It’s almost summer and for me that means YA Contemporaries! Check out my review of If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kahn and enter in the giveaway to win your own copy!
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About the Book
Author: by Claire Kann
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: June 4th 2019
Genres: Contemporary, LGBTQ+, Romance,Young Adult
Winnie dreams of someday inheriting the diner—but it’ll go away if they can’t make money, and fast. Winnie has a solution—win a televised cooking competition and make bank. But Granny doesn’t want her to enter—so Winnie has to find a way around her formidable grandmother. Can she come out on top?
I enjoyed this YA Contemporary about family and friendship. Winnie is spending another summer working at her granny’s diner before she heads off to college to study hospitality so that she can one day inherit the diner!
This small town reminded me a lot of Stars Hollow with it’s quirky town festivals where the whole town comes together to put on a big to-do! It’s called Misty Haven and if that doesn’t give you those Gilmore Girl vibes than you’ve gotta watch the series again! Winnie gets picked to be Misty Haven’s Summer Queen which is a complete surprise because she didn’t even enter. This sudden turn of events causes tension between her partner, Kara, and the boy she’s not quite sure of.
Kara and Winnie’s relationship is one that I’m honestly not familiar with, and hadn’t heard of before reading this book. I didn’t have to google the definition of “Queerplatonic” and I’m still unsure I know exactly what it means. It made the relationship between Winnie and Kara and Dallas very unique. It also makes me curios to learn more about it.
I really enjoyed the relationship between Winnie and her younger brother. It’s a combination of the older sister protecting the younger brother but in reality it’s more like he’s always there to support her in more ways than she’d realized. He goes where she goes but it’s not in the annoying way that you usually see between siblings. He genuinely enjoys being around her, even if he doesn’t really care to visit Misty Haven every summer. Sibling love is the best!
Dislikes ( Possible Spoilers)
I did struggle with a Winnie’s relationship with her cousin Sam and especially with her granny. Sam doesn’t seem to understand where Winnie is coming from when it comes to things like how she feels about herself. Sam’s character was really shallow but it was as if she was supposed to come off naive as an explanation for that. I struggled with it.
I did not like Winnie’s granny at all and felt disappointed that the relationship doesn’t really get any better. It was frustrating at times and I felt that the tension got to be a bit too much for me. I felt that the motives behind their constant back and forth just weren’t really ever defined enough for me to be invested in it.
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Great review! I loved GG and Stars Hollow so much! This sounds like a really adorable and fun read and right up my alley, too!
Thank you! I love GG too & this book gave me those vibes!