I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Inside of Out by Jenn Marie Thorne
Published by Brilliance Audio Genres: LGBTQIA, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher
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When her best friend Hannah comes out the day before junior year, Daisy is so ready to let her ally flag fly that even a second, way more blindsiding confession can't derail her smiling determination to fight for gay rights.
Before you can spell LGBTQIA, Daisy's leading the charge to end their school’s antiquated ban on same-sex dates at dances—starting with homecoming. And if people assume Daisy herself is gay? Meh, so what. It's all for the cause.
What Daisy doesn't expect is for "the cause” to blow up—starting with Adam, the cute college journalist whose interview with Daisy for his university paper goes viral, catching fire in the national media. #Holy #cats.
With the story spinning out of control, protesters gathering, Hannah left in the dust of Daisy’s good intentions, and Daisy's mad attraction to Adam feeling like an inconvenient truth, Daisy finds herself caught between her bold plans, her bad decisions, and her big fat mouth.
After seeing The Inside of Out available for review on audio, I immediately requested it. I’ve been eyeing it ever since I read the description, and while I didn’t read the authors debut novel, I’ve heard such great things about her writing.
My thoughts are in the mixed bag variety, so let’s break it down so I’m able to express my thoughts in at least a semi-coherent way.
What I liked
The strong family and friendship themes. Daisy has a fantastic relationship with her mom and her best friend Hannah. There are problematic themes with Daisy, which I will discuss later, but themes of unity were strong throughout the entire book. With the bond she has with the members of the alliance, to Adam as well. Even her relationship with her Dad, who seemed distant and non-involved, was special and important in its own way.
Representation + Diversity. This is kind of obvious but. There was a lot going on within this story, and seeing it from the perspective of Daisy (as a white cisgender female) was an eye-opening experience. I loved that we see the unity brought with the alliance and community. I felt the representation was fantastic and really puts things into perspective.
Daisy’s growth as a person. Daisy is… eccentric in her own way. She is very bright, but she is flighty and unreliable and at times, very hard to like. There were often times when I was gripping my steering wheel too hard, or rolling my eyes because of things she did/did not say and the things she did/did not do. She also has some issues with relationships. Maybe it’s her own insecurities, but she came off as the suffocating friend. The one that grabs on and holds on tight and strangles you with their love and attention. I can see why Hannah needed her space, even without the extremes that Daisy took things to.
She grew so much throughout the book. She isn’t perfect, not even close. And even in the end, there were things left that she needed to work on, but… progress.
The narration. I listened to only one of Kate’s other books, and for that book, I didn’t think her narration for the story. But, her narration was amazing for Daisy’s voice. I felt like she really GOT Daisy’s character, and did an amazing job bringing the story to live. The voice inflections were spot on. I also appreciated the slight changes for the other characters.
Romance. I thought it was perfect! This is not a romance novel, so I’m glad that while there are some cute scenes with Daisy & Adam, and Hannah & Natalie, it didn’t overwhelm the plot at all. It was pure perfection.
What I didn’t like or didn’t care for
Daisy. Gosh, I know how that may sound but there were several times I almost DNF simply because of her. That’s why her growth is SO important. There could be 1001 things said about Daisy and her flaws but ultimately, she learned from her mistakes and developed a whole new perspective on things which I loved.
The length. I’m no expert, but I felt like this was on the longer side for YA contemporary novel. Even though there’s a lot in the story to be told, there were also things that could have been taken out and the novel would have been just as strong, if not stronger, without it. But, that’s a personal preference.
Some things left unknown. These things are not important in the grand scheme of things, but there were a few loose ends I wanted to know more about. The mural. Natalie’s parents. QB. And I kind of wanted to see at least one day of them all going back to school after the Homecoming. I’m not necessarily letting these little things get me down, but this is a personal preference as a reader. Which shows how much I was invested in their story!
All in all – I quite enjoyed The Inside of Out. It has strong, positive themes and while it may not be a read for everyone, I recommend it!
*Random, but I love that the cover models match the description of the characters and are EXACTLY how I pictured them.
Tell me your thoughts
- Have you read/listened to The Inside of Out? If so, what did you think?
- If not, does it sound like something you’d enjoy?
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