Because of Her by K.E. Payne

Because of Her

  • By K.E. Payne
  • Editions: ebook, paperback
  • Expected publication: March 18th 2014 by Bold Strokes Books
  • Genre: Young Adult FxF Contemporary / Romance
  • Source: NetGalley
  • In a Flutter: Fun read!
  • rating-system4

    For seventeen-year-old Tabitha “Tabby” Morton, life sucks. Big time. Forced to move to London thanks to her father’s new job, she has to leave her friends, school, and, most importantly, her girlfriend Amy, far behind. To make matters worse, Tabby’s parents enroll her in the exclusive Queen Victoria Independent School for Girls, hoping that it will finally make a lady of her.
    But Tabby has other ideas.
    Loathing her new school, Tabby fights against everything and everyone, causing relations with her parents to hit rock bottom. But when the beautiful and beguiling Eden Palmer walks into her classroom one day and catches her eye, Tabby begins to wonder if life there might not be so bad after all.
    When Amy drops a bombshell about their relationship following a disastrous visit, Tabby starts to see the need for new direction in her life. Fighting her own personal battles, Eden brings the possibility of change for them both. Gradually, Tabby starts to turn her life around—and it’s all because of her.
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    Fluttering Thoughts:

    Worldbuilding: Awesome contemporary London setting, complete with a couple of “touristy” walks around the city.
    Characters:The MC, Tabby, was a fun high-school girl and I found her fun. I didn’t connect emotionally with her, but then again I often find I don’t connect emotionally with characters that age. I don’t think I did when I was that age, which might be the heart of the problem for me. But she was fun, a bit confused, a bit crush-centered – authentic, if you ask me. I liked her, I wanted her issues to be solved and for her to get a happy ending, but I can’t say I was gutted or sitting at the edge of my seat until we got there.
    The Eden/Amy thing was interesting, a less metaphoric evolution from a first crush to a new love. I especially liked the way each character was in a different point of the coming out process, either accepting in their own hearts that they were gay, or coming to terms with it, or trying to hide it from other for fear of becoming ‘different’.Tabby was the bravest of the triangle, and I respected her a lot for it. I found I felt the same for Eden by the end, but it sure was a bumpy road there. I loved the diversity inside the diversity, if you will, and I applaud that.
    Favorite Character: Libby (one of Tabby’s friends) 😀
    Plot: Unfortunately (for me) a lot of the story revolved around coming out, crushes and high-school life – that last there isn’t a terribly interesting topic for me. If you’re a lot into high-school drama though, this will be a fab read.
    Writing: First person narrative, Tabby’s POV.
    Curb Appeal: Nice cover, hooking blurb – impulsive buy material for one of my LGBTQ reading moods.

    For me, this was more of a 3.5 butterflies read, but close enough to a 4.
    All in all, I found this read fun and I enjoyed it. I didn’t experience a rush, if you will, I wasn’t twitchy with excitement but I enjoyed it. Then again, this was a sweet (angist-ish in places) teen romance, a kind of scenario I’m not much interested in by large. Despite that, I enjoyed the read and I recommend it if you’re a lover and supporter of diversity.


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