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Starting from Scratch

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  2,631 ratings  ·  144 reviews
My name is Avery King and I’m probably a lot like you. I’m a 34-year-old single lesbian and my heart belongs to my rescued mutt, Steve. I work as a graphic designer and my life is quiet and comfortable. All in all, I’m a pretty regular girl and for the most part, I lead a pretty regular life.

Things I look forward to: baking goodies and then sharing them; spendi
Paperback, 250 pages
Published February 9th 2010 by Brisk Press
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4.5 stars for audio version. It is a re-reading week for me. I re-read books quite a lot. I think it's comforting and I know I will enjoy it and what I'm getting.
The audiobook is read by the author, Georgia Beers. She does a good job with the dialogue but her cadence and pacing during the non-dialogue parts is distracting at times. She does do a great job in the angsty part of the book. I felt the pain Avery goes through. In many ways I can relate to Avery. This maybe why this is my favori
My second audio book this week and a re-read from Georgia Beers. I started it on the author’s birthday (May 14) and I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than to listen to her read her own story.

Starting from Scratch was published in 2010 so it could almost be a fall back Friday book. I first read it in April 2016 when I was just discovering the joy of lesfic again (after solely reading fanfic for many years).

I remember really loving this book and listening to the audio version now hasn’t changed my opi/>Starting
Gaby LezReviewBooks
Avery King is a graphic designer who has a big crush on her bank’s branch manager. She likes keeping her crush from a distance but when her best friend asks her to help coaching a tee ball team, she’s up for a surprise…

This is one of my favourite books by Georgia Beers, it’s a beautiful romance that highlights all the important things in life: love, family and baking! This is as much a romance as a story about family, loyalty, and friendship. It will take the reader through a gamut o
This is a review for the audiobook version.

Story: 4.2
Narration: 4.0

This is my first Georgia Beers story and I liked this a lot more than I thought I would.

The story is told through Avery's point of view and, Beers includes so much of her thoughts down to the minor details, it felt like it was in my own inner stream of consciousness which is a style that's unusual to capture and still be interesting.

I could relate to Avery's introverted, not liking or relating to c
This was a lovely pure romance with some tears shed along the way to a HEA.
Jan 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, audio
I really enjoyed every second of reading this novel! It's funny, deep, sweet and . . . very sexy!
On second reading I might like it even more!!!
Now I've listened to the audio version, and have to say Georgia Beers is as good a narrator (Amazing really) as she is writer!!!
I really enjoyed this book as an audiobook narrated by the author. Georgia Beers is not only a good writer, but a good narrator as well.
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
I was disenchanted with this book. I was looking forward to something witty and alive, as so many reviews raved. But boring was a good way to put it, it just lacked depth.

What surprised me most, was the similarity it has to one of my favorite books, Pitifully Ugly by Robin Alexander. It was stunning how practically the same story could be told by two different people and have completely different outcomes. new neighbor, online dating, funny dog, family emergency... it was too similar
Farah ファラ
This was my first lesbian romance, discovered / read it a few years back and I was happier and more excited than Dr. Abigail Chase when she discovered the National Treasure +
The City of Solid Gold.

Scribd has the audio and Ms.Beers narrated this herself. I'm not sure if this was her first but she excelled as Avery King and since Avery was the storyteller + the story was pretty interesting, taking off the earbuds was never pleasant.

Avery was not a stranger in the dat
Danika at The Lesbrary
I enjoyed this! Still getting into romance, but this worked for me. I could go even fluffier, but that's me. It was also interesting to listen to a romance author read their own work as an audiobook.
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For the first time ever I listened to an audio book that was narrated by the author herself. What struck me as really interesting was the nuance of the characters dialog. I mean they were characters in her head once she knows what they should sound like. Wow is all I can say. Ok the book was awesome too, but.. from an audio experience it was absolutely brilliant.
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: l-words
Detailed score: 4.5

It's sweet but not sickly. It's kid-dy but very respectful of those who don't find kids instantly adorable (in fact, this is one of the main storylines). Unlike other Beers novels, our leads get together in time to grow their relationship, at least a little bit, before they move to the 'three words'. In short, lesrom at its best.

It didn't quite get the round up because there is nothing particularly memorable or notable about it to boost it into the 5 s
Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vanilla-romance
Avery is a 30-something graphics artist and lifelong introvert. Her hobbies include baking, hiking with the dog and sneaking off to the bank for a peek at her crush. She gets roped into a tee-ball coaching stint and online dating by her pushy best friend, neither of which is something she looks forward to. But life can be full of surprises...

This is a light and easy read. The characters are likable and I got to care about them. I especially like the grandmother, as she reminds me so
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, f-f
I feel like I've been eating too many oysters (aka Geogia Beers book) and this one is tipping me over. I feel green and that's not an ecological reference. I so have a love-hate relationship with oysters.

There is that one trope, the one that screams "Destiny" and just annoys the hell out of me in this story : the multi coincidental meetings, namely : the bank, the kid-sport field, the new neighboor.

I was praying for the gorgeous banker to NOT be the second MC. It would have been so
Oct 10, 2013 rated it did not like it
After all the hype this book received here on GR, I was excited to read something new. But, to echo another review, the book fell very short of expectation. The characters were flat and frankly unbelievable, the story a bit trite and not engaging. And, to be honest, I expect some heat from the sex scenes. The interaction between the two lovers was written so distantly I felt bored: at one point the writer glazes over one such scene with a movie montage description. The immediate intimacy of the ...more
Jul 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommended to Serena by: Tina
Shelves: second-chances
To really get drawn into a book, u must have the opportunity to finish it within a reasonable amount of time.
Because of circumstances it took me a whole lot longer then normal to finish it.
This took the pace out of the story for me. Therefor my 3 star rating is only temporarily.
I must give this book another chance in the future, and read it again, and maybe change my rating.

As for the book itself. The sweet and funny characters, the sweet love story, really have a lot of pote
Jae Jae
Aug 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Georgia Beers is probably one of the most successful writers of contemporary lesbian fiction. The writing in Starting From Scratch is good, and it’s a solid novel, but for some reason, I thought it was missing a certain “spark” to keep me captivated. For me, the novel had too little conflict and suspense. Maybe that’s just me.

But what I really liked about this book is that it portrayed complex and realistic relationships between the main characters and minor characters. Avery’s grand
Amber Hodges
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this one! Was my first lesbian romance but very well done! Will be listening to more from her in the future
Oct 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Cute and fluffy. I'm rather enjoying lately reading books about lesbians who are adults. No coming out stories necessary. Instead, they're just regular stories about meeting someone and falling in love. They're sweet and worth the few hours it takes to read them, if only to remind myself that when we get stories that don't treat us as "other," they can be wonderfully boring in their normalcy.
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I initially read this book in December 2012. It was about one month after my mother passed away. I didn't write a review at that time. I couldn't. (If you've read the book, you know why. If you haven't, you will.) It did not mean that I didn't like the book. That's so far from the truth.

Instead, like pretty much every book I've read by Georgia Beers, the writing, story, and characters hit me in just the right way to expose so many emotions. So, yeah, I put that review to the side.

I recently drove from Chicago, IL to San Ddid 
Livia Rabelo
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I didn’t know what to expect of this book but was surprised with it, it was very sweet, despite of not being blown away, and having the most tamed and even boring sex scenes, overall it was a good reading.
Elaine Burnes
Jul 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lesbian
Now for something completely different. Whew. I couldn't wait to read this after #16 and I wasn't disappointed. I was also looking forward to more Georgia Beers after her story in Outsiders. This is fun and well written while also being touching and poignant. (Can anyone explain the acknowledgments section? "And to that tiny handful who would have liked to see me fall apart and disappear the name of power and greed...shame on you." Wow.) Thankfully, whatever transpired, she did n ...more
Feb 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: queer, fiction
Well, this was worth the loooong wait for a new Georgia Beers novel. They always leave me with a small ball of happy inside and are really engaging while reading them.

I'm not sure how she does it, but she always makes up characters I really find myself caring about. It was no different in this latest one. It is written in first person, a style I often have problems with, but it really worked for this main character, Avery. Her commentary on her life is often funny, but not annoyingly
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4,5/5 stars. I got my hands on the audiobook version from scribd, and gosh I was not disappointed. I’m usually not a fan of audiobooks, quite frankly because listening to people talking all day is already very tiering, but the narration of this one made it to a very enjoyable time.

I loved the character development and that it so was believable. I liked that Max already had two mums, cause not every lesbian book I read should be stuffed full of denial and anxiety about coming out. I really liked
Liz Blue
Jul 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Awesome. Deeply developed characters, a child character who was a character and not a plot device, and believable conflict for a contemporary. The final obstacle was a tiny bit on the "just TALK to each other" side--but Beers made sure that the lack of communication was in character. I highly recommend this for romance lovers.
C. Mack
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A lovely, heartwarming romance that will leave you warm, fuzzy and with a little lump in your throat.
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was mainly a light read without villains or any real antagonists. The narration was smooth and the story of two people falling in love was beautiful. Almost everything that happened felt fairly predictable to me, but not in the bad, groan-inducing way. It’s the type of romance I love for its dependability - you know from the beginning who ends with whom, but you want to see the journey it takes. I liked how Avery wasn’t instantly good with kids and needed some time to find her way to t ...more
Jul 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book was one of the books I had on my list a long time ago when I first started looking for books with queer characters, and for whatever reason, it never made it to the list of books I actually ended up reading.

But I finally got to it, and my opinion is not a positive one.

I'm just going to share all the things I found problematic and things that just annoyed me, bullet point style.

⦁ Ableist slurs/language: use of st*pid, cr*zy, l*me, id*ot, d*mb, ins*ne.
Krouton Girl
Aug 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I find the amount of unnecessary details a little tiring. Still 3 stars because my girlfriend absolutely loves this book, says its Georgia's best one, so there might be something wrong with me becaue I felt very bored reading it.
Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book by far is the best from Georgia Beers. Ms Beers has her own way with words and storytelling. It’s an easy, light read. The story is beautiful, the characters are sweet and lovable, and the chemistry is all there. Description of sex scenes and love making is very unique. The scenes are not vague but it leaves a lot to the readers’ imagination unlike some books with too many unnecessary sex scenes, too descriptive and poorly written that make you think are reading a porno story. And they ...more
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Lambda and Golden Crown Literary Award-winning author Georgia Beers lives in Rochester, New York. She has been writing for as long as she can remember, and published her first lesbian novel in 2000.