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Something Tragic by Jessica Yeh

⭐⭐⭐⭐☆★ There are some books that hold you in a thrall of emotions that they create long after you’ve finished them. You have emotions...

The Love Song of Sawyer Bell by Avon Gale


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This is one of the most fun, well-written exploration and growth-of-character books.

Vix (Victoria Vincent) has a band named after herself. The band is scheduled to tour in a couple of weeks and find themselves a fiddle player short. They are auditioning for a new fiddle player and getting people each one of whom is worse than the other. The final audition is of a girl, Sawyer Bell, who looks too young and whispers self-consciously. That is, till she starts plays. Turns out she is 21 and studying in Julliard.

Sawyer has had acceptance issues while in high school and is currently hating Julliard – but cannot get herself to admit that. She also suspects she is gay, but doesn’t know that for sure because she’s never been with another woman. She nurses a kind of crush on the openly hyper-sexual, bi, super-confident Vix.

The relationship between Vix and Sawyer is one of the most fun ones we’ve read. The first time they have sex has a whole lot of talking, joking and heat. Sawyer’s growth and coming into her own is excellently traced.

The inevitable conflict and break-up is brought in fairly naturally – but at this point, Vix kinda gets shot. With some stretch we can try to understand her, but it just seems like Vix has no intention or ability to grow as a person.

However, we are left with some misgivings about the relationship in the end. Vix seems to think that the relationship is bound to end. Getting into a relationship with this attitude – especially when you’re ‘in love’ with the person – seems to doom it in a self-fulfilling prophecy. That makes us very, very uncomfortable because we loved Sawyer. (We also liked Vix tremendously up to this point).

This seems to end in a HFN rather than HEA. Still, this is a fun read.  

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