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You Are Not Me

('90s Coming of Age #2)

4.62  ·  Rating details ·  260 ratings  ·  78 reviews
Follow Peter into the summer following his senior year to face new beginnings, new friends, and old baggage.

After a tumultuous final year of high school, Peter Mandel needs a break. It's the summer of 1991, and his secret relationship with his ‘best friend’ Adam Algedi is put on hold as Adam goes away to Italy for the summer. On the cusp of adulthood, Peter has a couple o
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Published November 29th 2016 by Leta Blake Books (first published November 28th 2016)
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Note: You Are Not Me is not a stand-alone novel. It is the second of a four part series, featuring Peter Mandel as he learns how to live his truth. I'll do my best to not spoil too much about book one, here, but do know that I probably won't be 100% successful. And, if you've read the blurb for book 2, you already know more than you should if you're interested in reading this series, but have not yet read Pictures of You. If that last sentence describes you, I recommend you stop reading this

I tried to keep this review as spoiler free as possible, but I couldn't avoid giving away plot points about the first book. Proceed with caution.

The year is 1991. R.E.M are releasing "Losing My Religion", the world is dealing with the social and political aftermath of the 80s AIDS, and people are still using a VCR.

For the majority of this book, Adam and Peter aren't together on page. Adam is in Italy, and they talk on the phone frequently (with Adam promising things he can't give, and Peter try
Amazing. This book has my heart, but in a totally different way than Pictures of You. The first book was full of life events - Peter and Adam meet, they start their senior year in high school, a relationship begins, another relationship begins, Peter meets Robert / Renee, etc.

You Are Not Me is more of a transitional story. Adam is away for the summer, Peter makes new friends, and starts building the foundation for his life as a gay man. The changes are subtle, but they are deep. In watching his
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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I was so upset over book 1. Peter and Adam’s relationship was totally putting me through the wringer, and I admit being one of those ‘Adam haters’, until I realized that Peter did have some responsibility for the way things went between them. As they say - it always takes two to tango!

Book 2 left me a LOT happier, but how, Ms. Blake, how can you leave me at this point in the story with months to wait for the next instalment? I know it’s not a wild cliffhanger or anything, BUT, Good God!!! Didn’t
5 Amazing Stars! I am still - 7 days after finishing this book having trouble putting my full thoughts into a review that would do this book any justice. Leta Blake has written a one of a kind series. Peter, he will make your heart hurt. Adam, you will want to throttle him and you will want him to grow up. Daniel, he is just- perfect.

Peter does a lot of growing in this book. Remember, this is the early 90's-Leta does an excellent job taking us back to the time when AIDS was everywhere, Homophob
4,5 stars rounded up

More thoughts soon.
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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4.5 stars

So good but a really intense read for me. Peter, you're putting my poor heart through the wringer!
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I loved the first book in the series and I went on and on, to anyone who would listen, about how great it was. I'm super happy to say that this book is just as good. This story picks up right after the other one ended. Adam is out of the country for the summer and Peter is on his own. He spends his time working and doing his photography.

Peter's lonely without Adam but the infrequent telephone calls and letters make Peter start to realize that he was lonely even with Adam and their gro
Tamika♥RBF MOOD♥

This was my Zhush!!!! Leta Blake is am Auto-buy author for me. This book just highlights everything I love about her words and characters.
Definitely a favorite of 2016. I think I tried to read it in one sitting, but work got in the way! Leta Blake's pen game is sickening. She damn near had me using an entire box of Kleenex! Okay, I used about 3/4 of the box. By the end, I just wanted it to be over for everyone. This damn cliffy is going to kill me.

I loved everything about this! Here's some che
I'm wrecked...Leta, you've put me through the emotional wringer...again. Worth so much more than 5 stars. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

What can I say?? If you like YA and haven't started this series, why the hell not?? It's just amazing and Peter, our MC?? Well, I couldn't decide whether to smack him, strangle him or just give him huge hugs [sometimes all three at once]. He really came of age during this story, and had to do some very painful soul searching and quick growing up. Date rape drugs, PWA's [persons with AID
-This book was provided by author via IndiGo Marketing and Design in exchange for an honest review-

-4.5 stars-

I don't even know where to start. Once again, this story tore my heart out, it made me rage, made me want to strangle Peter, and made me smile in the end with the hope that was the start of Peters HEA. Of course their are still two more books, so I'm expecting a hell of a lot more tears and angst first.
These books really do blow me away. They are everything I don't normally read, but am
Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie

5 ++ Stars!!

*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author/publisher for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*

This is a true serial. If you don't read book one, Pictures of You, you'll be lost. If you haven't read book one this review will contain spoilers.

It's been just a few weeks since Peter graduated from high school and his boyfriend Adam left for Italy to spend the summer with his family. Peter struggles with still being in love with Ada
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Pictures of You and You Are Not Me are without a doubt my favorite reads this year! And I’ve read quite a few books ;)

The second book in the '90s Coming of Age series picks up right where we left off in Pictures of You. Adam is in Rome for the summer with his family. He's still hiding his relationship with Peter and dating Leslie.

Peter is left behind in Knoxville trying to figure out what to do now that high school is over. He's still working for Robert and still taking lots of pictures with hi
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, bmbr-reads, series
I have to admit to some reluctance to starting this book, mainly because I remembered how complicated the relationships were from the first book in the series. It's not a simple read. The characters are complex, not all good, not all bad. I know that this is something I love in my reading but sometimes I just want an easy read. That said, when I actually started reading I was once again hooked.

Peter is facing a summer without Adam, and we see how he starts to deal with life without Adam. We see
When I read a book of any genre, I need for the author to make me feel like the characters could be real. I need to not be able to put it down because I'm so interested in what's going on. I need to be invested in the character's lives. Leta Blake does that for me in every one of her books; she writes in a way that leaves me feeling like I happened to be eavesdropping/spying on real people.

This series, guys... this series is Leta Blake's masterpiece. No, it's not your typical romance. Yes, there
This was an emotional read for me, a powerful story of being true to who you are. I cannot wait for book # 3!
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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How did love die? In fits and starts and then all at once. Out like a light. Poof.

Before the summer ...

... and then during that ...

... and when the summer came to an end.

Oh man. That was so damn good. I can't wait for Daniel and Peter to go on. It was such a great trip. So much heartache. And it's so good to see that Peter is growing up.

I am now anxiously waiting for August and hope to read more about Peter then ... and Daniel ... and Peter and Daniel T O G E T H E R ... hopefully.
Jules Lovestoread
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. Leta Blake is killing me with this series! I liked this even better than the first. Cuz it hurt a little less. lol So good. See my full review here:
Veronica of V's Reads
This is the second book in a series and best enjoyed when read in order. It's June 1991, and the AIDS epidemic is at it's peak, as is tension with Middle Easterners, as we're in the midst of the Gulf War.

Peter Mandel is nearly nineteen, and just graduated from high school in Knoxville, Tennesee. He's gay, and out to his parents and a few friends, notably his boyfriend, the BF's siblings, and his drag queen boss. Peter otherwise keeps a low profile because he's been attacked for his sexuality, a
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the author via IndiGo Marketing & Design in exchange for an honest review.

So I had a dilemma while thinking about writing my review of this installment in Leta Blakes’s 90’s Coming of Age series. I absolutely loved the book; the story was beautifully written, made me feel all the feelings, but OMG the main characters! I wanted to smack Peter upside his head for most of the book, give Daniel a kick in the pants to get him to act on his feelings and punch
Lisa The Novel Approach
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars ~ You Are Not Me picks up right where Pictures of You left us. Adam has gone to Italy for the summer, and Peter is back in Knoxville, trying to figure out how to spend his summer. It’s his last summer of freedom before starting at UT in the fall. But, really, it’s a summer free from Adam and the pressures of their relationship. A summer free from lying about who he is, and what he and Adam are–or aren’t–to each other. An opportunity to find himself.

It’s also an opportunity to make new
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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4.5 Angsty filled stars!

Leta! Leta! Leta!
I just can't with you but you keep pulling me back in like a moth to a flame.

Let's jump right in shall we? As we know from Book 1, Adam has left our poor Peter in a lurch. He's going away for college with Leslie and he's spending the summer in Italy leaving Peter unsure of where he stands in their relationship.

I was so happy that Peter was a bit disappointed but also anxious for Adam to leave, Afterall; I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one that thinks A
Joyfully Jay
Dec 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
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A Joyfully Jay review.

4.5 stars

You Are Not Me is the second story in Leta Blake’s excellent ’90s Coming of Age series. The four books will ultimately be one long story of Peter’s journey, so this book really needs to be read after Pictures of You, and while there is a discreet ending, the overall the story is left unfinished at the halfway point of the series.

As with the first book, this story is carried on the strength of Peter’s shoulders. I couldn’t help but love him as he is finding his way
dammit, that one chick
This series is brilliant. I think Leta Blake is doing some head shrink stuff on us. Every time I find myself angry at a character, I stop and think "what am I recognizing about myself in various points of my life?" Peter is painfully, and often annoyingly naive, but I think this comes from massive insecurity and not having figured out who he is. Daniel can be a bit of a preachy, save the world, white knight, but this is the role he's assigned himself to keep it together, and his heart really is ...more
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Peter, Peter, Peter!!!! Even though I wanted to shake him...numerous times. *nods* I seriously adooooooooore him! Seeing him grow and be more comfortable with himself was wonderful. Finding friends who know the real him was heart warming. Even if they are a crazy fun bunch! *ehem* Minty, I'm looking at you! Lollll. I adore them too.

But I gotta tell you, the one who stole my heart was DANIEL!!! Gah! I loooove him! So much. His heart and soul is just soooo sweet and loving. And he is just so good
3.5 stars. I like the series but I kind of think that book 1 and 2 (with some judicious editing) could have been combined into one. The ups and downs are a bit exhausting. Then again, once upon a time in the olden days my life used to be a soap opera as well, and unfortunately it does take some time to get one's head screwed on straight again after all that drama. I grudgingly admit that the pacing makes sort of sense. It's still a little exhausting.

Anyway, I'm glad Peter seems to be starting to
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ugh!!! Just like the first book, I was screaming non-stop at Peter!!! Then I'd put the book down, walk away and say no more tonight...only to go back to it and start screaming all over again.

I love/hate this series! Peter kills me every time, he is sweet, naive, and utterly adorable...and I need to remember this. I adore Daniel, and thus why I'm always screaming at Peter :)

Adam, no words...seriously...

Needless to say, I'll be soothing my voice as I anxiously wait for the next one.
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Peter, Peter, Peter...
What are we going to do with you?!

Oh the feels! So. Many. Feels.

Peter is still trying to find his feet in this world and is still hung up on Adam (or Adam-the-arsehole as he's known in my head) but he's starting to be able to separate the wood from the trees.

Robert and Barry are their adorable selves and Daniel is as gorgeous as ever.
There are also a few new characters introduced.

This installment is mainly Peter trying to  accept himself and making new friends. With a f
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Leta Blake does a fantastic job in conveying the emotions of her characters.

Blake took me on Peter’s journey of self-discovery through every turn of the page of You Are Not Me. While laughing and crying I could not put this book down for a single moment until the very last word.

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Author of the bestselling book Smoky Mountain Dreams and the fan favorite Training Season, Leta Blake's educational and professional background is in psychology and finance, respectively. However, her passion has always been for writing. She enjoys crafting romance stories and exploring the psyches of made up people. At home in the Southern U.S., Leta works hard at achieving balance between her da ...more

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