Friday, 9 September 2016

Review: Girls hearts Girl by Lucy Sutcliffe

An inspiring, uplifting and sympathetic story about sexuality and self-acceptance, Lucy Sutcliffe's debut memoir is a personal and moving coming out story. In 2010, at seventeen, Lucy Sutcliffe began an online friendship with Kaelyn, a young veterinary student from Michigan. Within months, they began a long distance relationship, finally meeting in the summer of 2011. Lucy's video montage of their first week spent together in Saint Kitts, which she posted to the couple's YouTube channel, was the first in a series of films documenting their long-distance relationship. Funny, tender and candid, the films attracted them a vast online following. Now, for the first time, Lucy's writing about the incredible personal journey she's been on; from never quite wanting the fairy-tale of Prince Charming to realising she was gay at the age of 14, through three years of self-denial to finally coming out to friends and family, to meeting her American girlfriend Kaelyn. 

Review: I literally sat down to read this book and didn't get up again until I'd finished it. This book was an incredibly quick read but mainly because I found Lucy's story so compelling. I had heard so much about this book, it was all over twitter and of course Lucy's story is on YouTube. But you never know with hyped books... This one didn't let me down though. I really loved reading about Lucy's thoughts and feelings as she went through the process of growing up, falling in love and coming out. 

I really enjoyed reading about Lucy's early life because I could really identify with her feelings about primary and secondary school. Although I wasn't going through quite the same things as her, I did find the whole experience quite isolating and considered going to a different secondary school from everyone else in my class and I really applaud her for the choices she has made. I could also really identify with the latter portion of the book, moving overseas and leaving Freinds and family behind to be with someone you love so I couldn't have picked a better time to sit down and read this book. 

I think coming of age books are always a worthwhile read. It's always great to hear about others' experiences and thoughts and feelings as they're growing up and and discovering their true identity and so I do think this book is something important and something that anyone, not matter how they identify could enjoy. As I mentioned above. I stormed through this book, enjoying the entire reading experience and now I am going to go and watch their story on YouTube! 

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