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High school finally behind her, Winnie is all set to attend college in the fall. But first she's spending her summer days working at her granny’s diner and begins spending her midnights with Dallas—the boy she loves to hate and hates that she likes. Winnie lives in Misty Haven, a small town where secrets are impossible to keep—like when Winnie allegedly snaps on Dr. ...more
Hardcover, 340 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Swoon Reads
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Lola
Mar 18, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Having adored LET’S TALK ABOUT LOVE from the same author, I absolutely needed to read this book. But now that I have, it’s hard to believe that the two were written by the same person.

For starters, this story is told from the first person POV, whereas Alice’s story was in the third person. That was a very good surprise, because Winnie’s voice is so strong. It was wonderful to be able to hear everything she was thinking directly. I cannot imagine someone claiming Winnie is a
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megs_bookrack
((VICTORY SQUEAL!!!!))

I won a giveaway!



You know what makes me happy?

Answer: THIS COVER!

destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
A rom-com with a fat queer black girl as the MC, GET IN MY HANDS N O W PLEASE
Erin
Buzzword A Thon

Thank you Swoon Reads & Claire Kann for sending me this ARC!

This book just wasn't for me, which is a shame because I was super excited to read this. From pretty much the first chapter I wasn't feeling it. I didn't like Winnie the main character, she's just insufferable and I couldn't wait to be out of her life. Kara her "ungirlfriend" which WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT! was awful. I didn't understand what Winnie & Kara's relationship was suppose to be, they seemed like best
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Rec-It Rachel
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow this was super cathartic to read with all of the ways that Winnie displays the frustration of how the world treats you when you're fat holy guacamole
The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears
I was super psyched about this book because I absolutely LOVED Let's Talk About Love. I was super psyched over the cover which is all kinds of #BlackGirlMagic feels!!! A fat Black girl with a huge smile, braids and a look that has zero fucks to give in regards to how other people want to define her? Honey, I'm here for it!

To be honest, this book felt disjointed to me. Winnie, the heroine, was all over the place. Despite the title, it seemed that she spent a great deal of the book making other
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Bri
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
~3.5 stars~

Claire Kann’s second novel was relatable to me in many ways. I appreciated Winnie’s struggle for acceptance from her family and people around her. To be a Black, queer fat woman is to be subjected to endless microagressions and silencing tactics all the time. Especially within Black families, when elders think they’re right because they’re older. The strife between Winnie and her Granny resonated so hard, as I had a similar relationship with my grandparents growing up.

I also enjoyed
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♠ TABI ♠
Aug 06, 2018 marked it as to-read
eeeep the author of a favorite book of mine where all kinds of representation is done superbly is writing another book!!

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Storme
Dec 10, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish
I’m not feeling this book at the moment. I may try it again another time.
Zoe (semi-hiatus)
'If It Makes You Happy', made Me happy. I loved this book. I loved the relationships with her family, friends, un-girlfriend. I loved how they were messy, and complicated, and didn't always do the right thing. The plot was a little messy though. This review is going to be so long, and I genuinely don't know how, but watch this review get way too long for human eyes.

Working At Goldeen's - Winnie, and her brother + cousin work at Goldeen's over the summer. It's a family run restaurant and it was
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ARC kindly provided by Pan Macmillan Australia in exchange for an honest review.


y'all this is the first physical arc i've ever been sent ahhhhhhh let's go
Kathy
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Open, honest conversations about feelings, cutting out people who are bad for you, and a queerplatonic relationship?! Thank you.
Ashley
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
this was so much fuuuun and so goooood pls read it now.

Thank you to Swoonreads & Edelweiss for this review copy!
Janani
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tender and relatable on so many levels.

I love the subtleties of this book. Just ace peeps being ace and living their lives without turning this book into an educational primer on the ace spectrum. I appreciated the storyline with the grandmother. Family dynamics are hard, and it's so important to learn to draw your boundaries and be your own person, and that's okay. I'm so glad teens get an opportunity to see that with this book.
Camryn
Jun 19, 2019 added it
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
Update 12/5/19: I’ve learned a lot more about what queerplatonic means, so I feel like a lot of what I said here was messy and problematic and want to rectify that. HOWEVER I still feel Kara was controlling and that was irritating and upsetting.

UGH.

I made it about halfway through this one. And I was really liking parts of it and couldn't deal with others. Like, I really love the main character, Winnie. I see so much of myself in her attitude and love of her family and struggling with dealing
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laurel [suspected bibliophile]
DNF at 20%

I'm so sad that this wasn't holding my attention that much. I was struuuuuuggling to get through the chapters and by the time I put this down I didn't feel much towards Winnie or her family at all.

This is another It's Not You It's Me book.

This starts in the middle of a kitchen fire started by Winnie's cousin Sam, and immediately character after character is introduced, along with backstory and relationships that felt weirdly underdeveloped/bland when they shouldn't have? At 20% in
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Anniek
Actual rating: 2.5

I feel pretty conflicted about this book, and I'm so sad about that. I loved Let's Talk About Love, as it was one of the first books where I saw asexuality represented, so I had really high hopes for this one. And I really loved the first part of the book, which was very promising, but then it all sort of went downhill for me.

The good:

- The main character, Winnie. She's truly amazing: a well-rounded, flawed and very interesting character. I really loved the rep, especially
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USOM
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

If you weren't convinced that Kann has a knack for characters, then If It Makes You Happy will certainly convince you. Winnie has a big heart, does things for the right reasons (if they aren't the best course of action), and is one of those characters you instantly like. Whether Winnie's dedication to her family, her own personal growth to stick to what she believes in, or her
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Lost in Book Land
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Alright, so I fell off my posting plan a little last week. There was no special Friday post, I for really busy with things and I just did not have the creative energy to come up with something I wanted to post that was fun (and part of those Friday posts is that they are supposed to be fun for me to post, not that reviews, are not fun because they are but they are supposed to be something outside of the norm)! So I decided it was okay to skip last Friday and finish reading some titles and start ...more
Brittany
Jun 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Special thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an eARC and the opportunity to read and review this book before its release date. This, however, does not reflect the opinions in my review.

If It Makes You Happy is my first introduction to Claire Kann and, overall, it was everything one could want in an enjoyable, summery contemporary read. Misty Haven and Goldeen’s practically jumped off the page and Kann did a great job of really capturing that small-town feel. It felt like a place I could
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The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
Full Review on The Candid Cover

Any book about diners and cooking competitions is an instant win for me, so I was very excited when I learned about If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann. The book is not just about the diner, however, as it touches on serious topics as the main character is crowned the summer queen. I enjoyed the influential message the novel has to offer along with the main character who is unapologetically herself. This is a quietly powerful read that I would definitely
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Enne (they/them)
4 stars
TW: nstitutionalized fatphobia, casual fatphobia, discussions of fatphobia, casual arophobic comments, discussions of homophobia, gaslighting, character being kicked out of the home repeatedly
Rep: Black fat queer girl MC, asthmatic Black boy SC, mostly POC cast


The Writing
The writing wasn't anything to write home about (take a shot every time a reviewer uses this pun). But, to be honest, I really remember -2 things about the writing in this book, which seems to be a common theme with
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Mehsi
I received this book from the publisher/tour host in exchange of an honest review.

It is time for summer, and that means that Winnie is all eager to visit Misty Haven where her grandma lives and has a diner called Goldeen (yes, the Pokemon). But her summer is going to be way different than she has planned. With romance, a competition, a kingly/queenly kind of event, trouble, and people trying to get her to lose weight (though she is just happy with who she is, bless her).

The diner was so much
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Katie
Feb 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, february-2020
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a copy free for review. All opinions are my own.

There was so much about this that I liked, but there was also enough that I did not enjoy that I think I have to leave it at a middle-of-the-road 3 star rating. Let's start with the things I did like!

THE REPRESENTATION. Winnie is self-described as queer, fat, and black, and she is living her best life and embracing all aspects of her identity! Winnie's self-confidence was contagious, and I
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Toya
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Winnie is one of those characters that I have been waiting a long time to see in contemporary literature. She is a strong, independent black female who is fat and queer. Winnie isn’t here for anyone’s judgements about her body or her sexuality. She’s brutally honest and speaks her mind without a filter. Winnie is my spirit animal.

Winnie recently finished high school, which means college is on the horizon for the fall. During the summer, she stays with her grandmother (like she does every summer)
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Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
I think the synopsis does a pretty good job explaining what the book is about, so I want to talk more about the characters.



First is Winnie. She is 18 and working at her granny's diner the way she does every summer. She loves working there. Her brother Winston, and cousin, Sam stay there with her. Winnie is black and fat (not said in a bad way). She is happy with how she is. She's pretty confident except when it comes to public speaking. She didn't sign up, but someone put her name in for "queen"
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Lisa Mandina
This was really a good book. It had so much to it, depth, characters, back stories, side stories, emotion, drama, and a lot of really good takes on issues that you may not think about normally, or don't realize because they were from the side of an issue you may not identify with. Even some of them that I do feel like I connect with, the whole overweight thing especially, I even learned a few things or began to think of them from a slightly different angle. I loved Winnie's relationship with ...more
Holly
I discovered this book while browsing NetGalley. I don't usually read YA, but the cover caught my eye (I absolutely adored it..that girl is super cute) and the blurb was interesting, so I decided to give it a try. It started out great. I like Kann's writing style - simple, yet beautiful. The story flowed well and I was really feeling Winnie, her family and the town.

Sadly, things went downhill around page 40. I thought I was getting a fun story about a girl trying to save her granny's diner, and
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Julie
This is a quiet book, very character driven, but the characters are so remarkable. A fat Black girl getting ready for college, already in a queerplatonic relationship and crushing hard on a guy she wants a romantic relationship with. I loved her friend group and her family dynamic - they were close, but things were still complicated. And I loved that this was not a book about miscommunication, as so many can be, but a story about personalities that work together and ones that don't and when to ...more
Chandra
Jul 06, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5/5 rounded up.
First off let me just say this cover is everything!

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