You’re You by Mette Bach
Published by James Lorimer & Company
Published On August 1 2018
You’re You is a rapidly evolving story of 17 year old Freyja and her journey to discover her sexuality. Freyja has always identified as an out and loud lesbian; she even heads up her schools GSA (gay-straight alliance). When her girlfriend dumps her and she meets Sanjay, a boy who shares her values, Freyja is forced to confront her feelings.
You’re You takes a quick look inside the mind of a teenage girl as she discovers that sexuality can be fluid. The timeline is accelerated in just 184 pages, making this story a quick read. That is not to say there is anything lacking here, though. I applaud Mette Bach for creating a narrative that can cover so much ground in so few pages.
There is something to be said for books geared towards LGBTQ+ youth, especially ones that won’t take you days or weeks to finish. This book took me about two hours to read but left me with so many things to consider that I doubt it’ll leave me any time soon. Not only does Freyja have to confront her feelings and sexuality, she’s forced to take a step back and look at her own character. I loved seeing her evolve and take steps to make herself a better person.
On top of that, I adore being able to see inside the mind of a strong personality. Often times teenagers will make up their own minds about why someone acts the way they do. They can spout hateful things, judging someone who acts differently. This book takes you into the head of Freyja who seems to be a born leader, bulldozing over anyone who gets in her way. I implore young adults to take a chance on this book; there are several lessons to be learned here.
Thank you to netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.