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If You Still Recognise Me

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This story tackles topics like grief, complicated relationships with family members, toxic relationships, and discovering your place in the world. I absolutely loved seeing so many facets of the queer community on page through our young group of teens (lesbian, gay, asexual, non-binary, etc. It is reminiscent of “Heartstopper” with women as the central characters, but it is also so much more than that.

ta książka zasługuje na specjalne miejsce w moim sercu, mimo wszystkich uszczerbków emocjonalnych, jakie ze sobą przyniosła. Fandom spaces are so important to the queer community because for a lot of us, it was the first place we saw ourselves represented and the first place where we got to talk to people who felt the same as us. It handles all of these brilliantly, and despite the difficult topics it is still a really heartwarming read. Cynthia So beautifully captures the fears, wishes and dreams of teens during those weeks inbetween school and university life, where everything seems to be changing constantly. And there are such quiet, introspective and tender moments amongst these Big Feelings and formative experiences.As an own voices reviewer; the family dynamics of an East Asian family were so unashamedly raw, this – not tokenism and harmful stereotypes – is the type of representation we need.

Both a time capsule of mid 2010’s fandom culture and a heartwarming childhood friends to lovers story starring QPOC, If You Still Recognize Me explores so much in a short amount of page time. Relationships and crushes move fast, that quick pace is not really my cup of tea either, but I still really enjoyed the book overall and would 100% recommend it to readers looking for a contemporary summer read! She’s introverted and struggles to make friends but lives for a graphic novel series and its fandom. This is an absolutely beautiful coming of age story that seems like it deals with a lot, but… it doesn’t feel like a lot. There isn't much happening, so if you're looking for action-packed YA novel you may feel disappointed.

However, this is just a personal thing though and I bet lots of other readers will find and see themselves in the characters' love for reading fanfics and creating fan art and edits!

The book itself is so beautifully written and the way in which culture, sexuality and relationships are intertwined throughout the book, is so heart achingly emotional to read. This is definitely a novel that makes people who feel unseen and unheard, feel seen and heard without even asking.It follows Elsie who has a crush on her internet best friend and is planning on making a big gesture to show her friend that she likes her. One thing I particularly loved is that this book doesn't end with the main character neatly coming out to her parents and grandmother, like you might expect.

i read if you still recognise me at the most apt time: while knee deep in the trenches of yet another fandom hyperfixation—a string of words that some might not entirely understand or relate to, but i think you do.We had lesbians and gays and ace and people who didn’t have a label and people who were just trying to figure themselves out. Still a little hurt from the years of silence, Elsie is wary of Joan, but as they reconnect, more feelings begin to arise, and maybe Joan isn’t the stranger Elsie assumed she’d be? I’ve been asking myself this since I first read the book nearly a year ago and I’m not getting any closer to an answer. This wasn’t too much of an issue for me personally, but I can see why some people wouldn’t like this element of the story. It wasn’t for me because I’m past that intense phase of living for a fandom and dedicating that much time to it, but that’s just me.

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