I originally gave this book a 5-star rating on GoodReads, which I only give to books that either (1) completely blew me away, which doesn’t happen that often, or (2) affected me in a very personal way, which happens more often. Obviously, I have this 5 stars because of reason no.2, but after having a LONG time to think about it, I’ve re-rated it with 3 stars, which to me means that I like it okay.
This epistolary novel is about two best friends who go to college on opposite sides of the country (for some reason that is never explained). Told in a series of texts and emails between Ava and Gen, the book pretty much chronicles their first year in college… where a lot of things happened, and yet not a lot of things happened.
Verdict: To be honest, I both loved and hated reading it – on the one hand, Ava has anxiety and OCD and I related to the anxiety bit, and all the ways it affected her college experience. On the other hand, Ava also said a lot of transphobic and biphobic things in her texts/emails that Gen calls her out on (which is good), but she never learns (which is bad). And Gen. I don’t know. I’m just tired of the trope of bi/pansexual characters sleeping with everyone, and I’m equally tired of the whole college = lots of drinking and sex and drugs thing. I guess if that’s your thing, you’d like this book? As for me, my favourite YA book set in college is still Pamela Dean’s Tam Lin.
Note: I received a digital copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.