I received a copy of Read Me Like a Book in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley.
Read Me Like a Book is a feel good coming of age story. Seventeen year old Ash is thrown into a world so many teenagers are familiar with. Her parents are fighting, school hasn’t been easy, her best friend is pissed at her and to top it off she’s faced with the decision of whether or not to lose her virginity. Ash should be having the time of her life with her boyfriend and instead she’s wrapped up in thoughts of pleasing her new English teacher.
In this day and age it seems that “coming out” stories are becoming a hot topic for authors. Ten years ago we struggled to find anything written for the gay community and now we can’t keep up with them. As much as I love reading gay fiction (not smut) I tend to shy away from coming out stories. They all follow a similar suit; an angsty teen in a relationship with the wrong gender, falling for someone they can’t have.
Ash is a difficult character for me to relate to. First of all, the author gave no physical description of her. Then her thoughts jumped all over the place. The progression of Ash’s feelings toward women happened really suddenly. I felt like there should have been more of Ash questioning her sexuality before the chapter where she’s full on fantasizing about her teacher. It would have made the story a bit more believable for me.It may be for the fact that Ash is more than a decade younger than me and I found many of her problems trivial or hated the way she handled them. If I remind myself of how I acted at seventeen, I loosen up my criticism just a bit.
What I appreciated most about this book was the smile it left me with at the end. Ash’s progression was inspiring. When she finally started to take control of her life and stand up for herself, it created a huge turning point in the book.
If you are looking for a fun, easy to read, coming out story then I urge you to give this a shot. You can order a copy here available June 14th.