Title: Black Water Sister
Author: Zen Cho
Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Tropes/Themes: Malaysian mythology, Vengeful gods, Ghosts/Spirits, Lesbian romance
Edition/Pages: Paperback, 384 Pages
Title: She Drives Me Crazy
Author: Kelly Quindlen
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Tropes/Themes: Sapphic/Lesbian romance, Enemies to Lovers, Fake Dating
Edition/Pages: Ebook, 304 Pages
Thank you so, so much to Roaring Book Press and Netgalley for sending me an e-arc copy in exchange for an honest review.
YA contemporary romance isn’t always my thing – but this book made me a believer. This was really adorable and really well done.
While, this started off a little slow, once the story got going I absolutely fell in love with these characters. These characters read like real teens – they make bad choices, they were messy, they were angsty, and it was absolutely fantastic.
This book really explored the vast range of the teenage experiences. It dealt heavily with heartbreak, which I think anyone – including older readers – will be able to relate to. Scottie lost herself in a past relationship and is trying to recover her identity outside of it. It’s is not a topic I’ve seen discussed before in a book, so I really appreciated that Kelly Quindlen went there in a YA romance.
In general this book really dives in the discussion of toxic relationships. This features a pretty heavy theme of bullying and manipulative relationships. I loved and appreciated how the author dealt with the topic.
On top of that this had absolutely amazing female friendships. Both of the main heroines have the strongest friend groups. I love seeing characters who have friends in there life that support each other this fiercely. Everyone needs a Honey-Belle. (Also can I get an entire book for Honey-Belle? She’s amazing)
And of course the romance was fantastic! This really went there on the enemies portion of enemies to lovers. I liked that the MCs really needed to work through their toxic past before getting to their HFN.
Overall this was just an absolutely adorable YA contemporary romance that I completely fell in love with. If you want an angsty, sapphic romance – this is it! Not only do these characters have great banter and chemistry, but this book does such an amazing job of discussing heartbreak and toxic relationships. I can’t wait to read more from Kelly Quindlen in the future!