In this moment, Amy was all about the joy on Caro's face.
This was one of those books that just made me really happy somehow, despite the flaws it had here and there. It dealt with serious and heavy issues in a way that I appreciated (mostly) but was also just light and realistic in the portrayal of its characters and I liked it so much. Perhaps it's just the kind of book that I needed right now. I just really appreciated how the author really showed us the characters becoming closer, through mundane conversations, their great dialogue and banter, the little back-and-forths, all the teething parts of a new relationship. Liked it said, it felt so real somehow, and so many parts of this made me smile. Especially Doug, who is such a great dog, and every single nickname Amy had for him was so good lol. In a lot of ways it was a simple story, and I can't say the writing or the style impressed me, but the fact that the characters felt like real people went a long way towards making me like it.
Caro's depression and Amy's ADHD were worked well into their stories and personalities. It's always great seeing therapy treated as natural and normal. I loved that biphobia was so thoroughly addressed, especially how it happens within the queer community. I didn't care much for the sports bits, but hey, I rarely do. There were some difficult conversations to be had near them end, handled with varying degrees of deftness. I rarely enjoy how coming out is written about, and sadly this didn't really change my mind on that (though to be clear: I've read MUCH worse, and it's subjective, anyway). Some aspects of the final conflict really frustrated me in how it was written and how the characters reacted and how it was a bit too easily resolved. But I still think kudos is deserved just for the way some of those conversations were handled, and how they kept the lines of communication open.
Content warning for a fair amount of on-page verbal homophobia, and past suicide ideation.
A note on the cover: I like it, but it really doesn't suit the characters now that I've read the book! I know it's not the easiest thing getting good f/f covers, but it would have been great if, idk, the facial expressions had been switched. That smile on the blonde is definitely an Amy smile, rather than a Caro smile.
This was really enjoyable. It had its bumps, but honestly, I just keep coming back to how much this book made me smile. 3.5 stars.
☆ Review copy provided via NetGalley.