Girl Hearts Girl is a short memoir written by Lucy Sutcliffe, about an inspiration coming-out story.
I adored the opening to Girl Hearts Girl, immediately connecting to Lucy who is an avid bookworm, like myself. I loved how this came into the story, with lots of literary references, with even a chapter named after Hermione Granger. Hermione becomes a role model for Lucy, allowing her to have confidence in her pre-teen years. She accepts that other kids may see her as strange, but she just chooses to be herself and get on with life.
Lucy has a feeling from a young age that she is more attracted to girls than boys. I feel this book is raw and honest, even focusing on topics like anxiety and body image, which many young people suffer from. Lucy becomes extremely self-conscious, especially when she has her first crush on a girl. Her internal struggle is heartbreaking, as she tries to come to grips with the fact she could be gay. It was inspiring to follow her mental journey, as she talks about her teen angst and the pressure she felt to conform to a label.
The writing style of this book is so easy to follow and you just fly through the pages. Lucys’ narrative makes for a great read, as it is brutally honest with her struggles and her joys. This makes the book very relatable, as most girls have received similar treatment or experiences.
Lucy begins to find her confidence in amateur dramatics surrounded by her friends, however she is still habouring her fears about being gay or bisexual. This is worsened that she feels alienated, as she hasn’t had a ‘proper’ relationship at 16/17. I like watching her confidence grow, as she becomes more herself than she has been so far in the book. Lucy has to deal with several different boys having a crush on her,even one of her best friends, but she just isn’t interested in them. It brought an interesting dynamic to the plot, with the the relationship between Lucy and Rachel as they deal with similar boy problems.
Lucy witnesses one of her friends coming out and is completely astounded by his bravery. She also looks up to openly gay celebrities and for the first time in 17 years she comes to terms with the fact she is gay, and she is well on her way to coming out. It made me feel so proud of her despite not knowing her.
As for is focusing on her A-Levels Lucy is becoming more Lucy, and stops contemplating whether she is this or that, and just accepts she is who she is.
By complete chance Lucy meets Kaelyn on the internet who has the same problems with coming out as she does. The two fast become friends, and help each other accept and learn that being gay is only a small part of themselves. Very quickly Lucy realises she is falling for this girl, and for the first time it doesn’t frighten her. Lucy finally comes out to her friends and has an amazing reception, but I feel some hard times will be upon her soon. Lucy and Kaelyn seems an amazing match and push each other to be better in every aspect of their lives. They both harbor the same guilty feels about not being openly gay, and having to keep each other a secret from the important people in the lives, which makes the reader sympathise with them so much.
In the break between sixth form and university Lucy travels to America making a stop at the university where Kaelyn is studying, only to fall more and more in love with each other. As they depart Lucy feels like her heart is breaking, as she doesn’t know the next time she will be able to hold or kiss Kaelyn again. At this point she still hasn’t come out to her parents but swear she will do it after she leaves for university. Lucy faces some trials at university including some persistent guys who won’t take no for an answer. But she does become a lot more proud in herself ,and her sexuality, and is no longer afraid to tell people about Kaelyn. Despite being miles apart Kaelyn and Lucy relationship grows every stronger.
The final fifty pages of this novel were astounding. So much is wrapped up, and it is emotional rollercoaster. Lucy Sutcliffe is an amazing, honest, and wonderful writer and I hope these is so much more to come from her. I have a feeling Sutcliffe is going to be a new insta-buy author. I have read it and loved it and I urge everyone to do the same.
Love wins over hate, every time.
This book was sent to me for review consideration by Maximum Pop.
Working in collaboration with Jodie Loves Books