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Kat Hausler: What I Know about July (2023, Meerkat Press) 4 stars

Review of 'What I Know about July' on 'Storygraph'

4 stars

Having read her first novel »Retrograde«, I went into reading »What I Know About July« not trusting Kat Hausler one bit. (That's a compliment. Or is it) That is also pretty much how anxious protagonist Simon Kemper approaches his surrounding, constantly fearing the people he cares about might secretly hate him. While celebrated on stage, social interaction isn’t among his biggest talents: faced with the ice-breaker question “Which animal would you be”, he wishes he could just say, “A wounded one, does that count?” The book is filled with so many beautiful phrasings like this one that a highlighter became my loyal companion.

Feeling like you’re doing well at this whole Adulting thing isn’t exactly made easier by being an artist who has to work an additional day job to pay rent - a detail I really enjoyed seeing represented. The only thing Simon can really be sure of: when …

Becky Albertalli: Love, Creekwood (Paperback) 3 stars

Review of 'Love, Creekwood' on 'Storygraph'

3 stars

Great format for commutes cause the mails break up the story into short parts. Here and there the wording feels a little forced cause the mails have to do the job of telling the whole story, but overall the concept works well. If you remember all the side characters - this novella won't explain again from scratch who everyone is. And you'll have a hard time enjoying this book if you're (understandably) over Harry Potter references; there are a LOT of them... Still had me close to tears a couple of times (in a good way), including at the end :)