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3.65  ·  Rating details ·  49 ratings  ·  36 reviews
When seventeen-year-old Ingrid Harper realizes she may not have the talent to pursue a scholarship for the most prestigious art school in Australia, she turns to pink hair dye as a distraction.

Her new hair captures the attention of a fellow art student, Kat, who introduces Ingrid to the LGBT clubbing scene, and although Ingrid enjoys partying with her new friend, she becom
Published January 29th 2018 by NineStar Press
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☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆
I ABSOLUTELY LOVED this BOOK! This wasn't your typical ff love story it expressed the intensity of Ingrid's emotions and helped you realize how much people suffer with "coming out". I didn't have a difficult time "coming out" because when I was in the system growing up most of the population was at least bi-curious. It was intense and intriguing to feel how hard it could be for someone to come out. I loved the characterisation in this book. I loved Summer, Ingrid, and Jackson. They had so much m ...more
Tan Markovic
Jan 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Ingrid has been struggling with her sexual orientation and before befriending Kat and discovering the LGBT nightlife scene in her city, she was reluctant to come out even to herself, let alone anybody else despite her closest friends having already guessed a long time ago. This novel shows us Ingrid’s journey as she comes out to her friends and family and the emotional struggles she now faces when it comes to romantic relationships.

This story is so fun! It’s cute, funny, easy to read and passion
It was an easy and enjoyable to read. You could feel for all the characters in the book and what they were going through as teenagers in there final year of high school.
There were some wonderful moment between that characters as you see the main character dealing with the fact that she might be gay. While pulling strength from her best friend who is dealing with her own life issues about becoming a single parent at 17. My only issue about the book is that the main character always needs to get d
dnf @ 50%

i wish so bad i liked this book, but it was so annoying for me?

main character is a bully, who bullied the girl she liked for years because she was conflicted about her sexuality. this kind of made me feel icky as hell because even with a redemption arc, i started to have pretty low tolerance for bully/bullied romance. the worst thing for me is that the character acknowledged that she bullied the girl intentionally and eh eh eh eh ehhhhhh. ALSO! she was bitching so much about her pregnan
beth ✨
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I recieved an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

4.5/5 stars.

Sweethearts is just absolutely wonderful. It has great LGBT representation which I loved, featuring a lesbian main character which to be honest made it even better, as I feel I don't see much femalexfemale relationships within books. It was so adorable and refreshing to read, especially after reading so much fantasy right now.

I FLEW through this book, honestly, I didn't put it down once and read it in o
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This review is based on an ARC of Sweethearts which I received courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher (NineStar Press, LLC).

Sweethearts is adorably gay and wonderful! I enjoyed every page of it and (if I ever get the time) would love to read it again someday. Or rather, I would like to read more books by Gemma Gilmore! Her writing is incredibly fluid and her characters are realistic and relatable. I found this novel very original and I sense in it a YA hit. There is just so much love, so many
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
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2 / 5

Unfortunately, Sweethearts did not hit the mark for me. I wanted a tale about art, discovering your sexuality, and having your life complicated when your best friend gets pregnant - definitely more exciting than my time in Sixth Form. The two biggest problems I had was that the main character started out as an obsessive bully and that things would be said in the text that simply weren't portrayed: for example, Ingrid would say that Amber was an arrogant girl who loved the spotlight, but
“We question each other’s reality; we make each other look into things just that little bit deeper.”

Thank you very much to NineStar Press for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Sweethearts by Gemma Gilmore is an adorable novel that discusses some of the most important issues facing teens today. From bullying, to discovering one’s sexuality, to teen pregnancy, to finishing high school, this novel doesn’t shy away from the hard topics – in fact, it normalises these i
Jan 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
I really wish I would have loved this book, I really do. I wanted to. It sounded like a fun, amusing enough, and quick YA read to pass some time. And yet, in all honesty, I only pushed to finish reading it because it’s a galley and I felt kinda obligated to. I wanted to put it on my ‘did not finish’ shelf and move on before I even hit the halfway mark, so this wasn’t exactly what I thought it was going to be and I’m… disappointed, I suppose.

[ There’s spoilers here and there throughout after thi
Kendra T
I really liked the idea of Ingrid becoming her most authentic self, and I enjoyed the journey of her getting there. I have to say that I liked Ingrid much more after she finally decided to listen to herself. She was a very unlikable character in the beginning, and I struggled with the start of the book. Ingrid was mean, and when she finally started to come into herself, she over indulged in alcohol. The alcohol seemed a bit over the top. I loved her best friends Summer and Jackson-for a bit of t ...more
❤ Leelynn (Sometimes Leelynn Reads) ❤
Find this review and more on my blog Sometimes Leelynn Reads

"We question each other's reality; we make each other look into things just that little bit deeper."

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This definitely did not go the way I expected it to, but I'm actually okay with it. Almost coming to terms with this.

Long story short, this book is about a girl named Ingrid, a high school senior who refuses to acknowledge that she may actually b
(I received an advance copy through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.)

”Summer, this isn’t a joke!” I snap, although I am pleased that she’s giggling next to me. “She wasn’t wearing any pants!”

It was the beautiful cover that immediately drew me to this book, and then I read the synopsis. An artist teenage girl dying her hair pink and coming to terms with being a lesbian? Sign me up!

I wanted to like this book so much, and there were definitely some parts when I did, but ultimately we just
Alex Jo
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
From the first few pages of this book I knew it was my kind of read what I mean is that I enjoyed getting to know each or every character in this book. The friendships and relationship are the main focus of this story which surprises me because it has deeper thoughts than what you first think, it touches subjects such as teen pregnancy, alcoholism, sexuality, and self-discovery. To be honest I wish there was a bit of background on each character. Something that I loved is how diverse each charac ...more
Nicole Strand
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ingrid realizes she may not have what it takes to get into a prestigious art school in Australia so she dyes her hair pink. Her new hair color attracts Kat who introduces her to the LGBT clubbing scene. She enjoys partying but becomes confused about who she is and that scares her. Trying to figure things out is all she can think about until she finds out her best friend is pregnant.

As she helps her best friend she discovers who she is and decides to work it into her everyday life.

This book gets
Madi Nation
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, ya
I recieved this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Ingrid is an artist with a hectic life. Her best friend just got some life-changing news, she is applying for a really important scholarship, and she has all these weird feelings that she doesn't know how to deal with. She makes a new friend who shows her how fun life can really be.

I expected an average book about finding yourself, and the author just really blew me away. I fell in love with the characters, and I really felt t
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved this had everything from strong characters to a strong story with enough twists and drama to keep it interesting... I also really liked that it was not clear from the beginning with who Ingrid is going to end up and fall in love with... It is a fun, and in some parts sad, coming out YA novel. The reason why I gave it 4 stars and not 5 is that the whole drinking part was annoying to me... I just don’t like it when characters seem to be that depended on alcohol and those are te ...more
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sweethearts is the first book I've read from this author and also my very first f/f read. I absolutely loved it! You have a group of high school teenagers who are learning to cope with and deal with life changing decisions. Those issues are what made these characters relatable and interesting. I enjoyed all of the characters; Ingrid, Summer, Jackson, Kat, Leon and Amber. I love that these characters made mistakes and had flaws but they did the best they could in the situations they were in. The ...more
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I haven’t read too many LGBT+ books in my life but I can genuinely say that this book was fantastic! I loved how I could see Ingrid change as a person and find her true identity, especially as she also dealt with her friends pregancy. Personally the story felt so real to me and it was perfect to read
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Net Gallery for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Sweethearts by Gemma Gilmore was a sweet coming of age story about a girl and her friends. Ingrid is struggling with her sexuality and her best friend is pregnant at 17. Sweethearts was heartwarming and fun. I loved how natural and real Ingrids struggle was. Her friendships with Summer and Jackson were a joy to experience. They had a unique situation but they made the best of it and supported each other. This
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow that really turned out different than I thought it would.
Julie (Bookish.Intoxication)
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved, netgalley
I received this novel from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review,

Wow, this novel took me for a ride! At first I thought it was going to be just another teenage novel, pregnancy, friend drama and underage drinking, but it was sooo much more than that.
Ingrid's journey of self discovery is inspiring and so real. Gilmore has created characters that don't seem fictitious at all, they seem as real as my friends and family.
This is Aussie writing at its best, as an Australian myself, I lov
Beth Younge
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

A great YA contemporary looking at lesbianism and what it means to be a teen in Australia. I loved reading a lesbian fiction as they are harder to find than male gay fiction. I liked how well rounded the characters were and by the end of the novel, i really missed reading about Ingrid, baby Adelaide and the hi-jinks and drama that Ingrid's band of friends get into.
Finn Longman
This was a slightly mixed bag for me. I'm going to have to be naughty, again, and make this a "review to come" scenario, because it's gone 1am and I have lectures in the morning, but I found this... stylistically disappointing. I don't know whether I'm just being particularly fussy at the moment, but almost everything I've read in recent weeks has failed to wow me on a stylistic level, even when I've enjoyed the plots, and this was the same. I liked the characters and storyline, but it felt some ...more
Erica Mae Campos
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Review originally published on my blog, Living a Hundred Lives

Now this is a YA Contemporary read. Ingrid, the MC is having an identity crisis. She always listens to Amber sing and watches all her youtube videos. She’s awful to her and bullies her but it seems that she actually likes her deep down.

I thought at first that this is going to be a cute read. Since I just finished a few action reads, I figured that I want to read a contemporary book for a change of pace. Everything changes from Ingri
Eloise Mae
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’m still not over how amazingly adorably wonderful this book was!!

Ingrid is an artsy young girl who is slowly coming to terms with being gay whilst also dealing with school, her future and her friends. Throughout the book we see her deal with unreturned feelings, visit a nightclub (a gay one at that) for the first time & also her first experiences with a girl. It’s so beautifully relatable & I only wish I had been able to read this several years ago because it so perfectly captures the
May 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
I just couldn't get into this book at all. The writing felt a little unpolished and needed some more editing around because things would happen too fast and the pacing wasn't great.

I also felt like there was never any adult in the story. They'd get random mentions but we never see these teenagers around parents or teachers or anything like that. You can't talk about themes so serious like teenage pregnancy without going deep into that and we never really go anywhere? It felt flat for me. It's li
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018-read, lgbt
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my review.

The writing and plot of this story really felt juvenile. Of course, I loved the LGBT themes but it all felt really. . . uncomfortable to me? The main character dyes her hair pink and suddenly everyone wants her? And knows she's gay? And she's just an awful person who treats all the people who care about her super awful? I really couldn't get into it and I felt a lot of the stereotypes of LGBT people [Depression, sexual promi
Jan 21, 2018 rated it liked it
It is always very pleasant to read a female-female relationship since I mostly read male-male.
This story is very fun to read but nothing too captivating. It touches on bullying, alcoholism but honestly I couldnt really FEEL any connection to it. I really wanted to love this but the characters were just fun, nothing more to that, they lacked personality. The writing wasnt my favorite too, it felt like we were going nowhere. I guess the 3 stars are due to the f-f representation.
Margarida de Sousa (IcthusBookCorner)
There a ton of negative aspects to it, more than any strengths I could find. The book kind of fulfills its purpose of trying to make us feel ok with who we are.

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