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Just Juliet by Charlotte Reagan
Publication Date: September 17, 2016
The coming out story that will completely change the way you look at love.
Juliet represents the road less traveled. Will Lena take it?
Lena Newman is 17, her best friend’s a cheerleader, her boyfriend’s a football player, and as far as everyone is concerned, her life is sorted. But that’s before she befriends the new girl. Juliet is confident, slightly damaged, drop-dead gorgeous and a lesbian.
Lena realizes that her interest goes beyond just friendship. She sets off on a path of self-discovery where the loyalty of those closest to her will be tested.
This book is a coming out story about a young girl named Lena. She thinks that she has everything figured out and is taken by surprise when she realizes that she wants more than friendship from the new girl, Juliet.
The book begins and we find out a lot about Lena and her life - she is the picture of a teen movie - young, cheerleader friends, jock boyfriend, not one of the 'popular' kids but close enough. When Juliet enters the picture things start to change for her and she realizes that there may be more to life than what she has known. Befriending Juliet was all she though she wanted but inevitably she starts to understand her feelings.
This was a very well written book. It was very easy to read and even with the complex emotional situations and culture shock it was a very pleasant book. Lena and Juliet are very real characters, they are both strong and are there for each other. I think what I liked most about this story was the family dynamics in Juliet's household. Her father is so understanding and the house is just so full of love even with people who aren't related to him.
I flew through this book in one night, I kept needing to find out what happened next. The first half is really th building of Lena and Juliet's friendship and the second half is Lena learning about herself and the choices she might have to make. It was well done.
So if you like diverse books, LGTBQ characters and a good romance, this one is definitely for you.