Sweet tea flows through her veins and "yes ma'am" is ingrained in her DNA. In Sunshine, going to church is basically mandatory, and gay had better be your mood and not your sexual orientation. That is, until the beautiful, sexy, impossibly cool Bren Dawson moves into town. Kaycee is swept up in a whirlwind of exciting new emotions and lets her guard down. One night under a fat country moon, Kaycee's best looknig catches them kissing, and Kaycee's whole world goes to hell in makf handbasket.
What is she willing to risk for the sake of love? And what will she risk for acceptance? Read less.
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Dana Elmendorf was born and raised in a small town in Tennessee, and now lives in southern California with her husband, two boys, and her tiny dog. This is her first book. Customer reviews.
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Als sie und Bren von Kaycees bester Freundin Sarabeth erwischt werden, verleugnet Kaycee sowohl sich selbst, als auch Bren. Es ist sehr gut nachvollziehbar, dass Kaycee sich in dieser Umgebung schwer damit tut, sich als Lesbe zu outen. Die Sprache ist jung, jugendlich frisch, und man kann sich den Tennessee Dialekt gut vorstellen.
Translate review to English. See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries. Really good characters, overall the first, Kaycee: jbfr and tender. A good story really well writte.
Interesting and amazing book. Report abuse. I wanted to like this book, but in the end, too many things left a bad taste in my mouth. Reading it was at times frustrating and distressing.
The main character has an instant attraction to the exotic, worldly stranger in town, although she tries to deny it for a long time. But the novel is also lookung "coming out" story, full of pain. So if you're here just for a fluffy romance, don't get this book.
The mostly fluff romance plot never really interwove well with the brutal fallout of the coming-out plotline for me. Most of the brutal events do not have permanent consequences in this book. The most crushing betrayal of a friendship is waved away after a few days and a single apology. The process of forgiveness is rarely ever so simple, and even lifelong friendships to say nothing of new romantic bjer require time and effort from both sides to recover after a massive breakdown such as those depicted in the story.
I did like that the coming-out story was set in lookingg relatively modern-day, southern U. But the racial issues in this book are mostly minor side-points for the most part, and at best serve as an inspiration for the protagonist's sudden urge to become a kind of LGBT rights activist. She does express a sense of guilt now and then for having tolerated racist attitudes around her, but it is her love interest who is apparently multi-racial who does the most work to actually build bridges across racial divides.
Still, it was interesting to see this kind of setting in a YA novel.
The book also addresses the main character's religious struggle with being a lesbian, and hints at a divisions between the Lokking majority and Lkoking minority in the town. Having grown up in a very similar setting, I can relate to this struggle and appreciate the social dynamics. It was refreshing to see a coming-out story deal with this topic. Unfortunately, what truly soured me on this book is its biphobic treatment of possibly bisexual characters and complete neglect of trans and uber people.
There are 2 potentially bisexual characters in the book: one is a woman in a relationship with another woman, who once dated a black man and is therefore socially outcast; the other bisexual woman is basically viewed as a villain by our main character.
This bisexual girl meets all the negative stereotypes the bi community has been fighting forever: she's judged as shamefully promiscuous, too flirtatious, misleading, dishonest, overly sexual while jner being overly sexualized for her large breastsstupid, shallow, and cruel. At no point does the main character view her as a potential ally, someone to get to know.
Even when the book hints that the bisexual girl might also be suffering undering religious fundamentalist parents, the main character decides she is not worthy of pity. In a story that proclaims itself to be all about accepting yourself, loving everyone, and paving the way for equality for all, this completely backwards and cruel treatment of the only prominent bisexual character perpetuates harmful stereotypes that further the very discrimination the main character purports to oppose.
For this reason alone, I cannot recommend this book. Finally, near the end of the book, the main character is hailed as an "LGBT" hero. Considering how cruel she is to the "B" members of that group, this feels dishonest. In addition, she never even remotely interacts with anyone from the "T" segment, let alone gives them or any other gender minority any thought. Her only consideration of gender is at one point cataloguing her hobbies and belongings as being either boyish or girlish for no discernible reason.
When she goes to a night club with a queer scene, she notes that people there are more unsual "ice cream flavors" of people present, suggesting there might be some fluid or otherwise gender non-conforming people there, but it's not entirely clear, and only really serves as the setup for the main character to successfully misgender her girlfriend in an act of self-defense in the club later on.
Also, most of the other openly gay people in town are deemed to have "weird" fashion tastes or hairstyles e. Especially since at least one of the weirdos tried their best to help the main character's same-sex romance move along. I don't expect any novel to fully address every oppressed group, be it race or gender or sexual orientation. I related to the characters so much.
I live in a small town bible belt and the people here are exactly like the people in the book, ignorant I'd have to say Bren was my favorite character because of her self-confidence.
And Van for being the best friend most never get I will definitely be reading this book again. Im a sucker for happy endings. This book made me so happy! This is a sweet romance and a story about a person discovering and living as her jbsr self.