REVIEW: The Melody of You and Me by M. Hollis
I was underwhelmed by this book, sadly enough. I think it's a classic case of "it's not you, it's me" though.
It's an F/F novella with lesbian, on page pan and Filipino rep. I loved the diversity. Other great things were how it showed the aftermath of abuse, the inclusive dream about a ballet studio and the conversation about how whether you've had a boyfriend in the past doesn't make you lesbian or not. I also enjoyed that it wasn't a utopian world where nobody judges on skin colour or sexual orientation, but the book wasn't dramatic or heavy.
Due to the length, I occasionally had the feeling it was rushed. Or maybe constantly. It was set in a bookstore, which is a super nice idea, but in my opinion, it could have been set anywhere since it didn't add much to the story. I thought the writing was kind of unmemorable but there was something about the style that just didn't work with me. Maybe the perspective, or how far away we were from the characters?
I'm quite sad actually because I wanted to love this short cute diverse story. And it was fine! But it didn't blow me away.