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As Autumn Leaves

3.27  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Sixteen-year-old Kayla Caruso, once a well-liked cheerleader, knows that something sets her apart from her classmates. Her reluctance to have sex with a boy she was seeing earned her both the title of “Ice Queen” and the disdain of the other students. Bullied and alone, Kayla finds solace in one of her dwindling group of friends. Althea Ritter is a volleyball star and rumo ...more
ebook, 72 pages
Published March 24th 2016 by Harmony Ink Press
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I stumbled across this novella on the Harmony Ink Press website and was happily surprised to see it's a Kindle Unlimited read on Amazon. I've been skipping reading blurbs lately so I was even more surprised to learn this was not only an f/f read but about an asexual teenager.

The character, Kayla, is unique in that she goes against peer pressure and values true friendship over superficial social status. For the past year she's been figuring herself out in more ways than one and still is on this j
Mar 31, 2016 rated it liked it

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

This is a book that I desperately wish has existed when I was a confused and scared high school student thinking I was broken and wrong. Kayla goes through a huge emotional journey in this short novella, and I really appreciated the sensitivity that the author used.

I think Kayla's relationship with her mother, friends, and Althea were very well written. Kayla is trying to understand herself in a world that is not built for asexual people.

I did find the prose itself to be
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: queer
There are two good things about this book: it's about a sixteen year-old girl figuring out and accepting she's asexual, and the romance is biracial (it does not, however, inform or in any way impact the black character, their relationship, or the story).
Further than that, the story is simple, with little unrealistic drama, and easy acceptance from the people who matter. Even the homophobic character faces some consequences at school. Sadly, the main character agonizes for months over her "broken
Ruby Ridge
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
I liked that the mc was strong willed but I really could not make a mental picture of any of the characters, pity as would have been an interesting book.
Too wooden for my taste.
Cathy Brockman
Mar 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: f-f, young-adult
Review for Kate Sands - As Autumn Leaves (FF) March 24th
Title: As Autumn Leaves
Series: NA
Author: Kate Sands
Genre: Novellas, Contemporary, Lesbian Teen Fiction, Asexual
Length:70 pages
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press (Dreamspinner Press) (March 24th)
Heat Level: Low ( no sex)
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥
Blurb: A Harmony Ink Press Title
Kayla Caruso is sixteen and, despite at one time being a popular cheerleader, she knows she doesn't feel the same about relationships as her classmates. She dated a boy once to fit i
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"The book I just read is about two (or three) lovely people, written in beautiful language, by a very good and prolific author. I liked it very, very much.
It is for sale on Amazon.”

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Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
As much as I want to love this book since it's one of the few novels with asexual female leads, I think the writing could be improved. There were times when the writing seemed odd, especially when discussing what asexuality is. It felt as if I were reading an online definition of terms which is not applicable to novel dialogue. It didn't seem right. Maybe it's just me being too meticulous or maybe I was expecting too much.

Despite its shortcomings, it wouldn't hurt to give this novel a try.
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Read for an upcoming Under the Radar column on bullying and LGBTQA+ youth, and since I finished it in one sitting, I suppose it can qualify for the one-sitting selection on the Read Harder 2018 challenge. This is unique in my reading history for featuring a character who comes to identify as both lesbian and asexual. Depictions of bullying element are few and subtle, but the book does explore the internal emotional experience of having been bullied.
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Kate Sands grew up in a small, rural town on the Canadian Prairies. She developed a love of reading and writing at a young age, becoming completely enamored with the craft of storytelling. It wasn’t until she grew up and left small town life behind, moving on to the Big City, before she truly understood what diversity was and what it could be. She still reads a variety of fiction, but concentrates ...more