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The Key to You and Me

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  883 ratings  ·  191 reviews
A sweet and funny #ownvoices LGBTQ+ romance perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli and Julie Murphy, from the critically acclaimed author of Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit!

Piper Kitts is spending the summer living with her grandmother, training at the barn of a former Olympic horseback rider, and trying to get over her ex-girlfriend. Much to Piper’s dismay, her gr
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Published April 20th 2021 by HarperTeen
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Lex Kent
Apr 19, 2021 rated it liked it
2.75 Stars. This was just okay. I heard this book was a sweet and funny romance about sapphic women who ride horses. I thought yes please! It’s funny that I have not read many books about people who want to compete with horses professionally, but in this past week I have read two. Both were about dressage riders wanting to be in the Olympics. The problem is the first book had a sweeping romance with lots of horses, this book not so much.

I’m familiar with this author and the premise gave me high
Jun 19, 2020 marked it as to-read
Queer girls?!?!
This book was clearly written for me.
Sep 07, 2020 marked it as to-read
this book represents my reading tastes coming full circle, from horse girl to sapphics to horse girl sapphics

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This is a light and quick contemporary YA featuring sapphic horse girls that's a great summer read. I really liked the whole idea behind this one and it did feature some key rom-com tropes. Plus I quite liked the two narrators, Piper and Kat.

For those thinking this is a YA rom-com, it's not really - it's more a YA contemporary. There are rom-com tropes like misunderstandings and I'm-going-to-set-you-up-except-now-this-has-backfired-because-I-have-feelings-instead, but for most almost half the b
L. | That_Bookdragon
Aug 24, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: owned
I’m going to DNF this and I’m very sad about it because sapphic horse girl? Sign me up!
But the writing is strange and idk but the way the author writes her queer characters makes me super uncomfortable at times (which is weird considering the author is queer). So yeah, it’s a big disappointment but I guess it is what it is


I'm a simple woman, I see queer girls and horse riding in the same sentence, I click want to read
1.5/5 Stars

This was my first book by Jaye Robin Brown and I was really excited to read it as one of her other books, Georgia, Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit, is one of the classics of sapphic YA literature, but sadly I was let down. The Key to You and Me follows Piper and Kat. Piper is moving across the country to stay with her grandmother over the summer so that she can train with an ex-Olympian horse rider and get over her ex-girlfriend. There she meets Kat who is questioning her sexuality
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
Thank you to Edelweiss and HarperTeen publishing for providing me an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Listen, I wanted to like this book SO BAD. As I was reading I just kept telling myself, “it’ll get better, it’ll get better.” Spoiler alert ... it did not get better.

The Key To You And Me by Jaye Robin Brown is a book about a girl, Piper, who rides horses competitively moving to her grandmother’s small town to train with an Olympic rider. Her grandmother forces her to learn ho
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lgbtqiap-reads
Maybe 2.5?

I really don't know how I feel about this book.
Not a lot was going on and it became quite repetitive after the first third of the book. Also, there were homophobic/acephobic comments here and there and you could tell that they were meant to be funny but they made me really uncomfortable. I hate when people write that it would be 'easier' to get through life if you were ace, because let me tell you - it is not. It also seems to be the only 'rep' we get in a lot of queer books these days
Shelby Hanner
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Apr 20, 2021 rated it it was ok
Happy release day to The Key to You and Me! A will-they-won't-they slow burn romance meets high school coming of age in this YA romance by author Jaye Robin Brown.

Senior-to-be, horse-loving Piper decides to spend the summer at her equally horse-obsessed grandmother's home, in hopes of working for a former Olympian in pursuit of her own dream. One condition Piper must meet is getting her driver's license- something she's been terrified to do- while in North Carolina. Her grandmother arranges for
Apr 20, 2021 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this but this is love square and it can't be more annoying than here. Overall disappointing. ...more
Jaye Berry
This really is the ultimate horse girl book. Unfortunately I am not a horse girl.

The Key to You and Me is about a girl named Piper who is spending the summer living with her grandmother, training at the barn of a former Olympic horseback rider, and trying to get over her ex-girlfriend. Her grandmother soon forces her to face her fear of driving and hires a local girl to teach Piper. Kat has always suspected she liked girls but has always been too afraid to come out in her North Carolina town but
The Key to You and Me definitely had its cute moments. At times, though, I was kind of annoyed with what was going on. In this, you will meet Kat and Piper. They were okay characters but pretty predictable. I think out of everyone, I liked Elliot the most. Now he was a precious gem in my eyes.

The romance was okay but at times things felt forced. Whether it was between the two romantic interests or outside of it. I get why some people think Kat's family is pressuring her to come out, but I didn'
Such a cute book! I had so much fun reading Piper and Kat’s story, so sweet! I had to laugh out loud more than once, Jaye Robin Brown’s humour is awesome! I also loved the writing style, it made me rush through the pages! The ending was a little too fast paced for my personal liking, I would have loved to have a few more pages here. But All in all it was such a nice story, that I’ll definitely read again some day.
Verónica Fleitas Solich
Jun 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
A beautiful and sweet story that is a positive path of recognition, beginnings, life choices and family relationships among many other topics.
It is not a divine revelation but it was good and the truth is that it hooked me a lot, I just couldn't stop listening to it.
It's entertaining and I found myself wishing the leads all the best.
I enjoyed it a lot.
Aug 09, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: lesbian-rep
2.75 Stars

This book was a pretty average YA contemporary romance. I liked the characters fine, and the writing was good. The plot was rather predictable and I didn't love it or hate it. I didn't like the themes around coming out in this book. I felt like Kat was being pressured by her family to come out when she wasn't ready, and nothing about that was every addressed. You never have to come out before you're ready, and no one is entitled to your sexuality, folx.

Anyway, this was fine, but not gr
Rating: 2/5

Being disappointed by such a promising book was not how my day was supposed to go but here we are I guess.

When I read the synopsis of this book months ago, I was like "wow! Sapphics, horse girls, learning to drive, sign me up!" and then I was approved for an eARC and I was elated to finally read it! And then I read it.

Where do I even start with this review?

It was a promising premise that didn't deliver and there were lots of tropes used that aren't my thing. Thus, my low rating. Whi
Apr 27, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2021-reads
The synopsis said queer girls + horses + fear of driving and I was HOOKED. I just wasn't expecting it to be a handful of nothing.

Here we follow horse rider Piper, who has big dreams for her future (*cough* one being getting her ex back *cough*), and wanna-be entrepreneur Kat, who's trying to figure out who she is. When MaMolly proposes she teach her granddaughter how to drive, Kat sees it as an opportunity to save money to "invest" in her sister's future, but soon realises it might also be a gre
Danika at The Lesbrary
I probably shouldn't have tried this one, in retrospect.

The writing didn't agree with me, I didn't like the age gap stuff, and I mistakenly went in thinking this would be a road trip novel (based solely on the cover having a car).

Full review at the Lesbrary.
Jun 25, 2021 rated it it was ok
1.5 the only salvageable character is kat
sirius proserpine
the only horse girl book i respect
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
The Key to You and Me is a delightful contemporary novel with an f/f romance. Piper and Kat have distinct voices, though I did listen to the audio which very literally had different voices, and I enjoyed both perspectives. There's definitely some messiness here in terms of how the romance unfolds, but it was all for the good to me. It wasn't the sort of mess that made me loathe the main relationship; it all just felt very teenage and very searching for who you are/what you want. The romance itse ...more
May 28, 2022 rated it liked it
When I heard this was a sweet YA romance between a girl who rides horses but is afraid of driving and another girl who will give her lessons to get past her fears, I thought yes please, sounds great! However, will this was a nice easy to listen to kind of book, ultimately it didn't impact me like I wanted it to. I didn't connect with the romance, I wasn't holding my breath or waiting for the anticipation, the chemistry. It went by, I enjoyed myself, I liked the characters enough but nothing more ...more
Jun 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2021
Maybe like 3.5? I am so psyched that queer horse girl is a genre though. Wish it has been when I was a teenager!!!
Jun 25, 2021 rated it liked it
i was super close to giving it a 2.
May 05, 2022 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was...fine. Not great, not bad. I don't have much to say about it beyond that.

CW: underage drink, non-consensual kiss, homophobia
Jun 21, 2021 rated it it was ok
I liked the characters but the story just was really kinda boring, had very little conflict, and ended rather abruptly all wrapped up.
ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

I'm bouncing between 2.5 - 3 stars because I have a lot of mixed emotions about this book, so let's get into it.

The Key to You and Me follows two protagonists: Kat and Piper. Piper is going through a rough breakup, and on top of that, her trainer at the barn had to step down due to an injury, so she takes up an offer from her grandmother to stay with her for the summer in North Carolina to train with a forme
Lisa Pineo
Review by Lisa Pineo

*I received this eARC from HarperTeen via Edelweiss+ in return for an honest review.

My ratings: * I hated it ** It was okay *** I liked it **** Really good ***** Great

I expected a fast paced romp but got a slow burn in Jaye Robin Brown's YA novel, "The Key to You and Me." 3.5 stars

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"Piper Kitts is spending the summer living with her grandmother, training at the barn of a former Olympic horseback rider, and trying to get over her ex-girlfriend.
Oct 23, 2020 rated it liked it
3/5 stars!

Piper Kitts is spending the summer living with her grandmother, training at the barn of a former Olympic horseback rider, and trying to get over her ex-girlfriend. Much to Piper’s dismay, her grandmother is making her face her fear of driving head-on by taking lessons from a girl in town.

Kat Pearson has always suspected that she likes girls, but fears her North Carolina town is too small to color outside the lines. But when Piper comes to town and her grandmother hires Kat t
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Jaye Robin Brown, or JRo to her friends, has been many things in her life--jeweler, mediator, high school art teacher--but now writes full-time. She lives with her wife, dogs, cats, and horses in a sweet house in NC horse country where she hopes to live happily ever after. She is the author of young adult novels, NO PLACE TO FALL, WILL'S STORY, GEORGIA PEACHES AND OTHER FORBIDDEN FRUIT, THE MEANIN ...more

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