Published by Bella Books on Sept 23, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, GLBT, New Adult
Format: eBook from Author
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Jess Tucker sticks her neck out for a stranger—the buzz is someone in the dorm is a trans girl. So Tucker says it’s her, even though it’s not, to stop the finger pointing. She was an out lesbian in high school, and she figures she can stare down whatever gets thrown her way in college. It can’t be that bad.
Ella Ramsey is making new friends at Freytag University, playing with on-campus gamers and enjoying her first year, but she’s rocked by the sight of a slur painted on someone else’s door. A slur clearly meant for her, if they’d only known.
New rules, old prejudices, personal courage, private fear. In this stunning follow-up to the groundbreaking Being Emily, Rachel Gold explores the brave, changing landscape where young women try to be Just Girls.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Simply put, this was an amazing story. It is heartfelt and honest and is the perfect mix of drama and emotions.
Ella’s story is very remarkable. I would almost say that Tucker’s is as remarkable since she takes it upon herself to protect a stranger with no benefit to herself. That is the action of a modern day hero, and one that should be applauded and respected.
While there is a lot of talk of gender in the book, I enjoyed that the focus was on the story of Ella’s first year at college. I learned a lot reading the book, but it was more like a side benefit as enjoying the story was dominant.
The characters were delightful to read, and they all felt very real, whether they occupied a lot of pages, or just a few. This was good and bad since I didn’t care for all the personalities, but I can appreciate the fact they were all fully developed.
Overall, this story was great. As soon as I read it, I declared it my favourite book of the month, and I really think it will be one of my favourites of the year.
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