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Today, I wanted to share Robin Talley's sophomore effort, What We Left Behind. It's due out on October 27th and it features a genderqueer character, which is something new for me. I haven't read a book by a character that identified as such. You can learn more about what this means here.
Official Summary: Toni and Gretchen are the couple everyone envied in high school. They've been together forever. They never fight. They're deeply, hopelessly in love. When they separate for their first year at college—Toni to Harvard and Gretchen to NYU—they're sure they'll be fine. Where other long-distance relationships have fallen apart, their relationship will surely thrive.
The reality of being apart, however, is a lot different than they expected. As Toni, who identifies as genderqueer, falls in with a group of transgender upperclassmen and immediately finds a sense of belonging that has always been missing, Gretchen struggles to remember who she is outside their relationship.
While Toni worries that Gretchen, who is not trans, just won't understand what is going on, Gretchen begins to wonder where she fits in Toni's life. As distance and Toni's shifting gender identity begins to wear on their relationship, the couple must decide—have they grown apart for good, or is love enough to keep them together?
What do you think? Would you read this? I read Talley's debut novel, Lies We Tell Ourselves, and I really loved it, so I'm excited to see something new from her. Add it to Goodreads now!