You’re You by Mette Bach
“All that really matters is what’s in your heart.”
Freyja is a high school senior who identifies as queer. Her girlfriend, Rachel has brought out the best in her. Both girls have started a YouTube channel where they talk to other queer teens and constantly remind them how welcomed and loved they are in the community. Freyja is also the president of her school’s gay-straight alliance club (GSA) and does what she can to advocate for the others in the group. But, Rachel breaks up with Freyja and Freyja must figure out her life when Rachel is all she has ever known.
However, Freyja comes off as bossy and the other members of the GSA want to focus on more than just social justice and activism. They want to have fun and enjoy themselves.
In an attempt to try something new and push herself out of her comfort zone, Freyja volunteers and joins the local food bank to help others who are less fortunate. There, she meets Sanjay and begins to question not only herself but her sexuality and everything it means to be queer. She is afraid to be judged and is terrified of labeling herself as anything other than “queer”.
Mette Bach has created a character that can easily be identified with. We all question ourselves constantly. And sometimes, a small label can make or break us. But, the story feels like a cliché. Freyja is not a dynamic character. One guy should not be the reason that she feels like her life is falling apart when nothing is going wrong in her life. The other characters also feel like stereotypes—the overly gaygay guy; the cliquey teenage girls who rather take selfies than do volunteer work.
I am torn about this story. I love the concept and it is well written. But this will not do wonders for the queer community as it is riddled with clichés and stereotypes.
*I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*