Belly Up by Eva Darrows REVIEW
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This one is hard for me to rate. I read it in one day, so there's that. But did I actually *like* it? No, not really. It kind of had a "Juno"-ish feel to it at the beginning. But throughout the book I almost felt like I was being scolded or lectured by a 17 year old about political correctness. And about food. Now, I'm married to a Polynesian, so I know, I KNOW how important food can be. But seriously, it got old. And I have no problem with her talking about sexuality or gender, but it almost felt forced. Kind of like when you read a Christian novel that sticks in preachy messages at random times and it throws off the flow of the book... That's how this felt. I don't know. I mean, I don't NOT recommend the book because I'm sure a lot of people would like it. Maybe I'm too old for teen/YA fiction, because most of it is annoying to me. Maybe it's because I'm a mom of teens and that amount of teen angst and drama in my life is enough? Who knows. I did appreciate how supportive Sara's family and friends were- we need more of those types of families and friends in this world. And where do you find a Leaf?? He was awesome.
Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for the opportunity to read this ARC.
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