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It's Not My Favorite (The Lake Effect Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – October 31, 2013
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Gwenn is a good girl, a responsible girl... a miserable girl. Her steady diet of vivid fantasies is the only part of her life she enjoys. She daydreams of new parents, a more exciting job and an actual love life. She struggles to run a business as The Organizer, while she stacks relationship carcasses in the closet of her own completely unorganized life. Her only real friend is her younger sister, Rachel.
Rachel is outgoing, risqué and happily gay. The only people who don't know this little secret are her judgmental parents, Pastor Ed and Shirley. Rachel struggles mightily to dodge her mother's constant attempts to set her up with "nice Christian boys"; while holding down a job at the bakery and keeping up with her rock-star girlfriend!
Gwenn uncovers a photo that brings her imaginary world careening into reality. She's forced to ask herself if wealthy artist, Daniel Gregory is the answer she's been seeking or a grand delusion.
Break-ups, meltdowns, family secrets, wild nights and finally a journey of self-discovery to exotic New Zealand keep Gwenn and Rachel stumbling toward independence.
So grab your parka and join the Hutchinson girls, as they experience the Lake Effect in Duluth, Minnesota!
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Anyway. It's a descent read all things considered. I just don't like to be deceived.
Sadly, it became clear early on that It's Not My Favorite was not going to be a story about both sisters finding love and dealing with their mother. It's very much Gwenn's story and honestly, other than the awkwardness at the beginning, it's not that interesting. Rachel on the other hand has a break-up, rebound, make-up, and coming out all crammed into maybe five out of fifty chapters! That is not fair especially since she's given half of the description! She's very much a side character and not the main character.
It's Not My Favorite did start off pretty great. Gwenn has never felt like she fits in her family, so when she thinks her mother may have had an affair around the time of her conception, she's desperate to find the truth. Of course this means that she originally thought the love interest was her father! Talk about awkward! But then she takes off to New Zealand to get herself together and Daniel stalks her across the world. That is not okay! They had only met twice: once when she asked if he's her father and then again for a DNA test. But he's in love with her and has to find her and bring her home! Creepy!Read more ›
It was funny to read, especially how the parents were so wacko and how the author made fun of their Minnesota accents. But I started reading it because it was categorized as a lesbian romance and instead I got to read endlessly about hetero sex, YUCK! I got the book for free and will not pay for the next 2 books in the series, if they are available for free I might read them.
If every book with an LGBT character is going to be automatically classified as an LGBT novel then you have A LOT of re-classifying to do!
Sometimes too much info is just too much. So much writing was unnecessary. I don't think they even introduced Daniel until chapter 9 or 10.... The story just rambled; too many details, too much completely useless information. There really wasn't clear focus or direction.
The characters, y'all. They are rich and detailed. I'm a huge character person, and I couldn't get enough of these characters. The development is brilliant and I felt like I got to know all of the characters. Rachel was my favorite, and I really bonded with her!
I hope that Rue writes more. I absolutely loved her writing and It's Not My Favorite. It allows you to experience the characters and story so well. This is a wonderful contemporary that you won't regret giving a chance to!
**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review with no compensation.
This book is the story of two sisters raised by extreme Christian parents. You know the kind that think everything you do is wrong and not "Christ like". Can't wear pants. They need to find you the perfect husband, well the problem with that is one of the sisters is gay and of course she has not told her parents. Rachel is living with her girlfriend Annie and she has a bakery. Gwenn owns a company called The Organizer. She goes to homes and offices and organizes their spaces. Because she is so well at organizing her parents have help them everytime they move which is every couple years (maybe even months). During their last move Gwenn found pictures of her mom in front of some artwork that gave Gwenn reason to believe she was not her father's daughter. This is not far from her own mind as she looks nothing like her sister and she has always thought maybe something weird was going on.
In looking for the artist who signed the pictures she meets Daniel. Their journey together is both funny at times and also extremely hot too.
Then we have Rachel and Annie 's story... it is not as heavy a story in this book and I hope that in one of the other books in this series we get more of their story.
Good story with depth.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A fast-paced story full of sisterly love, self-acceptance, adventure, family drama and of course, romance. A fun quick-weekend read that will leave you wanting more.Published 26 days ago by Ashley Hines
Lovely story about two sisters and their path for love. Looking forward to the next book in the series!Published 28 days ago by Lisa Wellott
I really tried. This is poorly written. The clichés, the fashion-magazine descriptions of what characters are wearing, the impossible and stilted dialogue... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This author clearly has issues with Christians and the midwest accent, or to say the least she overdoes those two themes. I'm glad the purchase was free through BookBub. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Heidi Lueck
Writing is very poor. Characters are pointless. It most definitely doesn't belong in lesbian fiction which was one of the reasons I got it. Thank goodness it was free.Published 2 months ago by Kaydee
Wow! I loved it, loved it, loved it. I have three wonderful, amazing girls, and Gwenny and Rachel would have fit in perfectly in our crazy, marvellous, bunch!Published 2 months ago by Isabel C