The Inside of Out by Jenn Marie Thorne

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When her best friend, Hannah, comes out as gay, Daisy decides to make her a new “cause”. Daisy joins her school’s alliance group and begins brainstorming ways to make Hannah’s coming out as supportive as possible. First item on the list is changing a school rule that students cannot bring same sex dates to school dances. Met with resistance by the school board, Daisy and the alliance group begin planning counterattacks. But, to Daisy’s surprise, Hannah doesn’t seem to be that interested in Daisy’s efforts. What’s more, Hannah is dating Daisy’s arch-nemesis, a girl who has made Daisy’s life miserable since grade school. Somehow, Daisy must come to terms with the tumultuous changes in her life, save the school dance, and win her best friend back.

This is, hands down, the best book I’ve read in a while. Other reviews will tell you that Daisy is hard to read because she’s awful. While that opinion is not untrue (Daisy is selfish and flawed), I’m impressed with the character growth that happens with her by the end of the book. And, even if you hate Daisy, the other characters more than make up for her flaws. With the strong cast and super relevant issues, this book gives you a lot to think about. The plot, though predictable, is entertaining and engaging. I was constantly reading to find out what happened! While this may not be the most “academically weighty” book you will read, it’s certainly a great one, and I highly recommend it.

Rating: 5/5

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