This is a YA book that really captured the spirit of being a teenager through its characters, action, and language. The dialogue was particularly good and many times it was outright amusing. The cast all around is depicted well including those with more minor roles. Avery is a punk rock type while Madison is popular but nice. And, Scott is Avery's fantastic best friend where they give each other sh*t constantly and have many great scenes together.
In the beginning of the bo ...more
Secret Heart is a light, sweet, f/f high school contemporary. Avery is an out-and-proud lesbian in an all-girl lesbian band called Detonate the Gazelle. She's always had a bit of a crush on classmate Madison, even though she knows it's a bad idea to pine after straight girls. When Madison goes to the GSA that Avery got roped into hosting with her best friend Scott, the two get to know eachother a bit better, and sparks begin to fly (like the Taylor Swift song that Avery probably secretly loves!)...more
I really enjoyed this story and I really enjoyed how if I ever go through with my dream of writing at least one novel, I want to create something like this. This is phenomenal! I’d give it 6 stars I love it so much!
What didn't work for me entirely was the way the book ended. I'll cover that, but it will be with spoiler tags.
It was a relatively quick read. Given the stress of the real world at the moment, that was apprecia ...more
This thought provoking story was very well done. The plight that every LGBTQ youth goes through in their lives from coming out to bullying, to being ostracized, to young love and that struggle was personified very well in the characters represented by Avery, Madison, and Scott. The supporting cast of characters were equally well done. Overall, a job well done for a first novel!
Danielle spent her formative years in the Tampa Bay Area driving into neighborhood signs, breaking curfew, and writing bad poetry (some of which can be seen on her blog) before m ...more