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Ashley Herring Blake

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Tekijän teokset

Delilah Green Doesn't Care (2022) 841 kappaletta
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Associated Works

This Is Our Rainbow: 16 Stories of Her, Him, Them, and Us (2021) — Avustaja — 134 kappaletta

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Yleistieto

Syntymäaika
20th Century
Sukupuoli
female
Kansalaisuus
USA
Ammatit
teacher
writer
Agentti
Rebecca Podos (Rees Agency)

Jäseniä

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Delilah Green returns to her hometown after a decade away to photograph her estranged step-sister Astrid’s wedding. She doesn’t particularly want to see stuck-up Astrid or her horrible step-mother again, but it’s a lot of money. She’ll just get in and out and never think about it again. But Astrid’s fiance is unconscionably horrible, and Astrid’s best friend Claire is very beautiful and sweet, and seeing her step-mother again brings up a lot of feelings she had repressed. Maybe Delilah cares more than she thought?

A very fun, spicy, queer romance. I liked that basically all of the obstacles are related to external factors and not actually anything between the couple. There is a Chekov’s bet which was really unnecessary, but other than that it’s all about Delilah’s childhood trauma and Claire’s young single motherhood. The story is just as much about Delilah and Astrid as it is about Delilah and Claire, which made it feel like a really full story. I found ALL of the characters pretty relatable, Delilah and Claire and Astrid and Iris. I don’t usually like to pick up romance sequels but I might here.
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½
 
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norabelle414 | 13 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 21, 2024 |
It wouldn't be a FF romance without astrology in it lol
 
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Moshepit20 | 8 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 27, 2024 |
   Finally I'm done! This collection took me forever because I struggle to connect with characters when it's just a brief little story with them.

Recommended: for some people
If you like short stories, if you can buy into love stories quickly, if you're a sucker for those "first confession / first kiss" kind of scenes

Thoughts:
UGH. I'm so sad I'm starting this off with a groan, but... dang. I always struggle with short stories, but I had hoped this would be different. I live for those moments in books where the characters finally come together and admit how they feel, but this collection just didn't do it for me. If any of my difficulties below resonate with you, then you might want to dodge this one, but I think a lot of folks will treasure this collection.

Issue #1: since they're all short stories, they all read as insta-love to me because it happened in the course of 10-15 pages.Even in the tropes that necessitate a history (ex. friends to lovers, second chance) it all felt so rushed! I didn't really know or care about the characters in most of these because I barely knew them. My pleasure at seeing two people find love was muted by the fact that they still felt like strangers.

Issue #2: if I did like a story, it was over too soon!This is again an issue more inherent to the style itself, since obviously yes short stories are going to be short! With a collection like this, on the stories where I did start to like the scene or setup, it ended, and I'd go into the next story resenting that I had to read something new and not the one I liked. Really a personal issue, but if you're as petty as me, this might take you out of it as well. 😅 I had hoped that I would get consistent tiny rushes of dopamine from each as I fell in love over and over again with the characters, but alas... a lot of it fell flat for me. The fall was that much harder when it came after one that I had enjoyed.

Maybe issue #3: it's truly YA, with all teen characters and chaste scenes. I think this is expected going into a young adult collection, but in case you're wondering, this is not at all explicit. A lot of the stories don't even end with a kiss, and more of a promise of the chance of something new.

Maybe issue #4: I hope you like tropes! Since this is a varied collection of stories based entirely on different love tropes, you'd better like the tropes. If familiar story lines are going to bore you, then this is obviously not for you! I found most of the ideas of the tropes to be ones I liked, and only had one that I skipped entirely (time-travel love, a la the one with the letters mailed across time). That one was astonishingly long, which I noticed as I quickly flipped through pages looking for the next story. Prepare to commit for that one -- either to reading, or to page-flipping! This is also THE MAIN DRAW OF THE BOOK! So if you're not sure if you'll like that, why are you even here? xD You can safely skip this one and try something else. Maybe check out All Signs Point to Yes instead (YA stories of all kinds of love, based on Zodiac signs).

Not an issue #5: practice writing these tropes yourself! I think this collection would be excellent for anyone teaching writing particularly in high school, or anyone working on their own skills in writing romance and love. Each story is categorized by the trope theme it follows, and it could lead to some fun activities in classes.

My list got kind of weirdly structured by the end, and any of these items could be a pro or con based on who you are. This was a tough one to rate, but ultimately the rating ("it was ok...") reflects my own experience and not whether I think it's a good book or if others will like it. I think a LOT of folks will embrace this one! But if you're like me and struggle with short stories and insta-love, you might also want to skip it.

Thank you to NetGalley and Perseus Books for a free advanced copy! This is my honest review.
 
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Jenniferforjoy | 1 muu arvostelu | Jan 29, 2024 |
I love this book so much, it’s got literally everything I want in a book. Perfect. And QUEER.
 
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ChaoticGoblin | 13 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 23, 2024 |

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12
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Jäseniä
2,770
Suosituimmuussija
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Arvio (tähdet)
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