If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann is a YA Contemporary LGBT Romance out now!
“High school finally behind her, Winnie is all set to attend college in the fall. But first she’s spending her summer days working at her granny’s diner and begins spending her midnights with Dallas—the boy she loves to hate and hates that she likes. Winnie lives in Misty Haven, a small town where secrets are impossible to keep—like when Winnie allegedly snaps on Dr. Skinner, which results in everyone feeling compelled to give her weight loss advice for her own good. Because they care that’s she’s “too fat.”
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?“
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Our main character Winnie encompasses all the diversity that many readers are loving to see represented in YA. She is a strong, queer, curvy black high schooler who is ready to conquer the world, one rom-com at a time.
The character development was key with this book. There is fat-positive representation and self-confidence that really shined a light on what we are seeing a lot of in YA. She fights for people to understand how even though she may be bigger, she loves everything about her. And I think it’s something many readers can get behind.
For the relationships, it was a fine line between romance and friendship. As you get more into the story, you will notice the conflict Winnie has between her handsome crush and her ex-girlfriend.
Overall, I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars. The writing was a bit harder to read in some spots, and in others it felt a little congested. It was a pretty entertaining read, and the diversity was executed nicely.
Published: 4 June 2019
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary / LGBT / Romance
How I Read It: eARC from Xpresso Book Tours
*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. All of my book reviews contain my honest opinion only and are not influenced in any way.*
“Claire Kann is the author of LET’S TALK ABOUT LOVE and an award-winning online storyteller. In her other life, she works for a nonprofit that you may have heard of where she daydreams like she’s paid to do it. Find out more by visiting her website: www.clairekann.com (and while you’re there, tell her about your cats. She loves cats. A lot.)”
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