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- Publication Date : August 10, 2020
- File Size : 1199 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : NineStar Press (August 10, 2020)
- Print Length : 239 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B08FBLSY6X
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,411,807 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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This was heavy. The narrative tone is somber and reminiscent. With its main theme being Kat dealing with an abusive past relationship, the story is less about what is happening in the physical world but more about what goes on in Kat’s mind. That being said, the many events during Kat's time at Grand-Barachois are so sweet they made me slightly emotional again and again. In "We Go Together," we follow her journey of healing as she begins to acknowledge what she has gone through, relearns to trust others, and finds her own voice again.
In the beginning, Kat is unable to fully see her ex as an abuser, and throughout most of the book, she continues to dance around the subject. She is somewhat in denial, self-blaming, and also in withdrawal. My heart hurts for her but I also love how she finds support in her friends: some from the Summer Six (Lucy, Annick, Sébastien, Mikey, Reagan) and Tristan. They are mostly sad queer teens but were drawn to each other well before they understood themselves. Then together, they are invincible.
I love that Kat, Lucy, and Tristan started the summer project of making the dreams of the Six's younger selves come true. The adventures the new friend group has are fun, light-hearted, and made me smile. They are all very respectful toward each other as well, and their relationships pure and beautiful.
My first impression of Tristan is that he is so incredibly precious. The relationship he and Kat develops over time is what healthy friendship and later on romance should be. He still has lingering internalized transphobia from his past but has overall grown into his true self. There is no doubt that he helps anchor Kat as she learns to cut out toxicity from her life. They make a cute couple, too.
"We Go Together" is a wholesome summer story with an awesome cast of LGBTQ+ teens. While this book is definitely not for every reader due to its theme and melancholy mood, it is a great YA that portrays both abusive and healthy romantic relationships along with supportive friendships. Many of the quotes are worth revisiting one day, too.
* I received an ARC from NineStar Press.
Consent is a big part of this novel. Abigail de Niverville does a remarkable job of expressing how confused, frustrated, and frightened Kat is by her sexual relationship with her ex. Looking back at her past relationship through the filter of a new friend with potential, she knows that what happened to her, happened without her consent and she battles to put that into perspective in her life.
There is wonderfully diverse representation in this novel. What I have enjoyed in the past about Abigail's writing is the way that she captures her bisexual characters. The author gives a balanced view of a character's thoughts and feelings... they don't immediately have a connection to a certain gender.
The trans supporting character was great. What I liked most was that it was handled wonderfully. Tristan is a great character in his own right, the fact that he is trans is just one other thing about him. (Note: I am a cisgender woman and can only speak to the representation as an ally.)
de Niverville approaches Kat's trauma in such a respectful and heartfelt way that feels so true to her character. Kat is tortured, partly by herself ("No wonder this had happened to me.") and partly by those around her.
As Kat navigates her internal turmoil and reconnects with old friends she thought she'd lost, she comes to find her strength and resilience.
"Sometimes I wondered if I'd ever been what everyone else saw."
The storytelling is raw and introspective; there is no sugar-coating of hard realizations and frank discussions of consent. That's what made me fall in love with this book.
Kat is an amazing character, even if it takes her some time to come to that realization.
"I was a dandelion. They could cut me down repeatedly and I'd always grow back."