Breathless by Sarah Sanders

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Short, sweet and sexy – we loved this book. Lara is a movie star whose career has crashed and burnt. She is in the throes o...

Just Juliet By Charlotte Reagan


A YA discovering one’s sexuality book which is amongst the best of this genre.

Lena Newman, a seventeen year old high schooler seems to fit totally in the groove: cheerleader best friend and footballer boyfriend. Except that she cannot seem to get over the new girl, Juliet. Different but gorgeous Juliet has just transferred to Lena’s school and totally captivates Lena. Slowly Juliet insinuates herself into Lena’s lunch group and life. They become friends. Juliet tries to keep it in the friend-zone but Lena has unexpected feelings whirling in her.  

The book is peopled with diverse characters in terms of sexuality and colour. It also encompasses a wide range of reactions to alternative sexuality from homophobic to confused to blasé to accepting. It was interesting to see that Lena, while attracted to Juliet, realises that she is bisexual and not a pure lesbian.

The angst didn’t work for us, though. When Juliet chooses to go to London for further studies and even has a relationship serious enough to bring her girlfriend home, it felt like she had moved on. However, when Lena and Juliet do get back together in the end, they don’t even mention all those different ways in with Juliet left Lena. A little more time spent there would have made this a better book.

Yet, all in all, this is an excellent read.


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