Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Before Goodbye - Grief, A Straight Romance, and a Lesbian Best Friend (Whose Girlfriend Hates You)

Before Goodbye by Mimi Cross

Music means more than anything to high school student Cate Reese; it’s also what unites her with Cal Woods. Devoted classical guitar players, Cate and Cal are childhood friends newly smitten by love—until a devastating accident rips Cal out of Cate’s life forever. Blaming herself for the horrific tragedy and struggling to surface from her despair, Cate spirals downhill in a desperate attempt to ease her pain.

Fellow student David Bennet might look like the school’s golden boy, but underneath the surface the popular athlete battles demons of his own. Racked with survivor’s guilt after his brother’s suicide, things get worse when tragedy darkens his world again—but connecting with Cate, his sister’s longtime babysitter, starts bringing the light back in.

As Cate and David grow closer, the two shattered teenagers learn to examine the pieces of their lives…and, together, find a way to be whole again.

What's queer about it? The author shared with me that "Cate's lifelong best friend Laurel is a lesbian, and the thing is, Cate doesn't like Dee, the girl Laurel is dating, and Dee hates Cate. Basically, Dee is jealous of Cate." It's a storyline that adds, according to Mimi, "a lot to the main story. Also, there is a flashback to the day Laurel came out to Cate, and even though the scene is fiction, it's inspired by one of my best friends, who waited two years to come out to me."

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