Category: wlw books

I started writing this review before I even fi…

I started writing this review before I even finished When Katie Met Cassidy, that’s how many feelings I had. I was very excited to read it, as it has recently garnered a lot of attention and praise. 

Very early on, I thought to myself, this feels like a book written for straight people. The narrative gaze looks at these two women and their relationship. It never feels inclusive, it feels introductory– like, here! Meet a lesbian! She wears pants. Can you believe it?

Cassidy is an amalgamation of stereotypes. She’s butch. She’s a womanizer. She’s a career-driven New York lawyer. She drinks too much, works out too hard, sleeps with too many women. And she’s emotionally stunted, unable or unwilling to forge relationships with people. It’s a paper thin characterization that never really gets off the ground.

Katie is almost offensively straight. Her inner voice is so black and white– male/female, straight/gay, butch/femme, and above all, good/bad. I would assume a woman who suddenly developed feelings for another woman would have a lot of conflict. But here’s Katie the 84% mark– well into her relationship with Cassidy. 

“Could she honestly be offended by anyone assuming she was straight? Did she really want to read as gay?” [Loc 2195]

Well, now I’m offended. I’m offended that Katie never once considers bisexuality. The word is literally not in this book. I’m offended that Katie routinely and aggressively diminishes and dismisses gay people while at the same time singling Cassidy out as this one exception she happens to fall in love with. It’s shitty to all the rest of the lesbians and bisexuals and women who love women out there.

With all the press and attention garnered, it feels like this book is being rewarded for being a lesbian book in a straight world, for being literary fiction and not genre. All of this completely ignoring the fact that there is a whole galaxy of queer and lesbian press out there publishing wlw romance novels and romantic fiction. 2 stars. 

The Elusive L Word

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Pink hair, don’t care.

Pink hair, don’t care.

Take Me Home by Lorelie Brown

This is more of a Thanksgiving Romance, although there is a Christmas scene. But if you are at all into holiday romances, you should give this one a shot. 

Kayliegh wants to bring a girl to dinner to shock and upset her conservative, fundamentalist aunt. She finds her via Craigslist and the pink haired, tattooed Brooke could not be more perfect for her plans. Except they are immediately attracted to each other and a funny flirtation turns into something else!

The family dynamics are funny and infuriating, by turns. The flirtation between Brooke and Kayliegh is charming and when the relationship turns steamy, it is off-the-charts hot. For a novella, there is good character building and relationship development. Sure, things happen fast, but it was believable. Plus there are cute dogs! Just go read it. 4 stars.

Can you rec any queer romance novels?

Can you rec any queer romance novels?

I can’t, I haven’t yet read any, mainly because contemporary romances aren’t my cup of tea and I’m yet to find any historical ones, which sucks.

@romancingthebookworm or @respectingromance might be able to help you?

biiravenclaw: Below is a lovingly compiled list of books about girls who love girls that have happy…

biiravenclaw:

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Below is a lovingly compiled list of books about girls who love girls that have happy or hopeful endings! The list currently has 106 entries and spans multiple genres. It’s alphabetized by author, and links go to the books’ Goodreads pages. Recommendations are welcome! 

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Hi! Do you know any good wlw books that doesn’t center around romance? It doesn’t have to have a happy ending. Thanks!

I do! Check out Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera, Vow of Celibacy by Erin Judge, Run by Kody Keplinger, A Line in the Dark by Malinda Lo, This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp, The Gallery of Unfinished Girls by Lauren Karcz, and Dreadnought by April Daniels are good ones to start with!

lunua:Hades x Persephone // The Dark Wife

lunua:

Hades x Persephone // The Dark Wife

sleepingsappho: My Favorite Books 3/5: Huntress by Malinda…

sleepingsappho:

My Favorite Books 3/5: Huntress by Malinda Lo

“Making a decision isn’t about knowing every potential consequence. It’s about knowing what you want and choosing a path that takes you in that direction.” 

Hey, I was wondering if you’d know about any lesbian books that feature a black lead? I’ve been trying to find some but I keep coming up short.

For sure! Some of my favourites are:

*Also by black authors

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actualheartrenderninazenik: Girls Made of Snow and Glass by…

actualheartrenderninazenik:

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

“You’ll see too, one day. Once you grow older, someone else will be waiting to take your place, someone younger and prettier than you. I knew that day was approaching for me. I knew even when you were still a child. So why am I so surprised to learn that I’m being thrown aside? Why am I always so surprised?”


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