Thank you NOVL for the advanced copy of the book in exchange for my review.
Summary: Birdie (Dove) has her life already set out for her, she’s just planning on following whatever her parents have set out for her. Unfortunately for Birdie falling for Booker was not part of this plan and she knows her parents would never approve of him because of his past. Carlene, her aunt, has now come to stay in the apartment with her family and things suddenly start changing for Birdie. Will Birdie tell her parents about Booker? Will they find out on their own? What secrets are her parents trying to keep from her?
Thoughts: I really enjoyed this coming of age story and how complex each of the character’s lives were. I loved how Birdie is hiding her boyfriend from her parents but she’s surrounded by people who all have secrets of their own and little does she know her parents have secrets to hide from her too.
I really enjoyed how everything pieces together and how things develop over the whole story. Carlene becomes my favorite character as you see everyone doubt her and question her motives when all she wants is to get closer to her niece. It’s heartbreaking to watch her family turn away from her and not believe in her because of her past.
The twist at the end of the story really tied things up nicely in my opinion and I never saw it coming. I thought many different things when everyone was being secretive but never what we find out.
Something else I enjoyed in this book was the amount of LGBTQ+ representation that was there. Finally I have read a book where a character is ace and I put the book down in that moment because I had to take in the beauty of that.
I recommend this to those of you who like reading YA and who want to read a good coming of age story.
You can purchase this at Barnes and Noble or look for it at your local library.