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The Inside of Out

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  772 ratings  ·  172 reviews
When her best friend Hannah comes out the day before junior year, Daisy is so ready to let her ally flag fly that even a second, way more blindsiding confession can't derail her smiling determination to fight for gay rights.

Before you can spell LGBTQIA, Daisy's leading the charge to end their school’s antiquated ban on same-sex dates at dances—starting with homecoming. An
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published May 31st 2016 by Dial Books
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Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: by-me
Everything that happened in this book was EXACTLY what I wanted to have happen. Crazy, right?! Five stars.
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Rating: 4.5 Stars

I feel like most readers will dislike this book for two reasons—an unlikable heroine and an understated romance—which makes me achingly sad. Thorne’s debut, The Wrong Side of Right, was a perfectly constructed contemporary romance. It featured a protagonist we were familiar with—shy, submissive, and eager-to-please—which made it easy to root for her, support her, and grow alongside her as she found her backbone and stood up for herself. But Daisy, the heroine of The Inside of Ou
Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
 Overall, this book was a well-intentioned read that raised interesting topics, but my dislike of Daisy and her portrayal of asexuality made it hard for me to really enjoy it.
I really can't get over the portrayal of asexuality in this story. This is a very personal problem as I myself am asexual and am crazy about awareness; as such, I expect that most others wouldn't notice that anything was at fault and would enjoy the book nonetheless. However, a very 2D portrayal of asexuality was made, and
Taylor Knight
Jun 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I had a lot of mixed feelings while reading this book but I ended up really liking it.
I really love the overall concept of this book, I really do, but I think the message of this book was sidelined a few times.
Daisy is a really cool character and I liked her character development but I was frustrated with her a lot. I understood why she did the things she did but I also wanted to jump into the book and tell her to just chill for second. But I was very frustrated with Hannah as well. This whole
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
I had a lot of problems with this book. Sure, it's great to have a book with a lot of diversity sexuality-wise. But I just hated how the MC kept appropriating several different sexual orientation (and I'm pretty sure the author did little to no research at all about asexuality. I hated the portrayal of it). Many of the other characters felt sort of stereotypical and I just wasn't the biggest fan of it. I did appreciate that privilege was discussed, but overall the book unfortunately left more of ...more
I should not have read this book so early because now ALL I WANNA DO is talk about it and have a thousand book clubs with it. Every now and again I come across a book where I feel like regardless of how you feel about the content, it's a really important and worthwhile read for the discussions it spawns, and this is absolutely, 1000% one of those books. Eventually I hope to have more coherent stuff to say on it, but right now, that's where I'm at. ...more
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The one thing I really gotta hand it to this is that it's very feel-good for LGBTQ+ individuals, even though the main character is straight. And - yes, this is an example of why straight allies should probably stay in their lane, but for a novel so focused on the issues that LGBTQ+ teens face there were some real glaring issues. What stood out most to me (as a queer ace) is the portrayal of asexuality. I felt like it was used as a joke throughout the entire novel, about how Daisy kept pretending ...more
Mar 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
Well, now this was just plain silly. Early on I was highly tempted to move on to greener pastures but, stubborn burro that I am, I continued reading. I didn't really expect the novel to get better (I was right) but I felt since I had already invested time in reading some of it, I might as well read the rest and add a tally to my Goodreads count. (Petty much?) Anyway, the not terribly likable protagonist and highly improbable story line combined with a whack you over the head message of tolerance ...more
Jul 07, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2-and-down
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nick (the infinite limits of love)

While I wasn’t the biggest fan of the author’s debut novel, The Wrong Side of Right, I loved her writing and saw immense potential it. I’m happy I picked up The Inside of Out because it tackles important themes of LGBTQ issues, friendship, family, love and growing up.

– My favorite element in The Inside of Out was the discussion of the LGBTQ themes, from the perspective of a straight, white teenager. I honestly thought it was a refreshing take because Daisy wants to 100% help raise aw
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Here's the thing about Jenn Marie Thorne's writing, not only is it good, it's really NOW. The topics she addresses are so beautifully illustrated, and so tremendously relevant to, well, today. So with her first book we've got a presidential election, and this one we've got privilege and the savior complex. All that aside, her writing is just beautiful and spot on.

I loved her first book and her second is no different. The characters are real and fleshed out, and the plot just extremely enjoyable
Oct 16, 2015 marked it as to-read
A YA book addressing privilege written by one of my favorite debut authors of the year - I know this is going to be all kinds of wonderful!
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
Review originally posted on Mostly YA Lit:

The Inside of Out will make you uncomfortable, will help you question your privilege, and will make you a better ally.

Daisy is a deeply flawed main character whose best friend comes out to her as a lesbian. Wanting to show her support for Hannah, Daisy jumps in with both feet, signing them up to be part of the school's LGBTQ Alliance (which is definitely NOT a gay-straight alliance). To prove her worth to the students, Daisy decides to take on the school
Nov 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, reviewed, ya, lgbtq, z-2016
Let's talk covers for a minute. Have a look at this one. What do you see? (Aside from the fabulous wall, that is.) Because here's what I see: I see a group of friends, all a little on the quirky/hipster side. The girl in the middle is, without question, the ringleader, the one others gravitate towards. The coolest.

But what's interesting to me about the cover in the context of the rest of the book is doesn't work that way. Visually, each character alone on the front cover matches his or
carolina ☾
Dec 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I cant believe i stayed up all night to readthia book. I dont reget it but i promised myself hours before to focus on studying.
Feb 01, 2016 added it
Shelves: dnf
DNF at about 32%. This is just not working for me, I'm afraid. This is my first DNF in a while. I adored The Wrong Side of Right. It was one of my favorite books of last year, and like that book, the writing in this book is super strong and right up my alley. It's the MC that is not working for me here. She says things that are incredibly selfish and borderline offensive and it's starting to irk me. You can't just claim you are asexual to fit into the QUILTBAG label so you can stay in the Allian ...more
♫✯Em loves Hollenstein✯♫❤the summertime and butterflies all belong to your creation❤
i can't even express how fucking much i hate this book.
i expected a nice friendship story, about acceptance, but i got a whiny, straight privileged girl who made LITERALLY EVERYTHING about herself. It wasn't HER idea to play gay, but surely she has a fucking conscience? Daisy is so entitled, irritating and self obsessed. She reminds me EXACTLY of a friend i had who i thankfully cut ties with- and if i were Hannah, i'd cut ties from Daisy, too. She never apologizes for her stupid thoughtless acti
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, 5, lgbt
You don’t get it. You’re never going to get it. Because this is the problem with privilege. It’s a blindfold with a pretty picture of the world painted on the inside. You think it’s the truth. But it’s just your truth. You think homecoming is something you can play with, be reckless about, never mind the consequences—because there have never been consequences for you.

— Ahhhh I love this. An awesome take on privilege and about realizing that you can't/shouldn't always be the hero in every sto
TW: acemisia, outing

I first read this as a baby queer desperate for queer Asian rep and in retrospect it was a trash fire and is not for queer ppl at all. notably, the main character lies and claims she's asexual as a way of legitimizing her participation in her school's queer org, which just reinforces the incredibly harmful but pervasive myth that ace ppl are nonqueer ppl faking queerness to access queer spaces. she also treats her queer Asian best friend pretty horribly as an ally and as a pe
Kelly Gunderman
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Check out this and other reviews on my young adult book blog, Here's to Happy Endings!

The first thing that captured my attention with this book was the cover. It's really pretty - especially the rainbow colored boards that the three kids are sitting on. It's also nifty how the characters on the cover look almost exactly like the characters are described in the book - that never happens, so I thought that was pretty neat, and wanted to point that out.

Anyway, when I read the synopsis for this book
Jamie Coudeville
I have a lot of issues with this book. Like I said before, it would've been better from literally anyone else's pov: alliance members, Hannah, Nathalie, ... Daisy is such an unlikable character. She's a pathological liar for one. My biggest issues was with how she appropriated the asexual label, and not a single person said anything about it. That was not okay. This book frustrated me a lot. The ending did improve a bit. I thought Hanna and Nathalie were cute, really liked the alliance character ...more
Sian Lile-Pastore
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was cute! And I really liked daisy - the main character - she was funny.
And it was an interesting angle to take - how to be an ally, and how to be aware of your privilege.
Other than Daisy, the other characters didn't really come to life for me, wasn't even that interested in the love interest, but did enjoy a bit of QB.
Dec 16, 2017 rated it did not like it
First off, the premise of this book annoyed me; it's clearly centered around a straight person and seems to be meant for other straight people. The main character is nothing in particular, but I was willing to give her a chance because there aren't that many books with LGBTQ+ characters at all. (Meta-note: I use the acronym LGBTQ+ to include lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, asexual, aromantic, pansexual, and polysexual people as well as those with gender identities fallin ...more
Dec 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, arc
Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC! I've been looking forward to this one since I read Thorne's first book last year.

Books like these are why I read YA. Issues (with a capital I) out on the table, but dealt with in a way that doesn't feel like an after school special. Realism is something I take seriously in YA, mostly because I spent my days with teenagers, so anything that seems like it couldn't happen in my school with my students loses me immediately. I can certainly see this happening, if not i
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read an ARC version of this book and loved it! It is a laugh out loud funny page turner with an important message and well rounded characters who you really feel like you know by the end of the book.
Both Daisy and Hannah's romances are roller coaster rides and a sweet and sometimes intense part of the book (and much more front and center than The Wrong Side of Right). And yes, TIOO addresses being gay in high school and everything around acceptance and rights, but the overriding theme is re
Jillian Heise
I adore Jenn Marie Thorne's books. Loved her debut, The Wrong Side of Right, and loved her new one, The Inside of Out equally as much. They're fun reads written in a realistic teen voice, with main characters who are just trying to do what they think is right, but screwing it up along the way. There is a coming of age journey element to them that the main character goes through, with support from secondary character family and friends adding to the depth of the story. They read like lighthearted ...more
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
3.75 stars. It took me a little while to really get into THE INSIDE OF OUT, and that had a lot to do with how uncomfortable main character Daisy made me for the first part of the novel. This is, in my case, not necessarily a bad thing, as it proved to be a rather interesting narrative choice. Instead of being about an LGBTQIA+ main character, it's told from the perspective of a girl with a best friend who has come out of the closet. It's interesting to see what happens on Daisy's end, and I defi ...more
Oct 09, 2018 rated it liked it
I found this book under the “Best YA LGBTQ Novels” list and I disagree with that categorization. I chose this book in hopes of expanding my view in the experience of a strong LGBT ally, instead I got an appropriation of a minority. I have consumed many books about the experience of LGBT youth and this was a side of the story I was excited to explore however I was thoroughly disappointed with the representation of LGBT characters. Though the book focused on the trials of an ally, the LGBT identit ...more
Elyse Rosen
Dec 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Finally finished a book! Okay. So this wasn’t terrible. But it wasn’t great. I enjoyed her debut much more. The final bit was good - much more enjoyable as the conclusion and resolution occurred - but I had a decent amount of issues throughout. The characters were annoying and immature in sections, MC was so frustrating and for some characters and moments they were terribly 1 dimensional or had a bad arc. It was somewhat predictable at points. But this isn’t to say that I won’t pick up any futur ...more
Joana (The Boundless Booklist)
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
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