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Imogen Obviously by Becky Albertalli

The Story

Imogen Obviously synopsis from the publisher:

IMOGEN OBVIOUSLY by Becky Albertalli

Imogen Scott may be hopelessly heterosexual, but she’s got the World’s Greatest Ally title locked down.

She’s never missed a Pride Alliance meeting. She knows more about queer media discourse than her very queer little sister. She even has two queer best friends. There’s Gretchen, a fellow high school senior, who helps keep Imogen’s biases in check. And then there’s Lili—newly out and newly thriving with a cool new squad of queer college friends.

Imogen’s thrilled for Lili. Any ally would be. And now that she’s finally visiting Lili on campus, she’s bringing her ally A game. Any support Lili needs, Imogen’s all in.

Even if that means bending the truth, just a little.

Like when Lili drops a tiny queer bombshell: she’s told all her college friends that Imogen and Lili used to date. And none of them know that Imogen is a raging hetero—not even Lili’s best friend, Tessa.

Of course, the more time Imogen spends with chaotic, freckle-faced Tessa, the more she starts to wonder if her truth was ever all that straight to begin with. . .

My Thoughts: Imogen Obviously

It’s been a long while since I’ve read YA (I read this one prior to my last review of Emma Lord’s Begin Again). And Becky Albertalli’s latest book has got me back on the YA/New Adult train.

I LOVED this book!

Readers will notice though, in this story, it feels different. It’s more personal. Where a young woman begins to explore her identity, sexuality, and her friendships in this moving novel. Imogen Obviously is filled with all the classic Albertalli banter, wit, and clever dialogue, but there’s also this undercurrent of uncertainty, vulnerability, and anxiety. It’s felt throughout the novels as Imogen reflects on her past as well as the fake relationship she’s thrown into. But every page, every chapter of this novel is a gift to readers.

Plus, like all of Albertalli’s novels, she fills them with hilariously brilliant characters who you wish were part of this world.

Well, except for Gretchen. I could definitely live without her.

Run, don’t walk to pre-order this one.

Happy Reading ~ Cece

RATING: ink blotink blotink blotink blot – Exceptionally Inked

Publication Details

Pub DateISBNPage CountPublisherAge GroupSource & FormatReview Posted Online
2-May-23978-0063325265352Balzer + BrayNew AdultNetGalley, Digital ARCJanuary 3, 2023

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