Carefully Everywhere Descending – L.B Bedford
I was lucky enough to be sent a copy of this book ahead of its release on October 1st by the lovely people at Harmony Ink Press.
The story follows Audrey, typical poor kid, trying desperately to achieve in high school so she can escape a dysfunctional house and go to a good college. She’s suceeding pretty well until Scarlett (ultimate hot girl name!), comes on to the scene, asking to be tutored…
The tension is thick throughout, despite arguments and making up (and out!), you’re really routing for this couple. The characters are complex and there isn’t too much emphasis put on “OHMYGOD THEY’RE LESBIANS!” Which I really appreciated. It was a love story, that just so happens to involve two girls, rather than what is often the case, where a writer is trying to be ‘edgy’ using lesbians as a novelty.
I don’t want to give too much away about the story, but it doesn’t end how you expect. I was gripping the book through the last few pages and it really was an amazing twist.
The writing was incredible, evoking so many feelings throughout, that it was hard to remember that it was a book, and not actual life. I found myself cringing with second hand embarrassment and squirming with anxiety – maybe it’s because I get far too into books, or just because Bedford knows how to put words together, either way, this was a pleasure to read.