I originally rated this book 4 stars when I read it on 2012 My re read has made me realize how much I liked this book, so I m upgrading it to 5 stars Amazing Book, Turning the Page By Georgia Beers This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book Turning the Page, Essay By Georgia Beers Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please read And Make A Refission For You This is my first Georgia Beers book and it won t be my last This is a sweet coming out story, the kind where a character falls in love for the first time with someone of their own sex Just the kind I really like.
What I liked Melanie is at a turning point in her life and is in limbo about what she ll do Until this point, she s focused solely on her career, putting love on the back burner As far as she knows, she s straight, until she meets Taylor What I loved is that how she falls for Taylor is done nice and slowly No big shocks or freaking out about what she starts feeling, just a nice slow progression of opening up to and acceptance that she might be a lesbian.
Melanie decides to take over a bookstore her uncle bought for her cousin after her cousin blows off, but realizes that since the big box stores are major competition, she needs to be a niche bookstore So she decides on it being gay lesbian oriented along with feminist offerings This is part of her opening process.
She also becomes really good friends with Lynda, a lesbian and owner of the coffee shop next door Since Melanie is so open, Lynda is not sure about her and invites her to a lesbian bar, where Melanie has a good time, becoming open to her interest in all of that.
All along, Melanie has growing feelings for Taylor, the daughter of the man who owns the house Melanie s cousin, Samantha, has been renting But Taylor s father also has eyes for Melanie and this becomes confusing to Melanie since she has a lot in common with him and he pursues her romantically.
Taylor makes it pretty clear that she s very attracted to Melanie, but of course, she s not sure if Melanie is into women so she comes on and then backs off accordingly, which actually gives Melanie a chance to ease into it since this is the first time she s attracted to a woman.
The dance between Taylor and Melanie is done so softly and yet, it s very clear that both have major hots for each other All those intense feelings of attraction and falling in love come through pretty strongly in the writing and how they interact.
I liked all the characters in the story Lynda is a fun character who adds a lot to this story as she s sort of the go to person who helps Melanie sort out her unexpected feelings Samantha is a bit of a caricature of a bad girl And she has a shocking reaction at finding out that Melanie is having an affair with Taylor, which I thought was a bit over the top But I think it fit her superficial personality.
Taylor is a genuine, sweet type of character She s fairly conflicted about what s going on with her and Melanie due to issues with her father, an ex girlfriend who keeps calling, and not being sure if Melanie is actually straight or bi or gay But she s a grounded girl and she just keeps putting it out there in ways that Melanie can take and so when Melanie really gets that she s a lesbian and goes for it fully with Taylor, it s so satisfying.
What bothered me This is the first romance book I ve ever read in which there are romantic competitions going on between a parent and child I ll admit, it made me feel a bit uncomfortable Everyone knows that it happens between mothers and daughters in some situations in which jealousies and competition happen about partners, but it s an unspoken thing that most people don t like to acknowledge Certainly not in a romance.
In this case, you have a lesbian daughter in competition for women with her father, who is a good looking, suave man who easily attracts women Since Taylor s mother died her father has been dating a lot And he sets his eyes on Melanie almost immediately, to the chagrin of Taylor.
Although Ben, Taylor s father, is written as a good guy, a decent man, it s still weird for me to read a romantic triangle with a father and daughter being two parts of that triangle Just to be clear, Melanie is about 13 years younger than Ben and about 8 years older than Taylor So the age differences weren t what made this squicky It s handled in an OK way, but it does cause some stress to Taylor to betray her father on this level And it was just a bit weird for me.
The main thing that bothered me had nothing to do with plot or characterization, which were well written, but to do with writing technique Instead of character names, tags like the tall one, the younger one, the older one, the brunette, the blond, the blue eyed one, etc were used constantly This drove me nuts for some reason I m sure this is personal preference so YMMV But after a while they stuck out like a sore thumb and pulled me out the story often This was either the first or one of the first books Ms Beers wrote, so maybe her writing has changed over time I hope so on that level.
Altogether though, I loved this book It s full of heart and realistically written as a coming out story Although there are quite a few stereotypical to lesbian pop culture references, it didn t get preachy or so lesbian centric that that non lesbian readers won t relate to it I definitely recommend Turning the Page if you like first time experiences that turn into love stories and characters who don t make a big deal about finding out they are gay.
I love this novel but I liked the cover of the first edition better Loved this An easy read, with characters you can relate to I recently discovered Georgia Beers as an author and read every one of her books within a couple of weeks They are all well written and easy to lose yourself in Refreshing to find some lesbian fiction that isn t just erotica 4 An almost triangle with both father and daughter was an unusual twist but it does work out without too many hard feelings.
A Predictable boring unfortunately