With fanfic, comics, and fandoms galore this is definitely one for the nerds! I loved how unashamedly passionate all of the characters are about the things they love. When you’re a teenager, there’s definitely ‘cool’ hobbies, but it was so refreshing to see people who were so engrossed in these fictional worlds – definitely people I would have been friends with had I known them at school!
8.5Cute, Loveable, Fun
Touching on so much about the characters’ identities, this book also had some great rep; from bisexuality, asexuality, as well as Elsie’s dual nationality, there were so many avenues to be explored, and I can only imagine how brilliant this book would feel in the hands of a reader who feels like they see themselves in the characters and on the pages of this book. I loved how we not only saw LGBT teenagers but also adults and elderly people too, again giving this book some fantastic depth and representation.
Probably one of the best coming-of-age novels I’ve read in a while, I loved this book for not only its loveable characters and interesting plot, but for the way it managed to capture adolescent feelings I’m sure a plethora of readers have experienced. I will definitely be checking out more of Cynthia So’s books!
Title: If You Still Recognise Me
Author: Cynthia So
TW: Homophobia, Racism, Abuse Relationship
“Maybe loving someone shouldn’t feel like missing them. like you’re constantly reaching for something that isn’t close enough.”