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Winning by Lara Deloza
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really liked it
bookshelves: 2016-releases, quiltbag-ya, lgbtqreads, harper

This was fun, and I'm sorry it's not getting more attention, especially with one of the POV characters being a lesbian who actually gets some. There was definitely more I wanted out of it - the POV divisions/who gets how much airtime and for what didn't really work for me (I didn't need Ivy or Sloane, personally, and I kept waiting for Erin, which I wanted for about a billion reasons), and the lack of depth of the characters kept me from having the right read on the plot until it was over, but the premise and easy reading style alone, not to mention a little cute f/f-ness, should be getting this much more widely read than it is.

ETA, 3/25/16: Honestly, the more I think about this book, the more I appreciate it. I do have those qualms about it, but man, is it rare for out queer girls to get storylines like this. It's especially interesting the way her queerness is approached by different characters - how it's used to manipulate her to varying levels of success, but how she uses it right back, but then it also has its own pure relationship that's great...which leads me to my (spoiler-containing) explanation of the above comment about "the right read," now that I feel I can better articulate it after some thought.

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Reading Progress

January 20, 2016 – Shelved
January 20, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
March 8, 2016 – Shelved as: 2016-releases
March 12, 2016 – Started Reading
March 12, 2016 – Finished Reading
June 9, 2016 – Shelved as: quiltbag-ya
June 9, 2016 – Shelved as: lgbtqreads
June 9, 2016 – Shelved as: harper

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Lauren R. Yes! Totally would have loved Erin's POV.

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