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Read Me Like a Book by Liz Kessler
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really liked it
bookshelves: review-books, uk-author, ukya, lgbt

This story is the coming out story of Ashleigh. Ashleigh has been having a tough time at home as she's living with her parents as their marriage falls apart. As a result she's struggling and feeling a bit lost.

I like that the coming out part of this story comes as a surprise to even the main character and out of nowhere. Ashleigh assumes she is straight and as a consequence starts a new relationship with a boy. She only questions it when things with him don't go well when he starts treating her poorly, things go wrong and find herself turning to her new English teacher for help when it all gets too much. The attraction she suddenly finds she has to Miss Murrary comes out of nowhere and suddenly opens Ashleigh's eyes to what she actually wants in life and from a relationship. I liked what this book had to say about how Ashleigh came to realise she was gay and how those around her reacted in a range of ways and that Asheligh just had to decide to focus on those who supported her and ignore the views of those who did not.

The only thing that niggled me slightly with this book was the whole "oh we knew you were gay" reaction Ashleigh got from several people. It just niggled me that they clearly 'knew' when Ashleigh had no idea herself. It says something about stereotypes which I'm not sure I'm entirely comfortable with.

Apart from that niggle I thought it was an important and thoughtful book and a welcome addition to the YA market.

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Reading Progress

August 12, 2014 – Shelved
August 12, 2014 – Shelved as: wishlist
April 22, 2015 – Started Reading
April 22, 2015 – Shelved as: uk-author
April 22, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
April 22, 2015 – Shelved as: review-books
April 22, 2015 – Shelved as: ukya
April 22, 2015 – Shelved as: lgbt
April 24, 2015 – Finished Reading

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