A YA contemporary with a whole lot of darkness that struck a chord. So many subjects that are rarely spoken about or not represented often enough.. All combined in this book.
Whenever there's a book with fat rep, I absolutely need to read it. Which is what I did with Dumplin'! Did I like it? Love it? Were things familiar? Find out in my review here!
At the start of the year, I read Dear Martin by Nic Stone and rated it 4,5 cupcakes so you can say I was quite excited to hear about her new novel. Not to mention there'd be queer characters. I was sold, needed it, requested it and.. by some amazing miracle actually got my hands on an eARC?! And then I finished it and it all came crashing down.
"The air is dead with the stench of blood. Mine. His." I was hooked - right from the start. I was in for the ride of my life, but I didn't know it yet. All I have to say is: be aware of the triggers and now that this is a story about a survivor, written by a survivor.
When I first heard of this book, I was intrigued immediately. It sounded like something I would pick up but.. on the other hand, it also sounded like something I wouldn't pick up - if you get what I mean. The LGBTQIA+ part of this novel immediately spoke to me, but I wasn't really sure about the homophobic impression I got from the blurb. I'm glad I ended up requesting this ARC anyway because.. I don't regret reading The Lion Tamer Who Lost one bit!
I went into this novel knowing I was going to cry. I've heard of Silvera's reputation, I remember being completely and utterly broken when I read "They Both Die At The End". I expected to be as broken as I was then, but... That didn't happen..