Beautiful, touching, hopeful!
Being True #2
Stella Marshall feels invisible to everyone but her sister Jessica and best friend Jenna. Thanks to their Friday night LGBTQ youth group meetings, she can be true to herself and cast aside the boy she was born as, Steven. The rest of the time, she locks herself away, because if her super conservative, Christian parents ever found out….
When her little sister admits to liking a girl as more than a friend, it becomes ten times harder for Stella to keep up the charade. She wants to stand by Jess and take some of the heat away, and that means coming out of the closet—even if it costs Stella her family and the girl of her dreams, Lillian Nelson. Unfortunately, it’s too frightening to give up the security of hiding behind Steven. But Stella knows she has to be brave, for herself and her sister.
Once again I am amazed at how well Ms. Lynne channels the teenage girls mind. So many times authors try to write YA and they just don't get the words or the syntax correct, but that is not the case with the books that I have read by this author.
Stella's character and her fears are so real and heart-wrenching. She is one of the strongest characters I have read, no matter her age. Her struggles maintaining "Steve" in her everyday life knowing she isn't being true to the real her are some of the most poignant scenes. Her parent's reaction to her coming out, while difficult for me to accept, I know happens everyday somewhere in the world.
This book has some strong, supportive secondary characters that I wish every person struggling could have in their life. I also think that every high school library should carry these books; if for no other reason than to reaffirm that there are places and people out there that do care.