By Anne Marie McLemore
5 out of 5 stars
To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseparable. Roses grow out of Miel’s wrist, and rumors say that she spilled out of a water tower when she was five. Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in the trees, and for how little anyone knows about his life before he and his mother moved to town. But as odd as everyone considers Miel and Sam, even they stay away from the Bonner girls, four beautiful sisters rumored to be witches. Now they want the roses that grow from Miel’s skin, convinced that their scent can make anyone fall in love. And they’re willing to use every secret Miel has fought to protect to make sure she gives them up.
This is not a book that I feel like I have any right to review or make any judgement or critics of. It’s a diverse story that I think everyone needs to read at least once to totally understand being transgender. It also discusses bullying and abuse and made me think a lot about what makes a family. This is the first time I’ve ever read a book with a transgender character and having them in a relationship which is why I am hesitant. I really enjoyed how the relationship was handled and written–I appreciated that even more after reading the author note.
McLemore definitely has a very destinct writing style and while the book isn’t what I expected…it’s very beautiful. I own two other books by her which I didn’t realize but am happy to own these and move them up my TBR now.
Another issue I have with reviewing it is that I am not totally comfortable with magic realism but this has far more magic than being just a contemporary like I anticipated.
Please make sure to take the two extra minutes and read the authors note at the end.