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You Don't Live Here

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  559 ratings  ·  99 reviews
Robyn Schneider, author of The Beginning of Everything, delivers a witty and heartbreaking tale of first love, second beginnings, and last chances in this timely and authentic bisexual coming-of-age story, perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera.

In Southern California, no one lives more than thirty miles from the nearest fault line. Sasha Bloom is standing ri
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published June 2nd 2020 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Think "Lorelai Gilmore died in an Earthquake, leaving Rory to move in with Richard and Emily" if they all lived in California, Rory was bi and more into photography than literature, and Jess was a girl. There are some really lovely coming-of-age moments here and especially in a queer context, where Sasha gives a lot of thought to what she wants, what's right for her, what makes a good friend, and how you discern attraction from really wanting to be with someone, and Sasha and Lily are really cut ...more
Mar 08, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating: 2.5 stars

When it comes to You Don’t Live Here, I have mixed feelings. I didn’t love the book, but I didn’t hate it. I really wanted to love this book, and in the beginning I did; it started out so strong. But by the end of the book, I found that while I liked the story, but I was also bored with it—not enough to hate it or even fully dislike it, but enough to feel dissatisfied with my reading experience. It’s not that I need a story to be 100 percent fresh and new and exciting, bu
2.5 stars.
I'm kind of conflicted with this book. The premise sounded interesting and I was into it in the beginning. A big earthquake hits SoCal and in an area I know! Nitpicky thing but I've never heard anybody refer to San Bernardino county as San Bernardino Valley before so that was kind of weird. I feel like the author just googled the area. ANYWAY, big earthquake hits and the MC's mother dies in the quake. She moves in with her grandparents and her life is turned upside down.
Some of the cha
Lauren Bruneau
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
i’m sure sasha and lily enjoyed the feeling of schadenfreude after trump lost
Look I wanted to love this but I couldn’t get past the “she’s pretty for a 37 year old” comment right at the beginning.
✯ livia ✯
My Rating: 2.5 stars rounded up

In California, you're never more than 30 miles away from the nearest fault line. When a huge earthquake kills Sasha's mother, she's forced to live with her rich grandparents in Republican suburbia. This is difficult for Sasha, a plus-size bi girl, because she has to put herself away to please her grandparents. This all goes up into flames when she meets Cole and Lily, whom she gets crushes on. Will Sasha break down her walls?

My Breakdown:

- My whole review accid
Jun 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved the story but why do people hate the word "lesbian" so much ? The love interest keeps saying she's "gay" and the word "lesbian" is only used twice in the whole book. Twice by homophobic characters. For real "lesbian" is not a bad word. ...more
♥ Jasmine ♥
This book is honestly one of the most underrated books I’ve ever seen. As someone who was just like the main character with exploring her sexuality, this book honestly really spoke out to me and it makes me proud that I’m true and proud of being bisexual. 💖💜💙
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
I actually haven't read any Schneider since her debut, since most of them didn't sound like my genre, but now she's here with an f/f contemporary romance, and so obviously I'm here too. I liked this one, which I listened to in one marathon session on audiobook during a road trip to quarantine with a friend rather than at home.

The concept on this one is kinda weird. It's almost exactly like a shyer Rory Gilmore ends up going to live with Richard and Emily, who she doesn't know very well, after he
Nov 08, 2020 rated it liked it
This one made it clear to me I've really outgrown YA Contemporary. I'd always think, 16-year-olds aren't like that in real life, are they? And my teenage years aren't even that long ago...

I'm glad for the representation but it kinda hurts to see a pattern in the very few stories made for us. She's bi and she's with a guy, she must be cheating! I hated that. Why was Lily so mad? I truly felt for Sasha. But coming out isn't that easy for everyone.

The straight white boy redemption arc was also
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, wishlist
It's late, and I have work tomorrow, and I should really go to sleep soon, but I have to put all of my thoughts about this wonderful book into words as soon as possible.

I already knew going into this book that I would see myself reflected a lot in it. Our protagonist, Sasha, is a bisexual high school student living in Orange County, California. Five years ago, so was I. (Side note: I no longer identify as bisexual, and would therefore not consider myself a strictly #ownvoices reviewer for this b
Alexa Abee
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You can check out this review and my other reviews at Writing the Universe

Title: You Don’t Live Here
Author: Robyn Schneider
Pub. Date: June 2, 2020
Rating: 3.75

This will be a spoiler free review.

I’m going to start by saying that I loved this book. I read it in one sitting, went through a range of emotions. I was reminded why I love Robyn’s books and how amazing she is at crafting a story.
With that being said, I struggled to figure out what to rate this book, hence the 3.75 rating. I usually don’
May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen
This just may be the ultimate queer female romance. I sincerely loved each character and thought they were so thoughtfully executed. While I loved these characters and their insightful conversations and witty banter and thought the growth of Sasha was exceptional, the parts that resonated with me the most were the conversations *about* the adult characters. It was important for me to read that teens expect adults to have it together a bit more than we do. That it’s doubly confusing for teens whe ...more
Chelsea Briggs
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful and quick read. I became quickly attached to all of the characters; Sasha, Lily, and even Cole. The dynamic between Sasha and her grandparents gave off heavy Gilmore Girl vibes and I was definitely there for it. I wish we could have had more insight into Sasha and her mother's life before the earthquake happened, but the character development afterwards is phenomenal. I love this story and the easy readability of it and would recommend it for a nice poolside read or somethin ...more
Emily Chen
Feb 06, 2021 rated it liked it
Not bad, but it just felt rather forced at some points in the book to the point where I was almost skimming the page. Schneider’s other books dig deeper.
Apr 13, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Super excited to read Robyn’s new book! 💜
Alexa Blart, Library Cop
Ooooh this was a toughie. About halfway through listening to this I thought FOR SURE it was gonna be a 2/3-star read, because I just found it so incredibly frustrating. The main character was passive, the people in her life were uniformly terrible, and while the portrayal of grief was very well-handled and one of the strongest parts of the was just really really hard to see the main character go through such a terrible thing and then be subjected to things like controlling, critical g ...more
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
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I won’t lie: I was sold on this book when Dahlia Adler compared it to Gilmore Girls but if “Lorelai Gilmore died in an earthquake, leaving Rory to move in with Richard and Emily,” because I wanted to like Gilmore Girls but couldn’t, and a very savage part of me would have loved it if the show had killed Lorelai in an earthquake. But I digress.

You Don’t Live Here is a sweet exploration of finding one’s identity and a good bit of bisexual representation. As a story, I found it a little underwhelm
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sasha lives with her mother in a small California town, works at a local museum, and hides behind her camera at school where she joined the yearbook so she wouldn't have to make friends.

All that changes in an instant when an earthquake tears her world apart- taking Sasha's mother away from her and leaving her to live with her estranged grandparents.

Sasha's grandparents didn't agree with many of their daughter's choices in life. Sasha's move to live with them seems to be their opportunity to gr

The author’s previous book also deals with the death of a loved one and shitty friend group! Though, the story is wildly different, it did have me raising my eyebrows. Honestly, I was nervous reading the book the whole time because I dreaded every scene with her WASPY-Repubican-helicopter grandparents and her terrible initial friend group.

Everyone was just stomping all over Sasha and it was so frustrating. The book partly blames her for not being open about herself, but if an environment is
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received this as an eARC through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

After an earthquake shakes Sasha's Californian hometown, she is left parent-less. Sasha moves in with her grandparents. Their style of living is very different from the one Sasha's mother built with her. Sasha's conservative grandparents place high values on the right friendships, degrees, and life-style. Sasha is a talented photographer, but her grandparents have decided that it is better for her to focus on going to
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 25, 2020 rated it liked it
I liked this, but at the same time there was just something off about it. I think that part of the plot wasn't well executed. I feel like it skimmed the surface level of all of the topics it wanted to touch on, such as grief and sexuality.

Sasha Bloom's mother died in an earthquake so she must move in with her grandparents (her mother's parents). So begins many changes in her life, her grandparents essentially molding her into an image that her own mother didn't want to fit. Four AP classes, moc
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Sasha Bloom lives next to a fault line but she never really thinks about how it may impact her life until the earthquake hits and changes her life. Sasha's mother is killed and she finds herself living in her grandparents' mansion in a wealthy and conservative community. Sasha's grandmother pushes her to try to fit in and Sasha is befriended by a group of popular kids and she is noticed by Cole Edwards, the popular and beau
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I somehow went into this not having a single idea what it was actually about. I have never read anything by the author before, and the first paragraph talks about eels falling from the sky, so I had this vague idea that it might be magical realism, but that was it.

Turns out, it's a heartfelt story about figuring out who you are and what your place is in the world, figuring out how to keep moving forward when you whole life has turned upside down, and oh yeah - some amazing bi representation. A
Erin Logan
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Sasha was working her job at a museum gift shop the day he world literally crumbled. She survives an earthquake which she later learns killed her mother at work. With her father out of the picture, she's forced to move in with her yuppie grandparents she barely knows to start her life over as a high school junior. Before her mother died, Sasha never got the chance to tell her how she felt about her own sexuality, and now Sasha isn't sure she can come out to her Fox-News-watching grandparents who ...more
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
You Don't Live Here revolves around Sasha's life and the tragic experiences burdening it. But when Sasha's mom dies in a fatal earthquake and is sent to live with her grandparents and engage in their supercilious organizations Sasha starts to realize that she's never going to be the person her grandparents want her to be. Sasha's never going to be a future lawyer, or be truly socially accepted, or straight. But Sasha's okay with who she is. The question is, will her grand parents be? You Don't L ...more
Laura Stone
Feb 07, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, queer
I enjoyed this book:

- The writing was fantastic
- The main characters were sufficiently well-rounded
- I enjoy when there's good queer representation, even better when there's some interracial dating stuff going on (this was pretty light, but it was there)

Two thing that made me less excited about it:
1. The ending felt too tidy (maybe this was a pacing issue?). Hopefully not gonna spoil anything by saying it, but it felt like there was some tension but then everything just fixed itself really quick
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Robyn Schneider is the bestselling author of The Beginning of Everything and Extraordinary Means, which have earned numerous starred reviews, appear on many state reading lists, and are published in over a dozen countries. Her next book, Invisible Ghosts, comes out in June from Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins. Robyn is a graduate of Columbia University, where she studied creative writing, and ...more

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