January 15, 2022

The One True You and Me Review

The One True You and Me Review

Title: The One True You and Me
Author: Remi K England
Style:  Romance, LBGTQIA+
Rating: 4/5

The One True You and Me gave me all the feels.  This was such an empowering and welcoming read for everyone.  Teagan is competing in the Miss Cosmic Teen USA pageant. She's nerdy, into GreatCon and is a lesbian. She has kept this all a secret. Kaylee is unsure about their gender identity but wants to try out they/them pronouns while at GreatCon which happens to be taking place at the same place as the pageant.  The two meet and sparks fly.

I will be honest. I do not know much about beauty pageants and even less about fandoms but I still loved this story so much. This is a story about finding yourself, acceptance, exploration, friendship and love.  I loved all the representation in this book. As a cis-female I see myself in stories all the time. It's refreshing to see gay and nonbinary representation in books. The descriptions and use of they/them for Kaylee's character were flawless and beautiful. We need more books like this. I want everyone to be able to see themselves in stories.

I loved how these characters found themselves and grew throughout the story. I feel like the author covered some pretty tough topics like transphobia, homophobia (I am pretty sure Madison takes the award for my most hated character of all time) and gender dysphoria.  There is also talk about suicide and other mental health issues. Sexual identifies are outed publicly.  These can be triggering for some.  Overall, I really liked this book. It was a quick read that I devoured in (almost) one sitting.

**Thank you Wednesday Books and NetGalley for the advanced readers copy in exchange for my honest review.