Title: Lies My Girlfriend Told Me
Author: Julie Anne Peters
Publisher: Little Brown Books
Date of Publication: January 1st, 2014
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
I was really excited about this one, hearing it praised as a great LGBTQ-book. I read it rather quickly but then, it's pretty short. It feels like Peters very much relied on her lesbian characters to pull the story. And I italicized lesbian because it feels like, while the idea was great and the story could have been really complex, it was somewhat... dumbed down, you could almost say.
Alix is very depressed when she finds out that Swanee had died, which is of course understandable. But they had known each other for six weeks at this point, I didn't understand how they could possibly have become so close in a mere six weeks. But okay, I can accept that. However, mere chapters later when Alix finds out about Swanee's double life... she seems to be kind of over her. I don't know, for me, the grieving process wasn't handled as well as it could have been. Yes, this story is about forgiving and letting go - but a more in depth examination of the characters' feelings (Liana and Joss (Swanee's sister) included) would have been great.
And then... something else I have to mention. The names. Dear God. I kept having to roll my eyes. Alixandra Van Pelt. Swanelle - her parents: Jewell and Asher. Swanee's siblings: Joss and Genjko (?). I don't know, it was so frustrating for me. Please, authors. Don't use obnoxious names like that. Not that Joss is particularly obnoxious, but in combination... please, no.