amounts of (teenage) drama. There is always at least one in the closet and new to being gay/bisexual (which is not a bad thing, I mean the characters are young adults, of course, they have not got it all figured it out. Yet it does annoy me how stereotypical they all fall into the same patterns).
Little to no cute interaction between the charac
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I decided to read this one after finishing up Dating Sarah Cooper by the same author. I really enjoyed the way friendship and relationships were handled. It’s clear that a lot of thought went into deciding what solution would be realistic given the circumstances of the three main character’s relationships with each other. I loved the dynamic between all of them so much! It all felt very oragnic.

The way the author wrote the introspection Kayla goes through while trying to figure out how she felt
Sep 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
On the Outside — Sierra Maley(12 chapters) September 27-29, 2020

I think I have read this author before. I like her stories and the way that the books read so life-like. This story feels like the real thing. For the protagonist to have doubts, to coming into it possibly accepting it, to work through the conflicts with it, and come out the other side as mostly whole is a good story to read.

The plot wasn’t rushed and the friends/characters all were realistic. The character interactions were nice to
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Siera Maley was born and raised in the southern Bible Belt. After coming out as a lesbian as a teen, she relocated to a more suburban area and now lives with her girlfriend and very adorable dogs while she works on writing young adult lesbian fiction.

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