I got an e-arc of this book from Netgalley.com in exchange of my honest opinion.
Love Is Love by Mette Bach
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Glbt
Rating: 2.5 stars
Summary: Overweight and unhappy at home, Emmy gets sexually involved with a popular classmate so that people will think that she is worth liking. When she realizes that he is just using her, she decides to leave her home in Winnipeg to stay with her uncle’s family in Vancouver. Emmy has always been intimidated by her perfect cousin Paige and Paige’s cool friends, so she is surprised to find that the coolest of them is transgender. Emmy is instantly attracted to Jude (who used to be Judy), and starts hanging out at the coffee shop where he works. She even performs at the poetry slam Jude hosts there.
Emmy is never sure where she stands with Jude, and can’t believe that such a confident, charismatic guy might actually be interested in her. Both her mother back in Winnipeg and Paige warn her away from Jude, saying that he will just use her and she will get hurt. But it’s not until she almost falls again into the trap of casual sex to boost her self-esteem that Emmy realizes it’s worth it to put your true self out there for real love.
My Opinion on the Book:
I got this book to review from netgalley.com. To be honest when i first read the synopsis of the book sounded interesting enough so i decided to give it a chance.
The book tells Emmy’s story. Emmy’s an overweight teenager who after a discussion with her mother is sent to live with her aunt and uncle (and her cousin) in another city. When she gets to the new city her cousin takes her to meet her friend Jude, previously known as Judy, with whom Emmy feels a sort of connection. From here on the story develops as the relationship between Emmy and Jude does too.
The story touches topics as transphobia, eating disorders, mental disorders, self-image and low self-esteem. Sadly enough, even though there were enough interesting topics in the books, they never fully developed and the book ended up falling short.
The book isn´t long, just 176 pages, and it reads easily enough. But because of it many storylines and developments in the book feel rushed while others that feel unnecessary are treated with more time.
To be honest, i tried hard to like the characters in the book but they weren´t fully developed and they didn´t change or learned anything as the story moved forward. I felt like they were too flat and annoying.
Overall, i think the book could be saved by just being a little longer and developing the characters and storylines as necessary, the fact that is so short doesn´t give us the opportunity to fully know and see the development the characters go through. The idea was nice enough to make me want to give it a chance, just the book itself didn´t deliver the way i was expecting.