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While she quietly sorts through her grandmother's book collection, she's sorting through so much more. Her history, her family's history and foibles, her feelings on a dozen different subjects. Her true emotions and self. I identified so much with this! I have a huge book collection and one of the things I find when I go to visit my books, pull a few from the shelves, and/or discuss them with others is that through my books, I often define aspects of myself. It's that quiet moment thing again and Eli transcribed that beautifully in this novel.
The other thing I really admire about Eli's writing is how she captures the small moments. A look across a crowded dance floor, describing the colour of someone's eyes, the feeling when you touch someone you're still getting to know, the closeness between cousins - even as adults, the feeling of remoteness we all move around when we've been busy and are suddenly faced with a day of nothing. I envy her skill in this and it's one of those things that help shape her novels into such wonderful stories. Here, she perfectly captured the newness of Ava'a friendship with Cara, and the sweetness of what is to come.
Skin Hunger is a short book and with so much of it focused on Ava’s family, the developing relationship between Ava and Cara falls to the wayside. Both Ava and Cara are hesitant to form a relationship and are dealing with issues from their past. However, Ava is able to let go of her romantic love for Tuck and recognize that she was using it to hold back from finding anything serious. While Ava and Cara do get together, their story feels unfinished by the end of the book. They live on different coasts and the result of maintaining a long distance relationship isn’t addressed in an epilogue or anything. Rather their relationship and story is left open ended at the end of the book. Despite this, I felt this was a realistic read and I do want to continue Eli Lang’s series. Also, I’m intrigued enough to want to read more F/F romances.
Unfortunately, I was underwhelmed by Skin Hunger. The attraction between Ava and Cara is firmly in the back seat to Ava's relationship with her parents, her relationship with her grandmother, and her longtime unrequited love for her best friend Tuck. There's just so much going on. I barely got any sense of Cara's personality except that Ava likes her. (I barely got any sense of Tuck, either, except that Ava repeatedly told me they were best friends and perfectly in sync.) That might have been okay if this wasn't published by a romance press and the blurb didn't market the central conflict as the romance between Ava and Cara, for which Ava might have to "change her whole life around"... which she never actually considers, as far as I could tell?
I'm sad I didn't care for this much, because I am definitely looking for more F/F romances! :(