Being True 1
Lesbian, Young Adult, Contemporary
Reviewed by Caitlin
Every Friday night, Jenna and her best friend, Stella, attend their local LGBTQ youth group meeting. It’s a great place for support and friendship, but Jenna wants to fall in love. In walks Ashlynn, a purple-haired girl who wants to know how bad coming out of the closet can be.
Living in two different worlds, Jenna and Ash have vastly different ideas about the difference between sex and love, the definition of virginity, and how to face a world out in the open where they can admit their true feelings… whatever they may be.
This cover is stunning and one of the reasons I picked this book to read out of our to be reviewed pile. I loved Ashlynn from the first paragraph, the first time she opened her mouth. She was instantly likable as a character and that paragraph set an image of who she was just from what she said. The first scene with the kids at the center is fantastic. The way the author does the little movements between the characters, the fidgeting, the playing with a hole in her jeans...it works beautifully to set the scene and let the reader know just what is going on. And then Ash went out to her car and starting cleaning and it and I went OMG YES! That is my car. And yes, I do need to clean it too. And I have moved stuff from the front seat to the backseat because I don't have people in my car all that often.
This book beautifully goes through the normal teenage angst. The does she like me, does she not, maybe she does, I don't know. It was like remembering the best parts of high school, the first real friends, the first crushes. Those first kisses that were over far too soon but that you'd remember for years to come.
And then there was Stella. Perfect best friend to Jenna and a character I absolutely must know more about.
I connected with Ash more than Jenna, not because Jenna isn't a fantastic character, but because Ash was far more like me back then. I wasn't in a punk band but I was the more experienced person. And there's a scene about halfway through where it was so completely me that had that talk with the person I was with at the time.
The build up to the end had me worried for Ash but what happened was a good surprise. Really loved this book and a must recommend.