If you still recognize me

Cynthia So

Book - 2023

"This summer, Elsie is finally going to confess her feelings to her longtime--and long-distance--crush. They may be separated by an ocean, but Elsie feels fluttery every time Ada's name pops up on her phone. Ada gets her like no one else. That is, until Joan, Elsie's childhood best friend, literally walks back ito her life. Joan, who disappeared into radio silence after moving away to Hong Kong years ago, and never replied to any of Elsie's letters or emails. Joan, who somehow slots back into Elsie's life like she never left - and makes Elsie wonder if she's left behind a little too much of the girl she used to be. Then Ada mentions her grandmother's own long-lost pen pal (and maybe love?), a woman who onc...e lived in a seaside town in Cornwall, only a train ride away from Elsie's Oxford home. Suddenly Elsie knows just the grand gesture to show Ada how she feels. But as her plan to reunite the two older women ignites a summer of repairing broken bonds, Elsie is torn in different directions... and starts to hope it's not too late to recover all the things she's lost." -- jacket flap.

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Young adult fiction
LGBTQ+ romance fiction
Lesbian romance fiction
Lesbian fiction
Queer fiction
New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers 2023.
Main Author
Cynthia So (author)
First US edition
Item Description
"Originally published in 2022 in the UK by Stripe Publishing / Little Tiger Press"--Title page verso.
Physical Description
377 pages ; 22 cm
Contents unavailable.
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Debut author So tenderly celebrates friendship, fandom, and family in this fervent second-chance-romance. Eighteen-year-old childhood best friends Elsie Lo and Joan Tse haven't spoken to each other since Joan moved to Hong Kong seven years ago, until a serendipitous encounter reconnects them in their Oxford, England, hometown. Though she's eager to "just wave away those years" when she didn't hear from Joan, Elsie wrestles with feelings of abandonment and awkwardness as the two relearn one another. Elsie, who is only out as bisexual to close friends, has also been hyping herself up to confess her love for her longtime online pen pal Ada, a fanfic writer. Recruiting her best friend Ritika and publicly out lesbian Joan to help, Elsie embarks on a trip to perform a grand romantic gesture for Ada. Too little planning as well as tensions surrounding old hurts obstruct the teens' goals, but new perspectives and shared moments of pathos bring them together. Dialogue-heavy interactions and a leisurely buildup--crafted with depth, nuance, and care--center a memorable cast and warm depictions of connection. Main characters read as East Asian. Ages 14--up. (May)

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Review by Kirkus Book Review

It's the summer before she starts university, and a comic enthusiast from Oxford, England, has plans. In addition to a vacation with best friend Ritika Ghosh, Elsie Lo is finally going to confess her feelings for Ada Hobbs, her long-distance crush and online fandom friend who has a Black Nigerian mum and a White English dad. Things start to shift when Elsie runs into Joan Tse, the childhood BFF who ghosted her years ago. The two start chatting, rekindle a friendship, and come out to each other as lesbian (Joan) and bi (Elsie). Elsie shares her plan to try to reunite two long-separated women--probably lesbian lovers, one of them Ada's grandmother. She hopes this grand romantic gesture will impress Ada. Joan is game to join in, and the Cornwall vacation with Ritika turns into a three-person research trip. This ambitious novel has many threads, including an epistolary element and multiple romances, and it doesn't always come together. The relatively deep backstories--Elsie is also the survivor of an unhealthy relationship--and numerous key characters make for a slow start. Still, Elsie's search for an older generation of queer women even as she grapples with her own challenging grandmother gives the story momentum and depth, and her journey to finding love, her people, and herself rings tender and true. Both Elsie's and Joan's families are from Hong Kong; most major characters are people of color and/or queer. A worthwhile celebration of love and second chances from a fresh voice. (Romance. 13-18) Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.