Here’s the Thing by Emily O’Beirne, 3 stars

downloadHere’s the Thing has a lot of things I like in a book. Lesbians, duel time lines, and Australia. Okay, so Australia didn’t matter too much in this book, but I still enjoy it.

Half this book is about Zel finding and falling for Prim in NYC, while the other half is her recovering from a broken heart in Sydney after things don’t go so well with Prim and she has to move back to Australia with her parents. The two stories shift pretty much chapter by chapter. I generally love this in a book. This time, the Prim half of the story didn’t do it for me and it slowed my reading down. I don’t know if it’s because I pretty much knew their loved was doomed or what, but I just couldn’t get into that half.

Now, the part where Zel is finding her place in Sydney is great.  The author captured the stress of starting at a new school, making new friends, and hopefully meeting a new special someone perfectly. I sped through those chapters. I liked Zel, her family, and her friends. They all seemed much more real than Prim. Prim is basically that cool, angsty girl we’ve all fallen for, but she’s so closed off even from Zel that it takes a long time to care about her at all. By the time I cared, her part was basically over.

Overall this was a good read, but I would have preferred to read more about Zel falling for the next girl instead of reading about her falling for the last girl. Still, I’ll definitely be looking for more works by this author. I enjoyed her writing style.

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