Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.
Book: The One True Me and You
Author: Remi K. England
Book Series: Standalone
Diversity: Queer romance, Lesbian MC, Non-binary pansexual/questioning/prefers girls MC, Bisexual character
Recommended For…: young adult readers, contemporary, romance, LGBT+, fandom
Publication Date: March 1, 2022
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Age Relevance: 14+ (slight body dysphoria, homophobia, sexism, misgendering, romance, slight language, parental death mentioned, suicide death mentioned, racism mentioned, outing)
Explanation of Above: The book features a character who is questioning their gender identify and their sexual preference. They experience a little body dysphoria and misgendering. They are also outed and it’s shown in the book. Homophobia and sexism are discussed in the book. There are slight mentions to a parental death and death by suicide. There is lots of cute romance in the book. There is also one very slight mention to racism in regards to pageant officials (how they do the bare minimum) and very slight language (there’s just a handful of curse words in the book).
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Synopsis: Up and coming fanfic author Kaylee Beaumont is internally screaming at the chance to finally meet her fandom friends in real life and spend a weekend at GreatCon. She also has a side quest for the weekend:
Try out they/them pronouns to see how it feels
Wear more masculine-presenting cosplay
Kiss a girl for the first time
It’s… a lot, and Kay mostly wants to lie face down on the hotel floor. Especially when her hometown bully, Miss North Carolina, shows up in the very same hotel. But there’s this con-sponsored publishing contest, and the chance to meet her fandom idols… and then, there’s Teagan.
Pageant queen Teagan Miller (Miss Virginia) has her eye on the much-needed prize: the $25,000 scholarship awarded to the winner of the Miss Cosmic Teen USA pageant. She also has secrets:
She loves the dresses but hates the tiaras
She’s a giant nerd for everything GreatCon
She’s gay af
If Teagan can just keep herself wrapped up tight for one more weekend, she can claim the scholarship and go off to college out and proud. If she’s caught, she could lose everything she’s worked for. If her rival, Miss North Carolina, has anything to do with it, that’s exactly how it’ll go down.
When Teagan and Kay bump into one another the first night, sparks fly. Their connection is intense—as is their shared enemy. If they’re spotted, the safe space of the con will be shattered, and all their secrets will follow them home. The risks are great… but could the reward of embracing their true selves be worth it?
Review: If it can be possible to fall in love with a book, then I have completely fallen in love with this one. The book is so so sweet and I loved the story. The romance is between a pageant queen and a fanfic writer. It gives me a lot of Geekerella vibes and has a lot of fandom mentions, the biggest being Sherlock (johnlocke especially). The book is not only a sweet romance, but it also is a sweet tale about a person who is finding their gender identity and sexuality, which I think is hugely important in today’s day and age. I felt like the character development was amazingly well done and the world building was fun and well done as well. The pacing is on key and I honestly will reread this one day (and I never reread!).
The only issue I had with the book is that I felt like the ending was a bit too open-ended so I hope that we get another book that follows Teagan and Kaylee or a side story with the other characters, especially Jess and Miss Oregon.
Verdict: I highly recommend this one!