Book Review: Girlfriend Material

I liked this book. I picked it up mostly because it was published by Disney-Hyperion and I’ll be attending an upcoming conference with one of their editors. I always feel better if I’ve come with at least one of their books read. Possibly I’ve read more, but nothing comes to mind. Anyway, I started another book from that publishing house, put it down, and picked this one up. Girlfriend Material was a light and breezy read. I liked how Kate, the main character, struggled to understand what it meant to have a boyfriend and be a girlfriend. I think this book will ring familiar with girls who are new to the realm of actual relationships with guys. And Adam is a fun guy to follow around with Kate.

Some parts of the book were quite funny, and while at first I was kind of pissed that the storyline with Kate’s mom wasn’t resolved, I later decided that I liked it better that it hadn’t been resolved. Tammara, if you are reading this, I recommend this book to you. I believe it would hit the spot for you: romance with a small side of steam paired with a bit of family drama, and finishing with bit of humor and sweetness.

Next, something meatier: Where She Went, by Gayle Foreman. If you haven’t read the prequel, If I Stay, I highly recommend it. Wondering if I should re-read it before digging into the next one. It was my favorite book of 2009, even though I’d completely brushed off the idea of reading it because, ohmygodnotanotherbookaboutdeath! Glad I found that signed copy in the used book store that night in Ann Arbor.

Published by jody sparks

Jody Sparks Mugele spent her first career in marketing writing and leading teams of writers and editors. After her son came out as transgender in 2015, she dedicated herself to advocating for the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. For two years, she led the Indianapolis regional chapter of PFLAG, a nationally renowned LGBTQ+ advocacy group. She has given many conference talks about parenting trans kids, healthcare in the trans community, and suicidality among LGBTQ+ youth. And with GenderNexus, an Indianapolis-based advocacy organization, she created programming and led support groups to work with parents to help their children through all aspects of gender transition. She recently moved to Northeast Georgia where she is excited to develop opportunities to continue to strongly and proudly advocate for LGBTQ+ members of our society. She also LOVES kitschy Christmas crafting!

One thought on “Book Review: Girlfriend Material

  1. I have to read the Gayle Forman books. I’ve heard so many good things about them. Have fun at the conference and tell us all about it.

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