But that was before they found the band, and found each other. Things are better now.
Uber-readable, complex characters, diversity everywhere!!!
These are modern teens - and their use of different social networks and apps for different things totally reflects that.
Red just wants to be Red, while at the same time trying to fix everyone else's problems (me? relate to the thing? *laughs awkwardly*).
I liked the way this was dealt with for the most part, but I also had a serious issue with one part of it (see 'not so great bits' section.)
The focus on friendship - and how the band's friendship is their lifeline - also totally rocks.
But Delevingne & Coleman do a great job in not letting it feel overly-heavy. (Thank God.)
But PLEASE be careful - there is a LOT going on here. If you gotta stop, you gotta stop. Self-care comes first.
We are generally led to believe she is a cisgender, straight, boy, through her being referred to as 'mate' and general gender coding.
But this book plays into those expectations.
It's FAR from perfect, and I've given you the info. you need to decide whether it's for you, or whether you don't feel you can get behind something that falls into such an offensive trope.
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