Review: Here’s the thing by Emily O’Beirne

 Series: Standalone

Genre: LGBT (f/f), NA

Rating: 5/5 stars

Cover: A nice touch of color for your bookshelf. Fitting, too.

Links: goodreads,* /*

Trigger warnings: none

Description: It’s only for a year. That’s what sixteen-year-old Zel keeps telling herself after moving to Sydney for her dad’s work. She’ll just wait it out until she gets back to New York and Prim, her epic crush/best friend, and the unfinished subway project. Even if Prim hasn’t spoken to her since that day on Coney Island.

But Zel soon finds life in Sydney won’t let her hide. There’s her art teacher, who keeps forcing her to dig deeper. There’s the band of sweet, strange misfits her cousin has forced her to join for a Drama project. And then there’s the curiosity that is the always-late Stella.

As she waits for Prim to explain her radio silence and she begins to forge new friendships, Zel feels strung between two worlds. Finally, she must figure out how to move on while leaving no one behind.

Review: Can I marry a book?

If you know me, you know I love Emily O’Beirne. So it’s no surprise that I love her newest book as well.

Here’s the thing why I love this book (I couldn’t help myself, bear with me):

  • The MC’s name is Zelda! I grew up with Legend of Zelda. And I really like the sound of this name
  • Zel’s parents are existing. And not just on the sidelines, they really have a role in this novel (what is it with YA and NA and absent parents???)
  • It’s funny. I had so much fun reading it and I smirked more than once
  • There is no evil girl!
  • I love O’Beirne’s take on home and refugees in this book
  • There is a possible aro character in this. At least I thought so (I need to learn to make more detailed notes, I can’t tell you who. Well, reason to reread it – like I needed an excuse for a reread)

I read Here’s the thing in one day. No surprise here, huh?
Disclaimer: I received a free copy through the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.



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