Friday I’m In Love is a fluffy YA love story with plenty of heart-warming moments. Check out my full thoughts below. Thank you to NetGalley, Penguin and Camryn Garrett for my early copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Title: Friday I’m In Love
Author: Camryn Garrett
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Release Date: 2nd February 2023 (UK)
Friday I’m In Love is a book I knew I needed to read as soon as I read the synopsis on NetGalley. The cover first drew me in with the gorgeous pride dress and I’m so glad I indulged. Mahalia didn’t have a Sweet Sixteen like her best friend Naomi but she is determined to have a celebration – why not throw a party to come out? I loved the idea of this – and the confidence that we don’t all feel! Her best friend knows she likes girls but Mahalia is yet to tell her church-going mom for fear that she won’t be accepted. Of course, there are ups and downs along the way but this book did not disappoint. Mahalia’s crush on Siobhan reminded me of what it is like to have those moments where you are first falling for someone and they become your entire world, thought and breathe.
Mahalia is a wonderful protagonist. I loved how passionate she is: toward music, her friends, family, her crush. Mahalia really does feel and it seeped through the pages. She faces tough times throughout the book almost losing her friendship with Naomi and the ever growing question of whether or not Siobhan likes her back.
For me personally, one of the best things about this book was the way that it did not shy away from looking at financial difficulty. Mahalia and her mom don’t have much money and the challenge becomes even more difficult as the book goes on. Mahalia develops some really complicated feelings towards her mom in relation to this and it was really relatable – she loves the bones of her but sometimes resents their situation, especially when she compares her life to Naomi’s. I thought it was done really well in the book and I was glad to see it.
Friday I’m In Love is fluffy, cute and Mahalia is a relatable protagonist.
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