Girls Like Girls by Hayley Kiyoko
Published: May 30, 2023
Genre: LGBTQ+ Romance
KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.
Hayley Kiyoko is an American singer-songwriter, dancer, actress, and author.
“But I guess love is the strongest tether, isn’t it?”
Coley moved in with her estranged father after her mother passed away. She has a lot of emotional weight to unpack, so her last need is a crush. Sonya is trapped playing a part she isn’t sure she wants, but she doesn’t know if she can stop.
This was a typical teen story, filled with big feelings and angst. While Coley was dealing with how to process her grief while building a relationship with her dad, she also has to process being the new girl in town.
The characters were well-defined as teenagers. There was an element of emotions and despair that I think all teens feel as they evolve.
The storyline was decent. The romance aspect was very high school. Hang out for a couple of weeks, and bam, it’s love. I would have liked to see Coley work through some of her inner struggles as she started on the path to finding herself.
I think Sonja needed some more growth throughout the book. She comes across as flighty and a bit shallow at times. Her character had some issues I think would have been interesting to see processed.
Overall, this was a typical YA novel. Dealing with young people who feel too much and not enough.