She Loves You, She Loves You Not... by Julie Anne Peters
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
The biggest recommendation for this book is that it's perfect for GLBTQ collections, but as a teen romance it doesn't quite cut it. The level of angst, the drawing out (interminably) of the Big Incident that causes Alyssa's father to disown her intercut with her judgmental attitude towards her mother all lead to "just another misunderstood teen" novel.
Alyssa is very comfortable being out among her friends, but can't come out to her family. That might resonate with readers, yet once she's sent to live with her mother in Colorado, her actions are more those of someone who shouldn't judge but does anyway. I guess that's to show that everyone has areas in which they feel they can take the moral high ground. There was also a lot of stuff off-stage that bothered me, like Carly's decision to take a round-the-world cruise after the fire, once again abandoning Alyssa (but Alyssa's ok with that?), or how Alyssa and Carly somehow come together without ever really having a mother/daughter talk.
ARC provided by publisher.
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