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A story of broadway dreams and sapphic romance (If I Told You - Review)

Updated: Aug 1, 2021

Hi everyone

I’m so excited to share today’s review with you all! The review is of the book If I Told You by Avery Easton, which comes out almost two months exactly from today on September 17th. First off I want to say a huge thank you to Avery Easton for giving me the opportunity to read an ARC of this book! I had such a wonderful time reading it and I can't wait to share my thoughts with everyone.

This book is a perfect mix of musical theatre and sapphic romance that has you captivated right from the beginning to the very end. The story follows Paige, a broadway performer born to sing and dance, who gets the chance to be a lead in an all new broadway show. She moves from NYC to Chicago where the show is being workshopped. While she’s in Chicago Paige vows to spend time finding herself which means no dating or romances, but that all chances when she meets Alex. Alex is a stand-up comedian who unintentionally charms her way into Paige’s heart. Knowing their careers will lead them apart when Paige eventually leaves Chicago they promise to just enjoy the moment and have fun for the summer. But things don’t always go as planned do they?

I loved reading about the romance between Alex and Paige. You could tell there was a spark right from the beginning that kept me always wanting to read more. Usually I can sense how the ending is going to go by halfway through a book, but this one kept me guessing until the very end which I thought was refreshing. The story was fairly fast-paced, but given the amount of time the book was set over (multiple months) I thought the pace suited it nicely. even with the fast pace there were so many wonderful moments and adventures that written in wonderful detail, and no special moment was missed out on. I also loved all of the subtle (and maybe a few less subtle) song references from different musicals. I found that to be such a sweet personal touch to the story.

One of things that really stood out to me in the book was it showing that you don’t always have your sexuality figured out at a younger age. I often find in queer books that the characters are either in high school or they’re adults that figured out their sexuality when they were younger. That isn’t always the case in real life and it was reassuring to have a book showed that. Thank you Avery Easton for doing such a superb job at writing this story! It’s one i’ve already picked up to re-read and I love it just as much as the first time. I’ll definitely be pre-ordering a physical copy on August 1st (official date pre-order begins) and can’t wait to have it on my self.

I hope you all enjoyed the review, and hope that you check out the book when it comes out Sept. 17th!

~ Emily

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