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Girl Hearts Girl

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,464 ratings  ·  207 reviews
An inspiring, uplifting and sympathetic story about sexuality and self-acceptance, Lucy Sutcliffe's debut memoir is a personal and moving coming out story. In 2010, at seventeen, Lucy Sutcliffe began an online friendship with Kaelyn, a young veterinary student from Michigan. Within months, they began a long distance relationship, finally meeting in the summer of 2011. Lucy ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published June 24th 2016 by Scholastic
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Nat
Dec 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
I’ve been interested in reading more delightful and thoughtful stories to lift up my spirits a bit after A Little Life. And Girl Hearts Girl arrived at just the right time. I actually felt more alive while reading it.

An inspiring, uplifting and sympathetic story about sexuality and self-acceptance, Lucy Sutcliffe's debut memoir is a personal and moving coming out story. It tackles a diverse range of subjects such as “love and acceptance over hatred, bigotry and homophobia,” anxiety, coming-of-a
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Anwen Hayward
Jun 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq
I have a bad habit. When I’m reading a book, I fold the corner of every page which contains a line I love. It might be a turn of phrase that I find particularly beautiful, or a witticism that really hits the spot, or - perhaps most importantly - something that really speaks to me; something that makes me think ‘is the author writing this for me?’ or 'this is a line to live by’.

Most books will end up with two or three pages folded. Sometimes, rarely, there’ll be four or five. This book has eight.
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Sarah Churchill
I knew nothing of Lucy or her channel before reading this, and I'm sure her fans love it. For the rest of us though, it lacks any real insight, substance or indeed storytelling. The writing isn't great, nothing much happens - nothing at all for the first half of the book - and for what is essentially an autobiography of a young girl's coming out story and first love, there really isn't the depth and emotion I think it needs.

I appreciate that Sutcliffe wants to be able to help the next generatio
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Becky
Some of you may know that at this precise time in my life, I am finally realising my sexuality. I've known all my life that I'm definitely not straight and bisexual never seemed to fit either - and thanks to the internet, namely tumblr, I realised I am pansexual. So this book helped me realise that confusion is okay, no matter where you are in life, and there is no rush to figure out who you are or what you are feeling.

This book spoke to me on various different levels - from her struggles in sch
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Mariel
Jul 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Simple, yet beautifully and kindly written. Very important to have this type of material out there for the LGBTQ community. Even if you are an ally, it's a great read. And of course, any Lucy and Kaelyn fan has to read it. Such an incredible story of love an loyalty, but the first half of the book, which is about self discovery, is just as intriguing.
Chelsea slytherink
I just wrote the longest review I ever wrote and I really don't feel like writing everything down again. Especially because this is an unknown book and y'all don't care about that anyway. I'm not going to spend hours of my time writing something all over again for merely a handful of people. Anyway, there were multiple reasons why I didn't like Girl Hearts Girl, one of the main reasons it being (potentially) bi-, aro- and transphobic. If you want to know more of my thoughts, feel free to contact ...more
Amber Howell
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit, I was slightly reluctant to read this at first as I thought it was similar to a teen lesbian love story I'd read before.
BUT I WAS COMPLETELY WRONG.

What a beautiful book. Truly uplifting, inspiring and colourful. I'm so proud to be part of the LGBT community, this book has brought me so much hope, love and the push closer to coming out to those who don't already know I'm gay (family). I'm not there yet, but this story has pushed me one step closer.
IN LOVE
Jenny
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Half way through this I thought 'this has to be a YouTuber' not because it's poorly written but because nothing happens!! It's the most sedate coming out story line, with no depth or exploration of the issues that gay people face. She had it easy in comparison and was very sheltered and privaledged. If she wasn't YouTube famous this would never have been published. That being said it's her story and there were definitely people who wanted to read it. If this makes it easier for a young person to ...more
Kelly
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've been following lucy and Kaelyn for years now and I was so excited to hear about this book when Lucy announced it. absolutely beautifully written and so much of whst lucy spoke about is exactly how i felt about my sexuality. can't wait to read more of Lucys work
caravaggion
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt
aw dangggg this was SO ADORABLE SO SWEET AAAAAA
im glad such positive lgbt ya novels exist out there
Lauren James
Jul 02, 2016 added it
Shelves: lgbtqia, ukya
This is a simply written, touching memoir of an LGBT youtuber. It chronicles Lucy’s life from a young age to her eventual realisation she isn’t straight, her coming to terms of her sexuality and her meeting online of a girl going through the same things that she is.

The memoir then follows Lucy as she falls in love with the girl Kaelyn, and meets her in America where she is studying. They form a relationship. The book then turns to discussing Lucy’s difficult time at University, with homophobic
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Leah
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Here's a confession, folks: I wasn't sure if I was going to write a review of this book, but I decided to because I feel like this is a book that needs to be spotlighted, that people need to read, because it's important. But this won't be a long review, because it's really, really hard to review someone's personal memoirs, to say what you loved and hated when this is someone's actual life, although I will tell you, I hated no part of this book (except the odious Rex and those boys at Lucy's seco ...more
Laura
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on:> http://lauraslittlebookblog.blogspot....

Lucy Sutcliff if you didn't already know is part of Youtube sensation Kaelyn and Lucy and Girl Hearts Girl is Lucy's story.

Girl Hearts Girl is Lucy Sutcliff's true story of growing up and accepting who she is and her sexuality and it really touched my emotions. Although I have not had all of the same struggles as Lucy a lot of her growing up story really resonated with me. There was the bullying from other kids at school and boys cal
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Carolyn
Jul 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
Okay, wow. So I didn't know this was a memoir instead of a fictional story, but I read it anyway. I'm vaguely regretful that I paid money for it, buuuuuuut here we are.

I had no idea who Lucy Sutcliffe was, and while reading this memoir I didn't really care, either. It's a long winded coming out story about finding yourself and loving yourself and all that jazz. This is maybe aimed at a younger audience, at 25 I know all these things already. While I too struggled with my sexuality in giving it
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Lucy
Jul 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
I have watched Lucys videos for years and so when I saw this book at YALC I literally dived for it.
This isn't a masterpiece or anything but it did speak to me and past me growing up in England and being gay. What I loved about this was how innately British it was, which was nice to see and made it even more relatable.

I love Lucy and kaelyn and have seen so many videos that I knew a lot of the book from stories they've told but nevertheless it was great to see the progression of growing up and th
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Lisa
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own, 2016-release
I loved this. I think it's an important read and I highly recommend it. Please consider picking this up. <3 ...more
Katey Lovell
Apr 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
When I picked up this book I didn't realise Lucy was well-known in the blogging community, so I had no preconceptions or expectations.

Girl Hearts Girl is a memoir about Lucy finding happiness within herself and with Kaelyn and as I read her story I was cheering her on, willing her to be able to share her sexuality with her friends and family without fear of being judged. As a reader I was totally rooting for her and as her friendship with Kaelyn blossomed into a relationship I was swept away by
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Laura
"Us LGBT folk are courageous. By coming out, we are saying that we're ready to face any negative consequences that come our way. It's an act of defiance, an act of pride, and it's something that should be appaluded, not silenced."

I'm not crying, you're crying

4.5 stars
Francesca Banks
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I only ordered this book yesterday and with amazon prime I received it today. Within three hours I’ve read the whole thing and cried twice. I thought I knew what to expect from this book, a story about Lucy and Kaelyn’s life, I thought I’d already know a lot of it from watching their videos for two years but I had no idea what I was really letting myself in for.

This book is beautiful, I want to write down all my favourite quotes from it but honestly there are too many. Lucy writes honestly and
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artemis
Nov 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Going in, I was ready to give this book five stars and a stunning review about how much we need more books like this - which we definitely do, especially since stories about lbpq women are very few and far between, and that's precisely why I am giving it three stars instead of one or two. However, I wasn't even halfway through when I found myself disappointed and all my expectations came crashing down - my fault, obviously, for having any expectations at all when the author is a white woman.

My m
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Ari
My new favorite book. I read it in one day, from the moment it arrived. First I thought, ok, let's see if this is even my thing. I've been following Kaelyn & Lucy for years - that doesn't mean I will love this book, too. But soon I gave in due to the fact that I could not put it down (and I'm bored easily!). It was raw and honest and beautifully written, especially her encounters with nature are excellently descriptive and not too long (I like to skip several pages of description of forests etc) ...more
Megan Houston
Jul 12, 2016 rated it liked it
This is no literary masterpiece. It's written very simply, and is more a straight forward and up front account of Lucy's life than anything else. And whilst it wasn't hugely captivating or immensely powerful I really enjoyed it. I bought this because I've watched Lucy and Kaelyn on YouTube and also I'm a sucker for any books about queer girls. I wouldn't say there was a huge amount of insight into their relationship that can't be found on their channel but I enjoyed seeing Lucy's personal journe ...more
Erin
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016
I started reading this book at 10.30ish in the evening and finished it and EXACTLY 2am the next morning. Needless to say, this book was just so addictive! The life of a woman, similar to me in many many respects, flashing before my eyes and me just observing. I felt truly like the author had given me a window into her life, a really intimate, personal view into her story.

Reading it, my opinions actually changed a lot. Initially, I thought the book was going nowhere and wasn't developing at all.
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Jackie Bromagin
Jul 08, 2016 added it
Shelves: 2016
It was a good look into the life a girl who struggled with her sexuality in a small town. I've followed Kaelyn and Lucy on YouTube for quite a few years, so I knew a lot of the stories she wrote about. This book seemed like it was aimed at a younger audience than me, which is important. It's also the reason I'm not rating it. Im glad that someone out there who needs this book will have it now.
jillian
Oct 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbt
Good book, written at a 9-12 year olds level
Shakirah Jelley
Jan 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
2.75*

First of all, I just wanna thank Lucy Sutcliffe for making youtube videos and giving LGBTQ+ teens a place to be open and authentic. I’ve just checked out her channel after reading, and I can happily say I’ve subscribed and followed her Twitter. I also watched a certain video (no spoilers, as I knew this information prior to reading it kinda spoilt the reading experience for me) and I honestly felt so bad for her. I am so glad that she uses her online platform to educate and help people feel
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emma
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
I stumbled upon this in the library and because to the obviously gay title, had to borrow it.

I think this is possibly a good read if you've followed Sutcliffe on social media, already know what her social media profile is like, enjoy her work and are interested in it. I, however, knew hardly anything about her, and this book didn't really help with that - all in all, it's an extremely naive, unsurprising and (I'm sorry to say it) empty tale about a few instances in a young person's life. The pu
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Claire (Book Blog Bird)
I feel mean giving this only two stars, but I had no idea who Lucy and Kaelyn were (they’re YouTubers) before I read this book and my enjoyment suffered because of it. I think if you were fans of theirs this book would have been great, but for me, as an outsider, it was just a girl rambling on about her small-village childhood, her time at university and meeting the girl she’d been Skyping with for years. The writing style was quite child-like and there was no tension whatsoever, but maybe if yo ...more
Kristen
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Let me start by saying this — I think Lucy is a fantastic human and o still watch her youtube. She and Kaelyn and my wife Megan and I have a lot in common. Age gap, accents, long distance, helped each other come out, grew up together, anxiety, etc. so I get a lot of what she went through and where she ended up.

With all of that said, I didn’t like this book :/ it get so rushed, choppy, things felt out of place, and I just didn’t like the writing style. Ugh, I even feel bad not loving this book be
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Finn Longman
Didn't enjoy this as much as I expected to; it felt quite didactic and occasionally patronising, but maybe that's me being An Old. Also, the chronology didn't always make sense (jumping from the theatre company she joined at 17 and talking about the productions they did *after* that, back to early in year 11 when she'd be 15/16 seemed an odd choice and a bit confusing) and I found it a bit hard to follow all the threads.
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