Tack & Jibe
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This is an age-gap with a light ice queen character. Willa is 22 and Lane is 36. I actually liked both characters but I found Willa ...more
This age-gap book was a fast read. Suzanne's style of writing is a pleasant one and I enjoyed the book a lot. This book is about Willa and Lane, Willa lives a lie and Lane doesn't seem to know how to live.
Willa's has a large following on social media, especially Instagram. And her life looks great on social, with her pimped up pictures sh ...more
Rep: bi/pan mc, lesbian li, wlw side characters
Galley provided by publisher
The vast majority of adult f/f romances I have read have bored me to tears, and that is not the overstatement I wish it was. That was, gladly, anything but the case here.
Tack and Jibe is an opposites-attract type romance between Willa, a 22 year old who works in a sailing equipment shop and runs a popular Instagram account, and Lane, a 36 year old ex-competitive sailor who now works as an estate agent in he ...more
Rep: multi-gender attracted MC, lesbian love interest ...more
A great summer read with a lot of queer rep.
The pacing was not great especially towards the end and the romance itself was not much believable to me. But I liked all of the characters and the island and sailing theme was well executed.
It took up some important subjects, like for example having less money than your friends, lying/exaggerate on social media to get likes and painting a picture of your life that isn't really true and then "getting stuck" in the lies, feeling like you're never good enough for your parents etc. The book also represented different sexualities and relationships well.
The romance was slow burn but ...more
Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
Okay, well 😂🙈 the book started out really well. I loved the writing and the way our MC - Willa - was presented to us. Her problems, her lies, her personality. It was fun and great, although she did sound like a 17 y/o a lot of times, not gonna lie. And I loved how the story flowed.
But - it went too fast. I felt like it was so fast paced that we didn't get to see in depth of the characters and didn't really have much time to connect with the ...more
The best part of this book is the romance and the conflict that brings them together. Willa has built a devoted social media following based on her passion for sailing and her job at a sailing supply store. When a follower signs her up for a sailing race on her island, she panics, because she doesn't actually know how to sail - everything was built on a lie. She enlists the help of a stranger, Lane, a former champion. The slow build of Willa's lie felt so realistic, you could feel how t ...more
I am actually struggling to really expr ...more
I loved this book so much!! Willa's story is so important in the era of social media, where we all try to perfectly curate our life and make it seems so perfect from the outside. I love her character so much, her spontaneity but also her seriousness when the situation requires it. I can say the same thing about Lane, how many times did I change myself just to please my loved ones. I believe there's a bit of Willa and Lane in every ...more
Tack & Jibe is a very cute, very funny sailing-centric romance that—perplexingly—decides to drop the sailing plot halfway through.
– Breezy, whimsical writing style
– Lots of little funny moments
– Willa and Lane's dynamic
– Good (if sudden) character growth
– Engaging first half
– Never comes together into a cohesive whole
– Tack & Jibe stops being the book promised halfway through
– Struggles to hold attention after 65% mark
– Sailing lingo sounds like gibberish if you don't sail
It definitely has some commonalities with Jilted. The main character has really deep-seated flaws—not just problems in her life that she needs to overcome, or a supposed character flaw that's only ...more
This was a fast read, made me want to go to the beach to have a picnic watching the sunset. Sounds beautiful.
Sadly the book to me was a bit all over the place. According to the blurb we were getting a book about a sailing competition and how the mc was going to have a crush on her trainer. We got a teeny tiny bit with that and the rest was everything else.
There were many tiny time jumps, then things happened fast, then a bit of misunderstandings, then the book was over.
Ugh... I wish I wrote it.
Willa is twenty-two years old girl who lives in one of those islands where everybody knows everybody and there is nothing to do if not being miserable. And she's like this. She lives a simple life with a job, a best friend and a very popular instagram account ( with some partnerships too ). She made herself and by this I mean that she did her best to create a pleasurabl ...more
Thank you Net ...more
I Honestly felt so sad for Willa to the point of crying sometimes. She was left alone. they made her feel unwanted and that created so many issues to her character. nevertheless, I enjoyed her point of view, usually i'm not into one person point of view. I felt her growth.
Loved this book and I highly recommend it. I got it today and finished it unde ...more
Cute sapphic romance about complex characters that struggled a bit with pacing.
Content warnings include: sex on-page, 14 year age difference (22yo/36yo), oppressive parents; mentions of :absent parent, comphet.
Willa was an interesting protagonist. Pretty much everything about her life is based on lies, which is also what drives the plot of the book: she gets signed up for a sailing competition when she can't even sail.
The actual sailing competition plot only took about 50% of the boo ...more
Tack & Jibe is a richly descriptive novel set in the Outer Banks. If you've ever had your hair tousled by a sea breeze or spent any time in a sleepy beach town this read is a must. Willa is finding her way in life, a challenge in itself, not made easier by a 'little' lie she told on a resume to secure a job. When the lie that seemed little turns her life upside down she will do anything to stay ahead.
This novel flows wonderfully. The writing style is something I wish more authors were as exp ...more
If you were to look at Willa’s Instagram feed, you would assume that her life is perfect. She has carefully cultivated and filtered every aspect of her world to find the most likable version of herself. Unfortunately, this “Willa” is built around a life-defining lie. Willa has made a name for herself as a sailing-personality, in spite of the fact that she has no idea how to sail. If anyone ...more
The characters were interesting with Willa bumbling and fumbling her w ...more
Willa is young, impulsive and loves her job. But there's a problem - She lied to get her job and it's not a little white lie.
Lane is in her 30's, gorgeous, well educated and working at a job she hates. She used to sail competitively but gave it up unexpectedly.
Lane is struggling with her sexuality. Willa knows exactly who she wants.
They literally run into one another which leads to an angry introuduction and misunders ...more
Willa is a 22 year old floating through life, trying to find her way in a small beach town. She's a social media junkie, curating the perfect image of herself as a beach bum optimist who happens to me a fantastic sailor. The problem? She's definitely not. Willa recruits the help of Lane, a 36 year old award winning sailor who's trying to find her own identity.
The whole aesthetic of this book was really pleasing. It wa ...more
Tack & Jibe is an easy read that packs in a lot of complicated conversations about financial inequality, queerness, and internet culture. I really enjoyed the character of Willa and even though the story was centered around her lying about her sailing abilities, I found her to be a really endearing character. Overall, I thought the plot was cleverly done and I really appreciated the character development ...more
I really enjoyed this! I was irritated at the 22-year-olds a few times, but that's likely due to me being a grouchy 32yo more than the writing itself. One of the reasons I read so many YA novels is that teenagers are allowed to be messy in a way that adults aren't allowed to, and I really enjoyed seeing a 22yo and a 36yo who had things to figure out about their lives. The age difference didn't bother me, and I appreciated how much learning Willa and Lane had to do about each ot ...more